Chris and I got engaged on December 23rd of 2016, just a month before our little Levi was born! Our original plan was to wait until I graduated college to start wedding planning, so we were looking at either 2019 or 2020 to get married! Now I have to admit, anyone that knows me knows that I’m very impatient and waiting that long just wasn’t going to cut it!
So what exactly made us change our minds? I actually have a hard to giving a definite answer for this. We were at my grandmothers farm for dinner one night in late July and the topic got brought up about where I’d like to get married. She mentioned if the farm is a place I’d like to get married and I think my heart just about stopped when she asked that. I really didn’t think that was ever an option as I didn’t want that pressure on them even though I had always wanted to get married there! I was hesitant to say yes, but as the night went on the wedding planning started!
Suddenly we were walking around the farm deciding where the ceremony and reception would be. Of course the big question was, “Ok, when are we having this?” That was probably the easiest– and the most freighting–decision so far. We settled on October 21 which was Ohio States Bye Week because how could we possibly miss an OSU game, right? 😉 So there we were, planning to get married in just 3 short months.
As the wedding plans started happening I honestly didn’t realize how much really went in to planning a wedding. There’s one thing about my family, it’s either go big or go home so this certainly wasn’t going to be a half-ass wedding regardless of the time we had to plan it. Now bless my moms heart because she put so much time and effort into making sure this day was perfect for me. She’s unbelievable!
A little advice, when you’re having a wedding last minute GET A WEDDING PLANNER! I promise the money is worth it! We were lucky to have the same woman that planned my sisters wedding, and she just has a way of relieving your stress after every meeting with her. She also decided on flowers based on my color scheme and got them ordered which was a huge stress reliever! A lot of our decor was rented from her as well.
Now I think I messaged just about every photographer in the county and every.single.one was booked. I finally found a photographer that was available and I really think it was a God send. She was AMAZING! She truly is an artist and puts her heart into it, unlike majority of photographers in our area who just use it as a money making tool. Anyone can buy a camera and call themselves a photographer but not everyone is born with the artistic ability to succeed at it. Needless to say, I loved my photos!
As for the most important part– the dress! We made sure when we went to my appointment that they knew I needed something off the racks that didn’t have to be ordered! Believe it or not, this was probably the easiest part of the wedding planning! Besides a little mishap with a seamstress, but we can save that for another post. 😉 My biggest piece of advice is to get a dress that requires little alterations and pick a seamstress that is confident doing wedding dresses!
For bridesmaid dresses I had them ordered from 3 different websites and hand picked each of them. I use these 3 websites and highly recommend them! All of the dresses were great quality and great prices. Lulus, Show Me Your Mumu, and Saved by the Dress
That’s all for this post! Let me know if you want more details/advice on things like our musician, D.J., catering, bachelorette party, etc!