Here it is, my monthly wedding update for everyone! Today I am sharing how I have been planning my wedding from Indiana even though Lucas and I are getting married in South Carolina. It has not been easy but we have got a lot of our wedding planning done already!
(A sneak peek into my private Pinterest board dedicated to my wedding!)
Let me start off by reminding you that the internet is a very powerful thing. I’m sure you already know that, but you can do literally anything with it; including plan a wedding. Everything I have done to plan my wedding has been done and completed online. If it were forty years ago before wifi, I don’t know if I would have been able to get as much done in the time that I have. At the time of this blog post going live, Lucas and I have booked the following things:
ALL BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS GREAT! He and I only need to book our officiant and cake before we hit the nitty-gritty stuff. My favorite website/app to use for getting ideas and recommendations has been WeddingWire.com. There are really awesome reviews, ratings, prices, and locations for all of the vendors you could possibly need for your big day! I chose WeddingWire instead of other wedding websites (i.e. The Knot) because it felt less big and showy to me. I like things that feel more personal, and I got that vibe from WeddingWire. I spoke a little more in-depth about my love of WeddingWire in this blog post if you want to know more!
Now, I did not just find people in my budget and book them based off of that. I am a researcher and a learner so if I found someone that I thought would work for us, I researched the life out of them to get a full picture before even contacting them. I read the reviews on multiple sites, I visited their own websites, I even stalked them on Instagram (like my photographer and florist) because I wanted a full idea of the person/service before booking. This is my biggest piece of advice for you: do your homework and research. Especially if you are planning a destination wedding. It is so important to read the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to planning and booking something for your wedding. It takes time, but it is so worth it.
After I found someone I liked or a service I wanted to book, I would personally email people and reach out to them that way. I would ask one hundred questions and pretty much interview the company via email. How much do you charge for this? Have you ever worked at our venue? What if we want to change the flavor/color/beer menu at the last second? All the things were asked and everyone who I have reached out to has been very accommodating. Not gunna lie to you, sometimes things just didn’t work out. People didn’t email me back, they came back and quoted us way over budget, I didn’t get a good vibe…when that happened, I took it as a sign that it wasn’t meant to be. I haven’t been super hung up on anything so far and because of that, I haven’t been disappointed when something hasn’t worked out. Really, the whole process has been pretty good!
If you are someone or you know someone who is getting married, know that it completely doable from a distance. I feel very confident and good about all of the planning I have gotten done so far. I’ve seen my venue twice in person and that’s it. Everything else..all digital. Ya gotta love the internet.