Today marks exactly seven months from when I will walk down the aisle and get hitched. I am beyond excited and know that the next few months are going to fly by. This weekend my parents are coming to town to join my fiance’s family, and some members of our bridal party, for an intimate engagement party. This truly is a special time and I want to enjoy every moment (I even ordered a white dress from Rent The Runway for this weekend’s occasion).
What are my March goals:
- Finalize the budget (or get closer)
- Select and send save the dates
- Find THE dress
- Set up a registry (or three)
- Create a wedding website
As far as the budget, we’ve locked down our guest list which means now we can determine just how much we are over our estimated budget and define both what we have left to spend, and how much more we may need to budget. My fiance and I started this process with a modest budget (that we thought would cover everything) so at least if we go a little over it’s not astronomical. See the Business Insider article my fiance sent me last night: 7 financial talks to have with your partner to keep from arguing about money (this is one of the reasons I love him so).
Save the Dates: A lot of stationary sales are happening right now. Most notably, today Minted kicked off a 15% off sale on EVERYTHING. What I love about Minted is their paper quality and sense of style. They are modern, yet classic and value making an impression with celebratory accents. They have a new Foil-Pressed collection (I’m all about these little details) and have newly-launched THE MINTED ENVELOPE – a service that provides envelope design and addressing which right now is FREE for a limited time. Minted’s sale ends next Monday, 3/16.
THE dress is coming along! I’ve narrowed it down to two – both are gorgeous and glamorous, and right around the same price (both which is within my budget). They both make me feel amazing and I truly never realized how incredible it is to go wedding dress shopping – especially as I make most of my purchases online. My two favorite bridal boutiques so far have been Lovely Bride in West Hollywood and La Soie Bridal in Pasadena.
Registry: this past Sunday we went to Crate & Barrel‘s Wedding Party and registered for a few starter items. In preparation for this event we took some time on Saturday to take inventory of our home to see what we really needed. For me it’s all about the kitchen and a honeymoon registry. Yesterday I signed up for Zola for our honeymoon fund (and some Kitchenaid accessories, and some knives).
As for the wedding website, I’ve reserved a domain on GoDaddy and took advantage of a promo code that turned the $15 site into a $1 investment. If you also need a wedding website use promo code: cjccoup99 which is valid all month long. Now I just have to decide which wedding website application to engage and start putting together useful information for our guests.
Another little investment I made: a $15 return address stamp from Vistaprint. I can use this all wedding season long and it’s far more economical and environmentally-sound than mailing labels or paying for printed envelopes (see Minted above…right now they are doing it for free). Next up in April: sort out the honeymoon, finalize the bridal party, start researching photographers and get ready for the Bachelorette weekend!
Have any tips or just want to share your planning process? Please feel free to comment below. Thank you for reading.