Planning the Big Day: The Best Fiancé

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Planning the Big Day: The Best Fiancé

Slacker! Ok, there I said it, I know I haven’t posted anything in ages, but I blame it on this crazy wedding planning! As any of you who have also done so know, no matter how many events you have planned in your life, there is nothing that compares to putting together your OWN WEDDING. It’s insane. Especially for someone like me, who focuses so much on perfecting every little detail, I think I might be driving myself (and probably some other people too) a little crazy…hehe…but not in mean way…more of a “wow, she is so stressed- that’s not fun!” kinda way : )

Which brings me to the topic of this post. When people ask me who is helping with all of this work, I tell them it’s my best friend of course-Tom. Yes, that may sound strange because he’s a guy and they aren’t really supposed to care about this stuff, but in a way it makes sense-the day is just as much his as it is mine and I want his opinion on everything too! Well, you may wonder exactly how my fiancé is making my life so much easier, so here are a few examples:

  1. Picking out Shoes. Yes, I am on the search for the coolest, most fun and exciting shoes any bride ever wore and it’s not easy! Not only has Tom accompanied me to every store, but he’s even stopped in to Macy’s (killing time before meeting a friend for drinks) to take a photo of a particularly awesome pair and text it to me : ) Who does that??
  2. Designing Invitations. I was especially picky about this. I want my invites to scream creative and unique, so I designed over and over until I thought I would go blind! Tom was there to proofread, help select colors and keep me calm even at 1 in the morning when I was freaking out!
  3. Our Registry. I don’t cook. Sorry, but it’s true…I just don’t like it, so I had no idea what pots and what-nots to add to our registry. Fortunately, Tom is quite possibly the best cook ever and added all of the nicest kitchen accessories for us…now we’ll have good stuff instead of what I probably would have picked up at Ikea : )
  4. Budget. This is a biggy. Budgeting for a wedding is a huge undertaking-lucky for me I don’t have to worry too much about it. Tom has set up an entire excel spreadsheet that lists out all of our savings and costs and keeps it updated for us- whew!
  5. Listening. Yes, sounds simple-but I can talk. A lot. Tom just sits and listens when I am carrying on about green crystals, head pieces, colored napkins, bridesmaids gifts blah blah blah…then he tells me that everything will be ok…and most of the time I even believe him!

So there you have it. Planning is craziness, but I am very lucky to have a partner in this adventure that not only helps me, but keeps me sane at the same time. I am so looking forward to the wedding and even though I know the next few months will probably just get more intense, I still know that I made the smartest decision ever when I said ‘Yes’!

Crista

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Photo: Erik Matey Photography

Planning the Big Day: Choosing the Flowers

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Planning the Big Day: Choosing the Flowers Aggh! So I know I’ve been slacking lately on my updates, but things are getting super-crazy now that the big day is less than six months away (deep breaths!!) Well, we most recently met with florists to determine what we want all of our floral arrangements to look like and lemme tell you- this is a daunting task! First of all- there are  many places … { Continue Reading }

Planning the Big Day: Our Engagement Party

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Planning the Big Day: Our Engagement Party As much fun as planning a wedding can be, another fun event I was really looking forward to was our engagement party : ) We were sorta hoping someone would offer to throw one for us (I mean you can’t exactly plan your own!) and finally my delightful bridesmaid Tina decided to organize it for us-and I could not have been more excited! The best thing … { Continue Reading }

Tea Party Bridal Shower

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I can’t tell you how delighted I was to be able to work on this lovely Tea Party Bridal Shower held by the Northern New Jersey Wedding and Event Professionals group! Beautifully planned by AART Event Planning and Luxe Events NJ, the shower was held at the Harmony Tea Room in NJ, the perfect place for a tea themed affair. Guests arrived to an adorably set tea room where they were served from a … { Continue Reading }

Planning the Big Day: Engagement Photos

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Planning the Big Day: Engagement Photos I admit it, I am one of those people who absolutely hates how she looks in photographs…well, maybe ‘hate’ is a strong word, but lets just say I’m usually the one making horrified noises whenever I see a picture of myself. So, needless to say I was less than excited to choose a photographer for my wedding. I was petrified that I’d end up with a bunch of … { Continue Reading }

Planning the Big Day: I Found My Dress!

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Planning the Big Day: I Found My Dress! So by now you know I am not a traditional girly-girl bride. I haven’t been planning this day since I was 5, I never ran around with a pillowcase on my head and pretended it was my wedding day and I plan on covering my venue in purple peacock feathers….that’s why it may surprise you just how emotional finding my wedding dress actually was. I didn’t … { Continue Reading }

Disney’s Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons Soiree

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Disney's Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoon's Platinum Soiree This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend Disney’s Fairytale Wedding and Honeymoons blogger event and from the moment we arrived, it was truly a fairytale! The event started off at the Disney Wedding Pavilion where we donned with adorable Minnie Mouse veils and invited to partake in a few treats from some absolutely … { Continue Reading }

Planning the Big Day: Band or DJ?

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Planning the Big Day: Band or DJ? So we are just under 8 months from the wedding, things are moving along and one of the items that I want to make sure is perfect is the music at my reception. Partly because I am a big ‘wedding dancer’ (ie super huge ham that likes to be the center of attention) and partly because my dad keeps harping on the fact that “If you don’t have good music it won’t be a … { Continue Reading }

Planning The Big Day: Bridesmaid Dresses

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Planning the Big Day: Bridesmaid Dresses I promised myself I’d never be that bride that made her girls walk down the aisle in something unsightly….think layers of taffeta, oodles of crinoline and bows where bows are just NOT meant to be. So when choosing the dresses for my bridesmaids I had a few goals in mind: You WILL be able to wear it again, you WON’T have to re-mortgage your house to pay … { Continue Reading }

Planning the Big Day: The Bridal Show

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UPDATE: Are you a blogger too? Join tonight's LIVE CHAT over on Blog Frog's Memories in Motion Community where I'll be chatting! Tonight, 8pm EST! Be sure to sign up to win the Pixorial Giveaway! Planning the Big Day: The Bridal Show So, I’m no stranger to weddings. I work for a network that airs them 24/7 and I own a business that provides for such affairs; but now that I’m a … { Continue Reading }