First of all, hey everyone! It's been a minute since my last post and I have so much to share with you all! It's no surprise that I got married this past month! AH! I'm Mrs. Gabriella Seviya Schultz now, how regal. ;)
With all the ~wisdom~ that I've learned from planning our wedding on my own, from a different state, and on a budget, I feel like I have to share it and of course share (some of) the pictures!!
Be conservative in the beginning
Really think of what you’re getting, do you really need or want it? Towards the end, things start coming up out of nowhere. Extra tables, linens, menu cards, and things I either forgot or just didn’t even know about. I started with booking a venue and really started mapping out the theme/colors/mood that I wanted for my entire event to make sure everything would be cohesive going forward. It’s so easy to get carried away in the whole excitement and get cute things and one offs that might not match.
To relieve stress, the next important thing I did was tackling the big vendors and making sure to deal with as few vendors as possible. Luckily, I found a caterer that also handled rentals and that was probably the smartest thing I did the entire process, tbh. After reading 10000 wedding blogs and speaking to bride to be‘s/wives, I was very happy that I dealt with my caterer/ rentals before looking for any other vendor because it was way more expensive than we anticipated... and I think we can all agree that food can make or break an event. After I had the necessities taken care of, I really thought about the next important things to me which was photography and florals. To put it in a simpler way, start with most expensive/ important vendors first and trickle down.
Stay as organized as you can with many, many reminders and seek help!
Those free downloadable wedding checklist and to do lists actually help and I highly suggest finding one that fits your style and sticking with it. Print like 10 copies of it, I’m not even kidding you! I would write all my notes and everything in my journals and use the to-do list as the skeleton of my planning. Many times I found myself going over the checklist and finding things that I missed or just forgot.
If you’re like me and you don’t want to ask for help because “it’ll just be easier and better if I did it myself”, let me just forewarn you now... that won’t work, hunny. Asking help from the people that love you most won’t kill you, in fact, it’ll save you from wanting to kill yourself. Utilize your bridal party and family, they want to help! One thing I caught myself doing a lot is thinking too much of my bridal party and close family members. Although this is not necessarily a bad thing, because no one wants to be a bridezilla LOL, you still have to remember that these people will just want to make you happy and will do what you say... within reason! I kept asking everyone else’s opinion on what’s easiest for them but I found that to be harder than to just letting them know what I wanted. Basically, SEEK HELP, YOU'LL NEED IT!!
It’s yours and your S.O’s day, Do what you want and what works for you two!
You are not going to make everyone happy- I know this is a life lesson in general but it applies so strongly when planning a wedding. I didn’t go into this thinking I would please everyone but I definitely tried to please as many people as possible. After months of crying and breakdowns, I realized that as long as Mike and I are happy then that was all that matters. We stuck with what we loved and what worked for us and it made everything less hectic. We realized that when you get married, so many people have an opinion on literally everything from the color of linens to food choices... Like lol what??
Just stay true to yourself and partner and plan the day you two will love, that's it! For example, we decided since our ceremony started at 6pm and we didn't have a first look, we decided on taking our formals (photos together in our wedding attire) another day and location so we can actually enjoy our wedding. I mean I also love that I'll be able to wear my dress again so it's a win/ win haha! Every relationship is different and your wedding should be a representation of both the bride and groom- remember that it's HIS day too ;)
Get ready to scroll and scroll and scroll lol, JK but really get ready!
SO. MANY. PICS!! These were just A FEW that I wanted to share but there's soooo many more... I'm just being a bit selfish and keeping them to myself :) sorrynotsorry!
After all the stress and late nights, it truly was the best day of my life. Seeing everyone I love most come together to party and celebrate Mike and I brought me indescribable happiness. I feel like I can go on and on about the topic of weddings now that I'm over it all haha! I swear I could describe every detail and memory but I'll spare you all. I'd love to answer any and all questions about my day, how I went about stress and day of things that came up, or anything else I might not have mentioned. Trust me, there's A LOT! Just remember this, ENJOY this time because it goes very, VERY fast.
Dress, cape, earrings: BHLDN
Shoes: Intentionally Blank
Veil: My mom made it for me :)
Venue in Sedona, AZ: Tlaquepaque Arts Village
Photog: Natalie Allen Co
Time to finally relax and focus on different areas of life and well, BE MARRIED! :) :) :)
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