(I) Do // Planning your Wedding in the 21st Century
From speaking to older relatives, I’m relieved we’re not planning our wedding 25+ years ago! Ok, it would have been nice for someone else to pay for it, but with us paying for the majority it means we retain ultimate power over the big things such as guest list and location.
I’ve been thinking about other reasons why I’m glad we’re planning now:
The internet is one of the biggest reasons why I’m glad we’re planning our wedding in the 21st Century! Oh the glorious, wholly internet!
The internet is full of wedding planning advice (not always wise to google at 1am in Bridezilla mode) and wedding planning tools! From apps to help you plan your seating, to budget trackers; there is something for everything (and everyone). There are also lots of directories to make finding suppliers so much easier. This Wedding site directory has proved very useful for a whole host of queries!
Pinterest! Those of you who read Make, Do and Push! regularly and follow me on the various streams of social media will know of my Pinterest addiction. I couldn’t plan our wedding without it! It’s brimming with ideas and inspiration for your wedding. It’s a plethora of information and creativity, and I am very thankful for its existence.
I’m very glad that change and originality are encouraged now. Pre-Busby I had mostly male friends as tended not to get on with women so well (that’s changed a bit since becoming a Mama), anyway, when thinking about my Bridal Party I knew I had to have one of my best friends involved, even if he is a man! I’ve had a couple of raised eyebrows from family members, but on the whole everyone has been very supportive. You can read more about my decision here.
I found our Wedding Photographer about 3 years ago whilst perusing wedding blogs, dreaming of the time that Nick might ask me to marry him. I instantly fell in love with her style; she has a very distinctive, “vintage” feel to her photos and specialises in low light shots that are simply stunning. Everything is very natural and there’s not much posing! In contrast, you look back to wedding photos from years gone by; posed, boring shots. I’m so glad photography equipment has improved considerably, and this is one of the things I’m most excited about on our impending wedding day.
Your wedding is the time to push the limits and create something memorable that everyone will come away thinking “Wow! That was a wedding!”
(Am I putting too much pressure on myself? Probably.)
I did set design as part of my degree so I have grand ideas on a small budget. My feeling is, I did it at uni, so I can do it for the wedding. This drama and “theme-ing” would have been looked upon as rather strange a few years ago, but the more creative the better now!
There are many more reasons why I’m glad we’re planning now; freedom on music in the church, variety of wedding cakes (cheese, for example), and the realisation that friends are sometimes more important to invite rather than some family members.
What was your favourite thing about planning your wedding?