There's no feeling like it in the world when you realize you are referring to your boyfriend as your fiance'! It takes a while for it to sink in and every time someone says, "Congratulations!" it hits you! I'm getting married!! That is followed by everyone wanting to see your ring, and then question is when is the date? It's all very exciting and almost surreal. That smile will not leave your face except for when you experience those tears of joy and those fleeting moments of butterflies in your stomach.
When it comes time to begin preparing to make your wedding and marriage a reality, your feelings will more than likely be all over the place. Don't be surprised if it seems like there are a few people in your life who seem to be on an emotional roller coaster! A lot of this is because people tend to not know how to express their emotions. You might feel better thinking about a quote from Aristotle. To paraphrase it, "Seldom does anyone get angry at the right person, at the right time, at the right place and to the right extent". There's always a story behind the story or an emotion behind the emotion.
It helps if you and your fiance' have set some priorities on what you really want for your wedding and have determined what your budget is. Determine what you have time for and to become educated about those people who will be providing services for your wedding. So many times people think that they can save money by doing a lot themselves. This could be true, but it is a risky assumption if not false sometimes. You really need to take the time to talk to professionals who live, eat and breathe the very thing that you have never planned before. It's such an important day. A good vendor will suggest ideas that can save you money, make something have a dual purpose, or tell you the good news along with the bad. For instance, some flowers are only available at particular times of the year and you might find yourself paying a premium price for others if they are in high demand. The date you choose might not coincide with availability of product. It's best to keep an open mind.
Do-it-yourself projects can be fun, but the more you have closer to your wedding day, expect that stress will take on a bigger role than you imagined. It's crunch time and think about how many things you want to have on your to-do list during that last week or two.
See some opportunities below to help you or your friends who will be getting engaged over the holidays. Hmm..it might be a really nice engagement present if someone pays for you to take a wedding planning workshop, or you might just want your bridal party to join you in taking the classes. That much less you have to explain! I can't help but think that you will have a much smoother road planning your wedding than you would otherwise. What a beautiful picture that is in my mind. Less stress = more good memories!
Pricing on the workshops below is $10.00 per class until January 30, 2011 and will then go up to $15.00 per class.
Wishing you the greatest of days during your engagement! Enjoy!!
"Yea! I can save a lot of money on my wedding. Our best friend is going to use his Ipod for our wedding music! Whew, that's one thing out of the way!" Not so fast!
I would say it can be one thing out of the way, but more than likely it will be the one thing that could get in the way of you having a wedding with the very best of memories. Here are some of the wonderful things that I love about working with a professional DJ. They recognize that you will have people of all ages attending your wedding and reception. I'm sure that in your mind you visualize ALL of your guests having a wonderful time. A professional, experienced DJ will read the crowd, know just how much to speak, when to speak, be your liaison with your guests and help keep your wedding on schedule.
It's probably safe to assume that Grandma and Grandpa Smith are not going to be having a great time listening or even dancing to anything on the Top 10 chart! No matter what their age, they are still in their hearts younger than their number of years add up to and they cherish the best times in their lives...when they were your age. A good DJ will know how to bring that back out of them and they can feel young once again. Your reward will be seeing the smile on their faces and what is so pure as a hug from Grandma! A possible side effect might include one of the biggest laughs of the night at your reception as that generation cuts loose to everyone's surprise!
Getting down to brass tacks! You're saying, "I don't have the budget for a DJ! I would suggest that you interview several DJ's and you might be surprised at their options. Sometimes they will have systems set up for you without a DJ being present that will be a wonderful compromise to having an IPod wedding without the glitches. There really are a lot of options from DJ's that you might not have even thought of that will end up being the icing on your cake rather than melted butter cream all over the place. Well, you catch my drift!