Plain and simple, wedding planning is a ton of decisions. And decision making fatigue is a real thing. We all have our breaking point (and for some reason deciding on dinner seems to be a common one) and while planning your wedding, you will want to throw your hands in the air and give all decision making power over to someone else. If you’ve experienced this, trust me, you aren’t alone.
Providing alcoholic drinks for your guests is often a big part of planning your wedding reception. I constantly hear couples concerned that their guests won’t have a good time at their wedding, and I know (whether they say it or not), many couples correlate “fun” with their guests having access to alcoholic beverages. But, there are many, many questions about how to host a bar without going over your wedding budget (I get it, booze can get expensive!), or without your guests getting too hammered (it’s a fine line, my friend, a fine line).
I am beyond excited to announce that today we are officially launching Yeti Yard Games! (Pop the bubbly, it's time to celebrate!!)
Think about the last time you attended a wedding. At any point in the day did you have to wonder what was going to happen next? Probably not. The day likely flowed easily from the ceremony, to cocktail hour, to dinner, and then dancing. But think a little bit harder, and you’ll likely discover that there were certain things that happened that queued you into what was going to happen next. The couple made their grand entrance to the reception, which kicked off dinner. The couple cut the cake, which meant cake was available for everyone. The couple did their first dance, followed by everyone joining and the dance floor to officially be open. These transitions seem subtle, but they are very important queues that guests know to wait for before moving to the next portion of the night.
If you’re unsure what a styled shoot is, you’re likely not alone. It’s a term used within the wedding industry, but very few couples ever hear about them. Let me rephrase that … you see them everywhere and their influence is deeply rooted in new wedding trends, you just may not know they are styled shoots. Until now.
I see those pre-printed planning timelines plastered all over the internet and cringe every time. They’re making the assumption that everyone is getting engaged, planning for 8 -12 months, (with nothing but your sole dedication to planning, by the way) and then getting married. It’s so unrealistic. So, how do you set a planning timeline? Read on to find out!
Hopefully prioritizing the vendors you’ll need to book for your wedding doesn’t sound like a complete foreign concept. It may not be something you’ve considered in depth, but after getting engaged almost everyone naturally begins to think about the elements of their wedding day that are most important to them. What I challenge you to do is take it one step further and actually assign a ranking to each vendor. Here's why ...
It’s that time of year again - the cherry blossoms are blooming on the University of Washington campus! It’s a special time that only happens once a year, and it’s spectacularly gorgeous. There’s no wonder people come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of these trees (not kidding, people travel from all over the world to see them in bloom). Over the years, it’s also become a popular location for wedding and engagement photos. But it takes a little more planning to get these gorgeous shots than just showing up to campus on a whim. Did we mention people travel from all over the world to see these trees? Here’s what you need to know ...
There’s a new video out by CollegeHumor, and if you haven’t seen it, you should definitely take a moment to watch. It will hopefully bring you a few laughs. It may also bring some feelings of despair, though, because it’s really only funny because there’s so much truth to it. Being engaged is supposed to be the happiest time in your life - you’re marrying your soulmate! - but this video cuts to the heart of the matter that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. It’s so easy for wedding planning to become all consuming, which can take a real toll on your relationship. It’s important to take some time to focus on other things, add a date night to your calendar, and put the wedding talk on hold. Here are some ideas to get you started
In a world where all wedding professionals have websites, social media accounts, online reviews, and have listings on large wedding planning sites, I can’t say I’m surprised to hear from couples that think they can easily do their research online to book all of their wedding vendors. I don’t completely blame them. There’s nothing comfortable about sitting in a coffee shop waiting to meet a complete stranger and talk about your relationship and upcoming wedding. Ok, to be fair, that’s always fun for me, but I’m well aware for the more introverted folks, it’s uncomfortable and something to be avoided at all cost. Even if you aren’t all that introverted, setting up consultations is time consuming and can seem like a hassle, but in reality, it’s one of the best uses of your time while wedding planning.
Candi Block, Founder & Event Planner
Midwest native with big-family roots, now newlywed, entrepreneur, and new home owner in the PNW. Love being involved in the community, crafting, creating, and Netflix binging.
Thrifty Events offers wedding planning, event design, and day of coordination services.