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I am so excited to write this blog today, because I have been given such a fabulous opportunity! I have had the chance to partner with the lovely ladies of Seek the Triad to connect the Best in the Triad with the Best of Weddings in the Triad.
Over the next 12 months, Seek the Triad has extended an invitation to me as a guest writer on their site. I will be informing their readers about my journey through wedding planning and how to take shopping local to the next level.
Look for my first blog in the next two weeks, but don’t wait til then to visit their site! Check it out today to get the inside scoop of the best the Triad has to offer. What are you waiting for?
With officially 12 months until “I do” it is time to whip out the Wedding Planning Checklist. Never having been a bride before, this helpful guideline feels more like the course outline for one of my college courses… a list of a million things that it doesn’t seem possible to complete within a semester.The first section of planning is the most intense 10-12 months out. Here are the necessities of planning during this time, and what I have or plan to do about them.
May – July (10-12 Months Out)
“We’re Getting Married!”First thing is first, announce the engagement. Well, yes! You couldn’t keep me quiet if you tried. I even started a blog about it!
Dollars and “Sense”The budget is not the most fun part of the planning, but an absolute must. The best advice I have about this part of the process is this… Sit down with your fiancé and start by saying out loud a low idea of your wedding budget. Take turns saying higher and higher numbers out loud. Once a number gets hard to say, go back one and you have set your budget. I was so surprised when my number and my fiance’s number were the same!
Set the DateThis decision will affect every other decision you make for the next year. Make sure the season, place, and time of day reflect you and your mate. If you love a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden… then why not get married then? I don’t want you to push yourself into conforming to the “Perfect Bride Syndrome” where you only consider a Saturday in June at 2:00 in the afternoon. We are unique… our weddings should show off just how unique we are!
You are invited!To create our guest list, my fiancé and I sat down and write down all of the names of people we absolutely could not get married without. This was our primary list. Then we added in other friends and family acquaintances that we would like to celebrate with. I printed off the list and gave a copy to our parents and let them help us fill in the gaps and make sure we hadn’t left off someone important. My advice, make time to sit down and do this now, because this guest count will help you pick out the location.
You are getting married where?PHEW! Is this a toughy. I have had the hardest time finding the perfect location for our wedding even though there are some fabulous options in the Triad. What I have learned is this… First, know you and your fiancé as a couple. Try to relate something about your personal story or style into the location. There is definitely a complete blog to come on this topic.
Lean On MeThe wedding party is made up of best friends, family and those closest to you. Don’t think you have to include someone in your bridal party just because you were in theirs. Take your time and think about how many people you want up there with you and ask them one-on-one. This is such an important experience for you both. Enjoy it.
Yay! All of your thinking about what your wedding day is going to be like is summed up in two words. The Dress. It is finally time for us brides to get our glam on! Start slow and take backup. I plan on taking a few Saturdays the next two months and going to bridal shops with my Mom and close friends to find the perfect dress.
The best advice I have heard? Look for a dress that suits the location and the time of year, a dress that accentuates the best part of your shape and pick a dress that is COMFY! You will be in the dress for at least 5 hours… Make sure it can buggy down with you!
What is one thing that a bride brings with her down the isle other than hopes and dreams of the future?
If you are wanting to plan a local wedding, a great place to find some of the freshest, most beautiful flowers in Greensboro is The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. My fiancé took me to the market for the first time two years ago to pick up some local produce… But they have so much more than just beans and tomatoes!
We had he chance to stop by Sunday afternoon and walk through the isles of the market lined with vibrant orange Poppies, indigo Iris and luscious red Roses.
What an experience for the senses!
Most of the garden plants and greenery are located in Building G, but tucked away at the far end of Building F, I came across the sweetest young lady, Pachia from Lee Flowers. I talked to Pachia as she was arranging a bouquet of white, petal pink and fuchsia Roses, accented with Star-gazer Lilies.
Want your bouquet to match your eyes? Just Ask!
For 10 years, they have grown their flowers right here in Greensboro, most outside with a few varieties grown in their greenhouse. Not only do they have already arranged bouquets, but if you want to create a specific color palate of flowers to match your wedding or reception, just ask them!
From Bouquet to Boutineer, your flowers will be Coming Up Roses!
With about 4 weeks notice, the ladies at Lee Flowers will put together a fabulous set of bouquets, boutineer and floral arrangements for you and for a small fee, they will deliver these on you special day.
Make her day!
But don’t reserve these fabulous flowers for just your big day… Why not run by sometime during the week and pick up a bouquet for your mom or mom-to-be.
