Did you know #WeddingWednesday is a thing on the Internet? Because it is. To satisfy both the irritated masses and those who can’t seem to get enough wedding-related excitement, I’m planning to share about our big day on…wait for it…Wedding Wednesdays.
This week, I’m sharing a few of my to-dos. Engagement is serious business, folks. It’s not all big sparkly diamonds, lusty gazes and frothy white dresses. Along with the diamond ring comes a to-do list about a mile long. In case you’re wondering, the first things you should check off your list are booking your reception venue and ceremony space. Once that’s in the bag, you can relax…kind of. Here’s what you should do next.
1. Sign up for Postable
Sharpen your pencil – you’re about to be writing a lot of thank you notes, guest lists and invitations. Since so much of our communication takes place online, you’re probably going to find that you’re missing a lot of key information like your friends’ mailing addresses. I love Postable because it allows your friends to do the work for you. All you have to do is sign up and send your friends your personalized link. When they click, they’ll be able to fill out a form with their information. It only takes a few minutes and you’ll have a magically populated address book.
Bonus: you can export (and merge) your shiny new contacts to Outlook, Gmail, Excel and Apple Address Book.
2. Book your first dress consult
More so than booking your venue, finally booking your first dress appointment really makes the whole process seem real. Give yourself a full year if you can – dresses can take up to 8 months to come in. If you’re based in the Toronto area like I am, now would be a good time to book your appointment at Canada’s most anticipated bridal salon – Kleinfeld! Click here to book your appointment at Kleinfeld Toronto – the store is slated to open at the Hudson’s Bay flagship in May.
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3. Start a keepsake book
Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy the engagement period since it goes by so quickly. I know it’s something I’ll want to remember forever, so I picked up The Bride to Be Book, a little Tiffany blue journal emblazoned with a huge engagement ring with prompts to help you document everything from the proposal to your one-year wedding anniversary. Yes – there are some prompts that are just a little hokey, but it’s sweet and also includes some space for your fiancé to participate. Want something a bit less sentimental and a bit more organizational? I was gifted with a Moleskine Wedding Journal, a 216-page book to plan literally every aspect of the wedding. It’s tabbed and has space for every important organizational detail.
4. Create a Pinterest board
No, not the wedding Pinterest board you’ve been kind of embarrassed to be pinning to for the last few years. Start from scratch with a brand new board with things you’re actually interested in having at your wedding today. I’d suggest making it private – mine is! – to make sure your guests aren’t able to suss out every detail of your big day months before it actually arrives. Having a few secrets is part of the fun! Use Pinterest’s collaborative features to give your bridesmaids access so they can help you find inspiration. Check out my public wedding board. Don’t know where to start? Check out 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes for inspiration.
5. Plan your bridesmaid reveal
Are you ready to pop the question? Asking your girlfriends to stand by your side on your wedding day can be way more exciting than a text or a phone call. Spending way too much time on Pinterest recently has opened me up to the big world of bridesmaid proposals. A few ideas I like so far? “Popping” the question with champagne (mini bottles of Moet, of course), gifting your girls with Swarovski-crystal monogrammed “Bridesmaid” Hanky Panky thongs, sweet and not-so-sweet cards and so much more. Since our wedding is still more than a year away, we’ve been holding off on ‘revealing’ our wedding party – it can be a lot of pressure with the end-game so far away. I’m definitely getting a bit antsy, though.
What’s on your bridal to-do list this month? How are you going to “pop the question” to your bridesmaids?
Great post, Steph! So much to do, indeed! Curious to see how you'll do the bridesmaids proposal and looking forward to your Wedding Wednesday posts! I'm ramping up wedding posts as well, but will probably just post sporadically.
Stephanie - I love this post. Just signed up for Postable. Love your blog as I drink my coffee at my desk...great work! xo
@MariaAguilar Thanks, love! I feel like I should make it a cute little experience but I have no idea if it will live up to my expectations lol. We'll see if I can actually commit to a wedding post every week...at the very least I'm not going to inundate my readers with constant gushy wedding content ;)
Can't wait to see more of yours - and to hear more about your wedding planning!
@sara_cernivivoYou're going to LOVE Postable! I've been using it for about a year now and it's been so helpful for collecting my friends' information.