This Time Last Year

June 22, 2012

This time last year, I was up to my ears, and more, planning my own wedding.

For much of my engagement, I was unemployed, which gave me a lot of time to work on all the details.  Actually, it was a good thing I had the wedding to work on, because it gave me something to do, otherwise I probably would have gone crazy.

I researched and sourced my Save-The-Dates.  I had them ready to go 3 months before I was sending them out.  Which was 6 months before the wedding.  Yep, that’s right, I had my Save-The-Dates ready 9 months before the wedding.

 I made my own invitations.

I hand-calligraphed my seating cards, that’s 168 of them.  And the 238 envelopes I sent my save-the-date’s in.  And the 238 invitation envelopes.  Yes, that’s right, I did the calligraphy by hand, myself, for all of those.

Then I got a job shortly before the wedding, so for the final two months (which if you don’t know, is THE craziest time of wedding planning) I was working full-time as well.  I don’t know if people were impressed or thought I was out of my mind.

During this time, I had several other projects that needed to be finalized, including coordinating the seating arrangements.  With the help of my husband, I made my escort and seating cards by hand.  I used cocktail parasols and I printed the tags with each guest’s name and table number at home.  I cut them so they were long enough to fold a tab over the toothpick of the parasol and glued each one.  Idea courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

For the display my husband took several pieces of plywood and made 4 – 24 x 36 boxes, 2 inches deep.  We put foam-core in the bottom, and then filled them with sand.  (We live near a beach and considered just getting sand from there, but then thought about it smelling and being dirty, so we just bought sand from Michael’s).

Then I just alphabetized all the parasols and stuck them in the sand/foam core at an angle so guests would be able to see their names.  Like this:

Luckily, I actually ENJOY doing  all of this stuff.  Check out my gallery to see more pics of the final wedding.  In addition to the wedding logistics and projects, there were bridal showers, the bachelorette party, and the rehearsal dinner to plan and enjoy.

But I know that not everyone likes doing this stuff like I do.  That’s why I’m here.  I can  simply help you to execute your vision,  or I can coordinate the whole thing for you from beginning to end.

Check back here for other wedding planning tips and ideas, the latest buzz and to see what I’m working on!

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