The Last Minute Girl’s Guide to Wedding Planning – Step 1

Hi. I’m Rachel.

I was a bride 8 years ago. Yep, before Pinterest and burlap and photo booths and #hashtags…  Back then, Chris and I had no style and, on top of that, had never planned an event for 150-200 people. Since then, we’ve come along way in our wedding day experiences over the last 7 years working with brides. Now we know a lot of “what not to dos” and tricks to make things go a little bit more stress free. I’m writing this to hopefully share some of those things we’ve learned along the way and, hopefully, help you to feel more prepared to tie the knot. I’ll be sharing a some helpful nuggets on here over the next few weeks.

So here’s Step 1:

You know that feeling you get when you’ve waited until the last minute to do something, and then you realize you forgot an important detail, but you know you won’t have time to fix said detail, and then you wish you hadn’t waited until the last minute? Yeah. Hi. I’m the queen of that.

So, here’s a tip from the girl most likely to wait until the last minute: A couple of weeks before your wedding day, go ahead and get all of your small detail items together.  I’m talking program, invitation, jewelry, shoes, headpiece, everything. Find them all.  Put them together, and ask one of your most responsible bridesmaids to be in charge of them on the wedding day. (Most responsible is key.  Yes, your friend Kate with the extra bottle of champagne stuffed in her suitcase is fun, but she might not be the best choice for this task.)

So when your photographer comes in to photograph your detail items, around the same time you’re getting ready,  your mind will be on other things like hoping the groom’s bestman isn’t getting him in to too much trouble or asking your makeup artist if your lipstick is the right shade of pink! Rather than frantically running around asking everyone where your stuff is, your organized friend will take the reins and get out your box of pre-packed details.  Your photographer will be impressed and you’ll look like a super star planner in front of your friends.

The truth is, you have much more important things to do than worry about than the little things; go celebrate with your friend Kate. I hear she has a stash of champagne somewhere.


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