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All Things Pumpkin for Your Fall Wedding!

We are a nation obsessed with all things pumpkin.  From our lattes to finding the “Great Pumpkin” in the middle of a pumpkin patch, we take our devotion to this fall staple very seriously. Autumn brides often love incorporating pumpkins into their decor and menu as a nod to the season. Here are some fantastic […]
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5 Things September Brides Can Accomplish Today

We know. It’s the last day of a long weekend and you just want to take a nap.  But with your own wedding right around the corner, you can totally check these 5 items off your checklist today and help improve your pre-wedding stress levels. 1.  Start your thank you cards. If you have already […]
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5 Things NOT to Do the Week Before Your Wedding

Ask any bride and she will tell you that the week before her wedding is a total blur. It’s possible she has virtually no memory of it at all. With all the stress and things to check off the to do list, the week before your wedding is a very busy time. Try to reduce […]
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5 Things I Learned About Myself While Wedding Planning

5 Things I Learned About Myself While Wedding Planning

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From the moment you say “yes” to the most anticipated question of your life you begin a lifelong journey; a journey with your favorite person, learning about one another and yourselves. Before I was engaged I had convinced myself that I could plan a wedding, start to finish, easy as pie. This wasn’t entirely true. There are moments that make you question why your day job isn’t wedding planning extraordinaire but there are also moments you gain a deep appreciation for wedding planning professionals and all they do – it’s a fun job, but not an easy one!

Months and months removed from wedding planning there are a number of things that I appreciate about wedding planning and certain challenges that I faced that taught me a lot about who I am. Below are five things that I learned about myself in the wedding planning process:

 

1.) I can’t be Super Woman 24/7– and that’s ok!

I have been wired with an achiever mentality and a desire for efficiency, and even while planning a wedding this was very apparent. I love working hard and I love seeing the fruits of my labor. When productivity and efficiency feel like success it can be hard to allow yourself to pause for a minute (or a day). Accepting that I could slow down and take off the cape for a moment in the midst of wedding planning seemed to go against every fiber in my being, but trying to balance wedding preparations with work and my personal life wore me out. Thank goodness I had family and friends to remind me that it was okay to take a break and breathe. This has carried over into post-wedding planning life as well. I remind myself that breaks are fine (and totally necessary), and that I actually like who I am more when I am not running on empty all the time!

 

2.) I need my family and friends

Once the planning commenced and the countdown to our big day began I was faced with more decisions and checklists than I had ever experienced before. I tried everything — diligent note taking, Excel spreadsheets, online wedding planning tools and for a little while I was getting by. Doing it all on my own would have been nearly impossible and I can’t express enough how thankful I was to have my mom step in and help me address and mail over 300 invitations or my maid of honor who called around to local floral shops or my godmother who visited every secondhand store in a 40 mile radius to help find the perfect décor and vases. I could never have planned the wedding I had imagined without them. Up until the day after our wedding, our family and close friends were AMAZING support. I will never forget how much I appreciate the special people in my life! I need my family and friends — I depend on them a lot.

 

3.) I love details

Wedding planning gave me a whole new appreciation for details. Not only do I love details but I love planning them. I can’t deny it — some details demand a lot of attention. Whether it was details leading up to the big day or details on the big day. I loved being in charge of the small pictures that made up the big picture. Since planning a wedding I have become much more aware of the little details that make up a table setting, a favorite restaurant, or the details in a story and I especially appreciate the special attention to detail that couples add to their big day to make it unique.

rustic and whimsical wedding reception table setting

 

4.) I can be very decisive

Okay, let me clarify. Some days I can’t decide where to go for lunch. My husband has learned better than to ask me what movie at the theater I want to see because I want to see them all. But when it came down to the wire in wedding planning I surprised myself how decisive I could be and how confidently I stood behind my decisions. I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t afraid to speak up!

 

5.) I don’t take life too seriously

No matter how much time or energy you spend planning the perfect day something is bound to happen that you don’t expect. I soon realized that if I set high expectations on my wedding day being perfect in the sense that everything would go as planned, then I was setting myself up for disappointment. My husband and I sat down and discussed what was important to us on our big day and I focused on those details and let other things falls to the wayside. Most importantly I wanted to enjoy celebrating with friends and family. So when the rain came pouring down after the ceremony or the slideshow didn’t work, it didn’t ruin my day. In fact, those little unexpected hiccups made my day that much more special to me. Life is so much more enjoyable when you don’t take it too seriously.

