Wedding Wednesday: Christmas gifts for the engaged couple

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This will be the only year Eric and I spend Christmas as an engaged couple. I think that makes it extra special. It will be our sixth Christmas together overall. This year we aren’t really getting each other any big presents. We’re just going to do stocking-stuffers so we can save money for the wedding. I was recently thinking about what engaged couples would want for Christmas. It made me think up a list of what engaged couples might want for Christmas to help out with wedding expenses, which seem to be never ending. Of course, we don’t expect anything. We just want to be together for the holiday. Click below to read my suggestions.

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Wedding Wednesday: Location

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I’ve always wanted a very classic and vintage style of wedding. I never got into the rustic, getting married in a barn craze. Maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm and the thought of doing anything in a barn just isn’t romantic to me. I always imagined everyone dressed for a black tie event with soft, romantic colors and decorations—nothing bright and over the top.

When we got engaged, we both agreed that we wanted the wedding location to be as easy as possible for our guests. Not tons of driving and crazy directions for people to have to figure out. If possible we wanted everything to be in one spot.

We decided to have the reception at The Lafayette, a historic hotel in Marietta. It has the perfect ambiance that we wanted for the wedding. It’s very historic and the décor is classic and perfect for us. We will be having the reception in the grand ballroom.

We haven’t decided on the ceremony location yet. The hotel has a rooftop deck that we really want to use for the ceremony, but it doesn’t have a roof. We are worried about what to do if it rains. Another option we considered was a historic theater that is being renovated just down the street from the hotel. It goes with our theme, but they can’t guarantee the venue for us until pretty close to the date in case they get a big play that comes through. I don’t really love the idea of waiting until the last minute to be sure we have the venue.

I think right now we are really leaning toward using the rooftop, especially after we had some of our engagement photos done up there on Monday. (I can’t wait to share those with you once I get them back in a couple weeks!) It has an awesome view of the Ohio River that would be the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.

Do you have any creative ideas of where to have a wedding ceremony? We aren’t religious, so that’s why we aren’t doing it in a church. Where did you get married? Or where would you like to get married?

Wedding Wednesday: Dress shopping

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I have loved wedding dresses my entire life. When I was younger, I used to pretend to be engaged just so I could try on wedding dresses for fun. I had a hidden Pinterest board full of dresses before I even got engaged. (I know. I know.) So, after I got engaged I practically ran to the first dress store I could get an appointment with. I couldn’t wait to try on tons of beautiful, fancy gowns.

This is a long one, so if you want to read more, click below.

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Wedding Wednesday: Planning a wedding from out of state

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When Eric and I got engaged in May we knew we would want to have our wedding close to our families in Ohio and West Virginia. After going over our options, we settled on Marietta, Ohio. This made sense because it’s where I went to college and it’s his hometown. We both have a lot of memories in this location.

It’s a cute little town that has a lot of character. There are great places to choose from for vendors and we know our way around. We knew it would be easy for most of our family and friends to get to since many of them live within an hour of this location.

The only challenge is that we don’t live there.

So far, planning a wedding from a different state hasn’t been too bad. I’ve been able to communicate fairly easily with our reception venue and photographer through e-mail and phone calls. It has been hard because I would like to meet in person to go over details, but it’s about a three hour drive away. It doesn’t make sense to drive all that way just for something that could be done over the phone, even if I’d prefer to meet in person.

I think things will get harder to be out of state once we start getting closer to our wedding day next September. Once we start having to do things like taste testing for the food and test runs on my hair and makeup I think it will become stressful because we won’t just be able to pop in or be there quickly. It will take a lot of planning, asking off work and trying to cram everything into one weekend. I worry that trying to do everything all together in one weekend will get really overwhelming.

I’m hope I’m wrong and things continue to go smoothly. I’m trying to be really proactive in the planning by not putting things off. I had our venue booked within a month of getting engaged and our photographer booked within three months. I already bought my dress at a shop here in Pittsburgh, so that will take some stress off that I don’t have to travel for dress alterations. We are ordering our invitations online, so that should be pretty easy.

Things we still need to do in Marietta are pick a florist, a salon and a DJ. Those are the next things to check off my wedding to-do list.

Does anyone have any recommendations for planning a wedding from another state? I’d love any advice!