wedding planning

Staying sane while wedding planning

Amy Dalesandro set her wedding date for only two months after her engagement, so she called in a professional to plan the 150-person event. Damara Gerig, of re Inspired Bride, helped pick out the wedding colors, create a timeline, craft the wedding invitations and decorations for the ceremony and reception, book the venue and work with the photographer and caterer. On the big day, she was the first person at the church to set up and stayed to tear down.

We eloped!

The big, traditional-style wedding isn’t for everyone, and that’s completely OK. When it came time to plan my own wedding, I knew I didn’t want an extravagant affair. Austin and I had been to and been a part of enough traditional weddings in the past five years to know that something small and intimate was more our style.

Wedding tips

Brides and grooms agonize over the details of their wedding — what they’ll serve, how they’ll decorate, what their attendants will wear — but they often give too little thought to one of the most fun and memorable aspects of the big day: getting there in style.

Wedding timeline

Hire a wedding consultant, work on a guest list, develop a wedding budget, choose a reception facility, choose a photographer and a videographer, choose a florist, coordinate the wedding date with the church, choose a band or disc jockey and book hotel rooms.