Hi, everyone! So I think that I should begin by introducing myself… My name is Adrean and I have been working here at Love’s Flower Shop on and off since about 2014. I am 100% new to the blogging world but I am going to do everything in my power to make this particular blog page the best that it can be…. Starting with our very first play-by-play, top-to-bottom, straight from the mouth of the bride (and the planner) documentation of what exactly it takes to make a wedding happen.
On April 21st of this year, I will be getting married (exciting, I know)! And in order for any of this to make much sense, I think I need to share a little back-story on my fiance and I.
Daniel and I met through a campus ministry called Chi Alpha at Arkansas Tech University through a mutual friend and we had a connection right away. Kind of like that fairy-tale “love at first sight” thing that is so cliche it could only possible happen in the movies… fast forward a little to December of 2016; Daniel gets down on one knee, asks me to be his wife and of course my answer was a resounding “YES!” But what happened next caught me off guard…
Now, mind you, I had been planning weddings for two years at that point so you would think that planning my own would be easy, right?? WRONG! I learned very quickly that there was SO MUCH MORE that went into making a wedding come together than I had ever imagined. So, as a bride and as a wedding/event planner, I would like to share with you a few of the things that I learned right off the bat and have taken to heart:
- SET YOUR BUDGET – I seriously cannot stress this enough. And I don’t mean set a budget for your wedding overall. I mean set a budget for your dress, your cake(s), your bridal party, your food, your rings, etc.
- Book early- To some, this probably seems like the obvious thing to do. But you need to know that wedding vendors (i.e. florists, planners, venues, bakers, photographers) are booking weddings sometimes a year or more in advance. This means that if you don’t get your date on their books ASAP, then you may not get who you want.
- Research, research, research- This is your WEDDING DAY. Make it count! When you are looking to book your vendors, never use the first one that you get a quote from without first exploring your options. Look them up on Facebook, take a glance at their website, see if you can find reviews for their work on Google, call them and see if you can set up a meeting.
- Pinterest- Some of you may cringe a little at that word, BUT it can be such a useful tool for figuring out what you like! Below I’ll be adding some of my own Pinterest wedding inspiration.
These are by no means the extent of the tips that I could give you, but they certainly have come in handy for me during this period of planning. Be sure to tune in next week, especially you newly engaged ladies and gentleman, because I’ll be discussing all of the vendors that you’ll need to make your big day as smooth and care-free as possible!