I figured I'd start this post up and the ladies who are getting all married and stuff this month can add to it for you guys:)
No, I'm kidding. Kind of.
First off, start your DIY stuff NOW. You might feel crazy working on your programs in October, your invitations in July, and your centerpieces in September... but trust me. The last thing you want to be worried about in December is checking off your list. Second- if you're doing any type of decorating where you'll need Christmas decorations, get them in about two weeks. You can hit up Joann's, Target, Michaels, ACMoore.... 70% off, what?
Craigslist, efavormart, cardsandpockets.com and Ebay will be your best friends over the next few months. SIGN UP FOR EBATES AND UPROMISE if you're gonna do online shopping. You'll thank me later. Cash back for buying stuff for your wedding? Yes please. Same with the honeymoon. Say you're going to Sandals. Go to Upromise, sign up. Go to the Sandals website through them. You can get (I think) 3% cash back for what you just spent booking that honeymoon. For real.
Don't stress. Seriously. The little details- they're only things you'll notice. I was so worried about having a Christmas tree set up for our 'gift table', and the day we set up, I looked at the tree and said, 'eh. Forget it.' So much stuff that we planned on doing,, we totally decided not to last minute, and I'm still crazy happy with how everything turned out.
Don't be afraid to let your style shine through. In about October, I started to get worried about what everyone would think. At the end of the day, being married to your husband (squee!) is the only thing that matters. If that's the outcome of the day, regardless of whatever else happens, your day ended the way it should be.
The wedding is the important part- the reception is just a party. Put people in a room together, and they'll have fun. Don't try to be something you're not on your wedding day. H and I are more country, fun loving, goofy people. We made sure we incorporated that- if we had a stuffy, overly formal evening, we would have felt uncomfortable, and the fact that after we came back in from getting pictures and saw three tables making smores (from our favors) over the candles lit on the tables... That made my night.
Standard stuff- EAT!! Drink something. DO NOT FORGET. When you walk down that aisle, your first inclination is to lock eyes with him. Look around. Look at your guests. You'll be thankful you did. THEN look at him.
At the rehearsal, make sure your officiant goes over when you're supposed to kiss...
If it's in the budget, hire a DOC. You'll thank yourself later. They're SOOOO worth the money. (Anyone in the PA/DE/MD area- I have some killer recs for vendors and a DOC)
Eat before the ceremony. Not a salad. Eat a piece of pizza. Chow down with your girlies. Wait a bit to pick those girls. You might not be as close to them in 6 months... but it's not really acceptable to kick someone out of your wedding.
And lastly. Take some time to spend with your husband after the ceremony. During the reception. Soak it all in, You've spent all this time and money to put this day together. Enjoy it. This is an amazing memory, and you're not gonna want to forget it. Remember the details. And iif you can remember to, write them down the day or two after. In 10 years, you'll look back and be glad you did.
Also, Pinterest is your friend. If you're not on it yet, GO NOW.
Good luck, ladies!!
TTC since 12/17/11
*we love you, angel*