 

No matter what you take away from your wedding planning experience remember that it’s a once in a lifetime memory so make it good and don’t sweat the small stuff! You will want to look back and remember the joy and happiness you felt preparing for your big day.

 

Photography | Jose Villa

 

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Things to Do on Your British Virgin Islands Honeymoon

Things to Do on Your British Virgin Islands Honeymoon

woman snorkeling by boulders in The Baths, British Virgin Islands

This tiny cluster of island just east of Puerto Rico is home to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and interesting dive sites. Make sure to take time out from your busy schedule of lazy poolside naps and sunset walks on the beach to explore everything these islands have to offer!

The Baths

Located on Virgin Gorda, this awe-inspiring collection of boulders sitting just on the coast of the bay is pretty amazing. Explore from the sand, or take a swim with snorkeling gear.  If you are interested in spending plenty of time in the water here, visit during the summer months when the weather is consistently better–when ocean swells are higher, you shouldn’t swim near The Baths.

Discover Dolphins

A popular item on many a bucket list is swimming with dolphins. In Tortola, you can head to Dolphin Discovery to live the dream.  You can stop by for just an hour or two or opt to spend the whole day and take a ferry ride around the bay.  Otherwise, there are many different tours and excursions to spot ocean wildlife in their natural habitat.

dive site where The Rhone sank off coast of British Virgin Islands

Rhone National Marine Park

The most popular dive site in the British Virgin Islands is undoubtedly the wreckage found at Rhone National Marine Park on Salt Island.  The RMS Rhone, carrying mail and supplies, crashed here in 1867 during a hurricane. Now, divers explore the wreckage, swimming around the iron hull (pictured above) or rubbing the reputedly “lucky porthole” for good luck.

Tortola’s West End

Visit the western end of Tortola to find cute shops, pretty marinas, and plenty of dining options.  From here you can also catch ferries going to the other islands.  There are also several resorts and hotel accommodations located in the “West End” and near Frenchmans Cay (across the water from the ferry terminal).

lush hike with large tree on Sage Mountain, British Virgin Islands

Sage Mountain

At 1716 feet tall, this trail leads you up to the highest point in both the British and US Virgin Islands. Hike through old growth forests, spotting amazing trees like the ones pictured above. Most of the trails lead in a circular route, so although you should always be prepared with a trail guide or map when traveling, your trails should be clearly marked.

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The First Three Things to Do After the Proposal

The First Three Things to Do After the Proposal

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He did it! He popped the question!  The Christmas season is one of the most popular times for proposals, so whether your ring was wrapped under the tree or at the bottom of a glass of champagne, congrats!  It’s so tempting to start with the really fun stuff: bragging about your ring on Instagram, buying every wedding magazine in sight, calling all your friends to be bridesmaids.  But, you should take a moment to savor this exciting time. And once you are done with the savoring, start with these 3 simple steps:

Tell your immediate families.

Before you hop onto Facebook to prove all your frenemies wrong (and that you are, in fact, not going to die alone), pause.  You should both tell your respective families, as well as any former spouses, before announcing it on social media. Besides, you don’t want to answer a million questions about dates and plans so soon after the ring. Total buzzkill.  Telling your family over the phone is fine, unless you want to wait to tell them in person and arrange a visit.

Make big-picture plans.

No, you do not need to start trying on wedding dresses yet.  You first need to pick a date, or choose to have a long engagement.  Once you have this question answered, you can start telling people. If you have a specific venue that is a non-negotiable or another event that needs to be planned around, this can help you narrow down your time frame.  If you aren’t living together, you might also want to discuss where the two of you will live, so that any long-term planning with leases or rental agreements can be handled appropriately.

Be on the same page.

Before you know it, wedding planning can get crazy without some parameters. While now is not the time to start looking at cakes or selecting invites, it is a good time for a discussion to make sure the two of you are on the same page.  Do you want a small or large wedding?  Local or destination?  Formal and traditional or all-out party?  These bigger decisions will inform all the details you plan later, and it helps you start off on the right foot.

Congrats on this momentous occasion in your lives!

 

Photo Credit: Lyndsay Undseth

 

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