May 30

My Very Best Wedding Planning Advice

wedding invitesYou guys, we are perching precariously close to our wedding day and I’m feeling all the feels. Nerves, excitement, anxiety, sheer and utter joy – the whole gang’s here and coming out to play. We’ve now officially been engaged for just over 15 months, and our wedding plans are mostly set. Which means that I feel as if I have a little Klout on the topic. At least enough to spill some of my very best wedding planning advice. To all you brides and future brides out there, I wanted to share it in hopes that it makes your day, and all the days leading up to it, as joyful as possible. 

PS: you can check out all of our wedding posts here, if interested! It includes our wedding inspiration, our engagement photos, and beyond. 

[break]Get Organized[break]

No, this is not sponsored, but the Lady Marry app? It has been a wedding planning GAME CHANGER. From inputting all your guests (and whether or not they’ve responded to your RSVP), to a detailed budget spreadsheet and breakdown, to a month by month checklist of all your to-do’s, I have been living and BREATHING by this app and I don’t know what we’d do without it. 

[break]Ask For Help[break]

Whether that’s hiring a wedding designer, or recruiting all of your favourite people and giving them a task, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. For those on a budget, my friend Stephanie may be your gal. She just started a company called Wed By Design, which is essentially a super affordable wedding e-design package and it’s a bit of a game changer (we worked together at Style Me Pretty Living and I can attest that the woman know’s what’s up). Not only does recruiting help make the process significantly less overwhelming, but it’s really fun planning everything alongside a really great team. Sadly we had already planned most everything when she had begun her new venture, but I know she’ll be an incredible resource for those of you who are still in the planning stages.

[break]Find a Great Team[break]

This one’s pretty imperative. When hiring all your vendors, just make sure that you really connect and your visions really align. You’re going to spend a lot of time with them over the course of the planning process, and it’s so much more enjoyable when you’re all pulling on the same string. 

[break]Make it your own[break]

You don’t want to have a sit down dinner? DON’T! Aunt Betty will get over it. Not interested in hand packaging one hundred plus favours? Skip em’! This is your day, and the one thing I’ve realized more than anything else is that people likely won’t even notice that traditional things and moments are things are missing unless someone points them out. We have legitimately cut out everything that gives us even the slightest amount of anxiety (here are 5 traditions we’re skipping, but there are so many more) and it has made everything so much more enjoyable. 

[break]Enjoy the process[break]

While I’ll be the first to admit that the overwhelm can be real, depending on the day, it’s been really important to both Justin and I to enjoy the process as much as we can. When things feel particularly busy in our every day lives, we tend to put wedding plans on hold, keeping them for evenings where we can calmly sit together over a bottle of wine and really dig in. We only get to do this once, it goes so quickly, and we really want to enjoy every moment to the best of our ability. 

There you have it – my very best wedding planning advice. I’d love to know if and of you past brides or grooms have anything to add! 

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  1. Megan Christensen says:

    Hi Jacquelyn! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! It will undoubtably be gorgeous! May I ask who did your postage stamps?

    Thank you!

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