The Prenuptial Project: Two steps forward and one step back in planning
The second most exciting day of my wedding planning process has arrived. (The most exciting will obviously be my ACTUAL wedding day.)
But! We have finally chosen a ceremony venue, and another weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
After touring venues for what seems like forever, we have found a space that will not only fit the size of our wedding, but perfectly meets our needs in a ceremony space.
We will be getting married at the Hilton in downtown Scranton, which makes the city the backdrop for our entire wedding day, and we couldn’t be happier. After touring the Hilton and talking with its director, I am confident that our wedding will have the perfect atmosphere for the ceremony we create.
In the spirit of getting stuff done, we have also booked musicians, hair stylists and makeup artists. Every time I go back to my planner, it seems like I am crossing more things off my to-do list, which is a great feeling. And, in certain aspects, I still feel ahead of the game, which is something that I’ve tried to be during this whole process.
My next big venture, which will be my personal mountain to climb, is wedding dress shopping. There seems to be a dance to figure out in the timing of when to buy, schedule fittings and all that jazz. I’m trying to balance not shopping too early, as the entire fitting process can get expensive, and minimizing costs is my number one planning goal. On the other hand, I don’t want to go shopping too late in the event I can’t find something I love, or it will take too long to come in. It’s a fine line in this game of wedding dresses, and I’m playing to win.
Looking to my other brides on any advice in wedding dress shopping and fittings!
Now, this wouldn’t be an interesting column if everything worked out perfectly all the time. And, as we all know, that’s not how life works.
Of course, there are always bumps in the road, and I hit a pretty big one last week when I tried to look into blocking off rooms for guests. Unknown to me, there is a local college graduation that weekend, and a lot of hotels in the area have booked up already, leaving us scrambling a little bit on where to block rooms.
As the saying goes, two steps forward, one step back. While we have gotten a lot of things done over the past couple weeks, this was one obstacle I wasn’t planning on hitting. My hope is since we don’t have a lot of family from out of town, we won’t need a large amount of rooms for that night. But, I would like to make sure everyone can stay close to the venue and not have a long travel time after the reception.
Have any other brides run into this issue when booking hotels? What solutions did you come to?
Editor’s note: Brigid Edmunds is the digital coordinator for the Times Leader. When she’s not working, she’s busy planning her upcoming nuptials to fiance Mikey Lawrence.
If you’re a bride-to-be, recently got married or a vendor and would like to offer advice for brides, email her at [email protected]
Her column, The Prenuptial Project, will run twice a month in Weekender.