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9 Months Out: Reality Setting In

Now that we are less than a year out from the wedding date, it’s no longer cupcakes and giggles. It’s time to get down to business. Before I start a big girl job and don’t have time to do any wedding planning for the first few months. Ah!!

Here’s what I we have accomplished over the last few months:

Engagement Photos|Round Two:

We met our new photographer last spring at a wedding show we randomly went to with my mom and brother. My mom’s instinct was right, she takes good photos! I was instantly drawn to how passionate she was about us and our vision (not a vision of her own). Trust your gut when you are hiring a wedding photographer. They are the person you end up spending the most time with on the day of your wedding!

Credit: Mint Photography

Save the Dates:

They arrived today!! I am super excited to get them addressed and mailed out. I designed the images on Illustrator using a photo from our engagement shoot and a template from the Staples Copy and Print center for a postcard. I figured cheapest postage, cheapest cost to produce, why not do a postcard?? I was tempted by some beautiful ideas on one of my favorite blogs, Oh So Beautiful Paper, but decided to stay true to our budget vision and make some rockin’ postcards. Pics to follow after all the friends & family get them!

Tip: I ordered them through Staples Copy and Print, was able to fully customize the front and back, full bleed on matte recycled paper (my preference- glossy also available) for only $42 for 100 with shipping! Just add postcard postage & some circle stickers for the address and voila! Save the Dates for under $75.

DJ:

Booked! I met him at one of the weddings I was assisting at as an intern this summer and he was a HUGE life saver the whole night. Plus, I loved the way he mixed the music (like a real DJ with turntables!) and acted as a subtle MC through the evenings events.

I highly recommend being able to actually see your DJ in action before you book him (your actual DJ- not the owner!). It’s not always a standard in today’s wedding market, but I feel like it should be required! Some of the newer wedding show concepts have DJs actually spinning at the events; a great way to test a potential DJ!

Invitations:

After developing around 10 prototypes on the computer, and a few physical ones, I have finally held on to the current prototype without making any changes. A good sign it’s time to stop! I have purchased all the materials to produce them and have started assembly on a few items like envelope liners. We have to hold off on printing the invitations until we verify the start time with our venue.

Registry:

I know it’s still way far out to register for most reasons, but I keep getting hounded with the question “Where are you registering??”. So I dragged Spencer to the mall to do some preliminary research. I think we’ve narrowed it down to Williams Sonoma, Bed Bath & Beyond, and maybe Pottery Barn.

Any horror/success stories on registering?