With my wedding day rapidly approaching, I have been doing a lot of reminiscing on my planning experience. Most of it has been so smooth and simple, thanks to the amazing group of people that I’ve had helping me along the way! My fiance, my mom, and my wedding planner have all helped in preventing a couple of stress induced melt-downs, ESPECIALLY during the process of choosing vendors.
The most difficult by far was choosing a venue. I’ve always known where I wanted to get married, so when I called that particular venue and they told me that they would be under construction and, therefore, not hosting any weddings, I was devastated. I think we toured maybe six venues before I finally settled on one.
When it came to choosing a wedding planner, it was honestly a no brainer for me because I had worked at Love’s Flower Shop and I knew very well the work and effort that they would put into my wedding day, as well as what great care they would take of me. And truth be told, they really have played a HUGE roll in making me actually feel like a bride and I’ll always be grateful for their role in my wedding. (Again, can’t stress the importance of a wedding planner enough!!)
I am so luck that I have been able to work with many of these vendors over the years as I planned and coordinated other people’s weddings. Through my work with Love’s, I met the WONDERFUL Michelle Mayer who will seriously knock your socks off with her cake making skills. I didn’t even test cake from anyone else because I knew she was the right one for me. Here are just a few examples of her work:
Although I have also worked with several caterers over the years, the one who I wanted to cater my wedding now owns her own venue (Cabin Creek Lookout… Check it out, it’s gorgeous) and is pretty tied up hosting weddings there! And so the search, taste testing, and the price quoting began… to say it was a long road would be an understatement. BUT on the bright side, we had so much fun trying food at different places, comparing, and picking our favorite.
Choosing entertainment was also a little tough as we had a pretty tight budget in this area. But we eventually found a DJ for our wedding that fit our style AND our budget, and that’s a pretty big deal.
All of that being said, I think we are now pretty much up to present day in which I am preparing for my first bridal shower and a bunch of very busy weekends as the final countdown ensues!