This will be my first blog post talking about Chad and I’s wedding, but now that things have settled down. I wanted to tell you some things I have found most useful during this wedding planning adventure. I have been planning this wedding mostly by myself with some tips from friends and input from Chad. But there are a few things that no one really told me about and I wanted to share them with you all in the off chance one of my readers is also planning a wedding. First of all, The knot, wedding wire, and any other wedding website planner are great and all, but they haven’t really been that much help to me.
Obviously, the first thing that I needed to lock down was a venue. I looked what I felt like to be everywhere around the location we wanted to get married in and I just couldn’t find anything. There were beautiful places don’t get me wrong, but they were all around 4-5,000 dollars and that did not include anything but tables and chairs. I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend that amount of money on something else. I spent a lot of time searching on The knot for venues and just was not finding anything. So I turned to google and came up short their too as well. I was beginning to get bummed because I felt like I was not going to find anything that we loved without spending a small fortune. So I went to Facebook and just started looking at pages of wedding venues in certain areas. After what felt like forever, which was only like 2 months, we found our venue. So definitely think out side of the box when trying to find a venue.
One of my top tips for any bride to be is thumbtack. If you are not familiar with Thumbtack, it is a website where you can hire someone to do literally anything. You put in a job you need done and businesses in that area send you quotes. You can then determine if any of those will work for you. I had heard really good things about it, but didn’t figure I would find anything useful.. until I ended up finding my DJ and my wedding cake designer. They both have been so easy to work with and I am so happy I found them. Definitely try them out if you are having a hard time finding wedding vendors!
Another issue I had was finding a photographer. I searched for hours upon days to find the perfect fit. It is definitely the most expensive part of my wedding, but definitely worth it. I looked all over the internet to find a photographer that fit exactly what I wanted. I got so tired of looking that I was on Instagram one day and started searching for photographers on there. I found them through Instagram and I am so happy I did. It is a husband and wife and they are seriously the sweetest and their work is out of this world. I am so excited!
I think these are a few tips I would have wanted to know starting out and I figured that it could be helpful to someone else planning a wedding. If you have any questions, I am definitely not an expert, but I’m just a natural planner and have everything already figured out. haha. But thanks for reading!!!! XOXO
ONLY 197 DAYS UNTIL I GET TO MARRY MY BEST FRIEND!!!