Bride to Be

Advice From a Past Bride | Racheal Taylor

We are starting a new and fun feature on our blog today and we couldn't be more excited!!! Wedding planning can be stressful so we thought it would be helpful to share advice from brides who have been there! Get some real life advice from everyday people who have planned their wedding.

Today, we chatted with Racheal Taylor who got married on September 13th of 2014 and we are loving her real and raw advice! We hope you enjoy this new feature and get some helpful hints for your own wedding planning!

2014

2014

What is the biggest piece of advice you would give a newly engaged bride-to-be?

"My biggest piece of advice is PLAN AHEAD. I found this really helped keep me from being overwhelmed like I hear a lot of brides being while planning their wedding. I was able to enjoy planning my wedding, crafting up decor, all while expecting our first child to be due 3 months before our wedding."

What is the best advice you would give for a bride-to-be who is searching for her dream dress?

"Be open minded! I had an idea of what I liked in pictures, but tried EVERY style on even if I didn't think I would like the material, fit, colour etc. In the end I actually took an element from a each dress I tried on and was able to explain those things I really liked in each dress to the OUTW tribe and they had MY exact dress, all the details I had described."

What is the best advice you were given as a bride-to-be?

"I don't know if this counts as advice but I was being super cheap with my dress I had in my head $800 max. Not because we couldn't afford more but because I'm just normally a budget freak lol. My mother in law pushed me to up my budget a bit and voila my dress was found. My dream dress." 

What is something you regret when wedding planning?

"Too big! We rented a HUGE hall with over 200 people and we both wish we scaled it down a bit for a more cozy wedding."

What is one thing you're glad you did when you were planning your wedding/engaged?

"I am so glad I included my mother in law as much as I did. She was a major help! We couldn't have planned / decorated our wedding without her!"

Is there anything else you'd want to tell a future bride?

"Enjoy this time. This is honestly one of the most exciting moments the days and months leading up to your wedding. It goes by in a blink. Plan ahead so you are not so stressed out with everything piling up at once. I'm just itching to plan our 10 year anniversary one day! I love party planning!"
Present Day :) 

Present Day :) 

How cute is that!  Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us Racheal!

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Not Budging On Your Budget

Creating a budget for your wedding right after the holiday's can be a daunting thought, but coming up with a realistic budget is an important first step to planning your wedding. We've come up with some tips to help you create and stick to your budget. 

1. Come up with your own percentage system on how much you want to spend for each category of your budget. For example, we've put together a "typical" wedding percentage budget system below:

 

Reception (venue & food/drinks): 47 percent.      Ceremony: 2 percent        

Attire: 10 percent.      Flowers: 7 percent.        Entertainment/Music: 8 percent

Photography/Videography: 10 percent.          Stationery: 2 percent

Wedding Rings: 2 percent.        Transportation/Lodging: 2 percent        Gifts: 2 percent

Miscellaneous: 8 percent

This might seem tedious but breaking your budget down into smaller portions will make sticking to your budget easier and less intimidating rather than always looking the dollar signs as a whole.

 

2. Keep your receipts and have a running list of costs. Make an excel sheet and enter in spent amounts once a week (or as you spend). This is a great way to keep a running total of what you've spent without missing things you might have ordered online that don't come with an in-hand receipt. 

3. Don't forget the small stuff costs too! When planning out your budget it is easy to factor in the big stuff like your dress, your photographer, the venue...but don't forget that the smaller details cost too! Such as, tips for your vendors, thank you cards, stamps, wedding shoes, bachelor/ette parties, marriage license, out of season flowers costing more, meals the morning/day of, taxes, etc.

4. DIY! Okay so this is awesome! DIY is actually trendy right now so this makes it so much easier to cut back on things when its actually 'cool' to do it yourself! Think about baking your own cake and desserts or making your own invitations for free online. There's endless amounts of DIY ideas on Pinterest to walk you through the how to.

5. Get back to the basics! Remember your day is about becoming one with your spouse and celebrating with the people you love. When you can get your thoughts back to those key components all the other details seem a lot less stressful.

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