There is a process I follow as an event designer. Each one of my couples gets a 9 month countdown to keep them (and us) on track throughout the planning process. We start by choosing a venue, picking the overall theme/inspiration for the event, and then we get into choosing some vendors. The decor details (like the wagon above which pulled my own flower girls) do not get purchased until mere months before the wedding. I notice that when people don’t have a planner up front, they usually follow a whole different process – one that leads to a lot of “stuff” and sometimes a lot of confusion.
Look, I get it, with pinterest, wedding blogs, TV shows – there is no lack of inspiration out there. It is easy to get caught up in the pretty details. It is the “fun” part and sometimes you know you without a doubt, you want those pink chevron frames for your table numbers, but my advice is to wait. Please. Just wait.
Trends change with the seasons, and what you find absolutely a must-have in April, may not be what you really want for your January wedding. I really prefer the venue, the dress, the bridesmaid dresses, linens and rentals to be chosen before other decor is decided on. All the pretty details are like the sprinkles on a cake. They are totally my favorite part, but you have to wait for the cake to be done and the frosting to be on before you can add them. In the same way sprinkles take a good cake and make it an amazing cake, the details are what makes your wedding unique and special. They shouldn’t be taken lightly and shouldn’t be decided because there was a sale at the store. If it is, you may find your self with a lot of pretty sprinkles, but without the cake that fits them perfectly. (Ok .. I’ll end the metaphor) I guess the point is… Don’t rush into planning every detail month one, just trust the process. It makes all the difference.