For as stressful as this planning time is for you, these ladies are working hard to make sure your day is perfect as well! For just $20 you can brighten their day!
Take some time this week to visit Lee Flowers, Pachia and the other great vendors at the Farmers Market.They are open Monday – Sunday 7am to 6pm off of I-40 at 2914 Sandy Ridge Road in Greensboro. You will be happy you stopped by!
With a busy schedule at the store and kicking of a campaign to turn the wedding industry on its heels, I arrive at Saturday feeling a bit exhausted. With everything that a modern girl has on her plate, how is it she finds the time to plan such an extensive fête?
This brings me to tonight’s blog topic.To know where one is going, he must remember where he has been.
My journey to “I do” started as a sleepy Monday nearly 4 years ago at Appalachian State. After a summer internship in Hilton Head, I came back for my senior year of college to a new major. After the first class, this young man followed me down the stairwell to introduce himself and welcome me to the Hospitality & Tourism department. For a year we were in the same class, but sat on opposite ends of the room, never speaking much more than an occasional “hi.”
Weeks faded into months which turned into semesters
and before I knew it, graduation day was upon me. I enjoyed a wonderful day with my family and once they had returned home, I headed to a graduation party a classmate was holding across town. About an hour into the celebration, in walked the same young man from the stairwell. I walked up to him, fearless, and greeted him with hug. We began talking, and continued even seven hours later as the sun was waking up the world.
The days that followed
were full of sunflowers, lilies, and daisies that adorned the small vase in my living room. The days were light and full of smiles and excitement. It was nine days after graduation, with a first kiss that we knew.
“I think you are going to be my wife.” “I think I am.”
That was three years ago. These three years have been a lifetime in a second. We have together experienced birth, death, defeat and elation. We have come through with a sense of humor and a deep respect for each other.
So when the week is long, and the planning seems daunting, you have to remember just how far you have come. Take the time in your planning to reflect on the memories that have gotten you to this point, and make some new ones.
Look out vendors… I’m on my way!After a long day at work, I had the chance to unwind this evening with a lovely glass of red and finally got around to flipping through the Spring/Summer 2010 edition of The Knot. The North Carolina issue highlighted some fabulous local vendors as “Best of Weddings 2010.” I can’t wait to check out these vendors in the weeks ahead!
Bridal SalonsCardinal Bridal and Formal Wear – Greensboro Divas – Greensboro Nitsa’s Apparel – Winston-Salem
Cake BakersDelicious Bakery – Greensboro Edible Artistry – High Point
CaterersCatered Affairs – Winston-Salem Culinary Visions – Greensboro
DJ’sDJ Paul Cordts – Greensboro
FloristsFlowers and Gifts – Greensboro Imagine Flowers – Winston-Salem Just Priceless – High Point
Reception BandsSuckerpunch – Greensboro
Reception VenuesStarmount Forest Country Club – Greensboro
TransportationSterling Carriage – Greensboro
VideographersPoetic Reality – Winston-Salem
Stand back big retail chains…
ME & E is in town!
I kicked off the afternoon with a visit to ME & E on Pembroke Road in Greensboro. Mary Ellen and Elizabeth were just so sweet… not to mention they have one of the cutest stores around!
From their line of letterpress thank you cards, to the beyond-precious baby section and modern coffee cups, this store really has a pulse on the current trends in gifts.
So what does ME & E offer for a local bride such as myself?
Triad Bride + ME & E + Aria Handmade Jewelry = a must.
Whether you want to make a statement at your next bridal shower or give a bridesmaid a gift she will never want to take off, this jewelry line at ME & E is fantastic.
AND while you are there, pick up one of the H-O-T clutches they carry. These colorful bags are made in Australia and would definitely stand out in a crowd. I am heading back there soon to pick out a new bag for myself!
It’s All in the Monogram!
For the traditional bride, or the bride with a traditional mother-in-law, go in and ask for Mary. This lady is just sewing up a storm in the back with some of the most beautiful monogrammed linens!
She has tons of monogram options to choose from and what a perfect gift!
Think you might get a little teary-eyed at the alter? Me too! But don’t reach for a Kleenex, have Mary whip you up a stunning hankie with your brand new monogram and your wedding date on it to wipe away those tears of joy!
ME & E is a wonderful place to pick up seriously cute one-of-a-kind gifts for your bridesmaids, mother-in-laws to be and… even indulge your awesome bride self. So what are you waiting for? Check them out, I was very glad I did!
-a girl named christina
www.meandestore.com www.mmamonograms.com the soundtrack to this post included: can’t hold us down – christina aguilera ready or not – the fugees into the mystic – van morrison give me more – britney spears