Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Basics

Now that The Scientist and I are engaged (engaged! I still surprise myself every time I look at my left hand), it's time for the fun part. Planning the wedding! We haven't really sat down yet to talk about the specifics, but we've definitely been throwing ideas out there (even before we were engaged).

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

We want a small, intimate wedding with just close friends and family. One idea we've had is to have a destination wedding at my Uncle and Aunt's ranch, which is just east of Napa/Sonoma. They've had plenty of parties at their house, and it would be ideal for a small wedding.

Taken this past Sunday at my Aunt's retirement party


THE DRESS!

I do not want a typical wedding dress. I want something comfortable and casual, but feminine. I'd like something with a vintage-y look to it, and have been drawn to shorter, shift style dresses (I even saw one at TJ Maxx for $40).




I wouldn't mind a long maxi dress, either.


HONEYMOON

We likely won't register for gifts, since we already have everything we need. Instead, we might use a travel registry site to register for portions of our honeymoon. Our top pick for a destination is Costa Rica.


Other than that, we haven't a clue! We both want to be equally involved in the planning process so our wedding day is equally special to both of us. Honestly, we both don't care all that much about the details. We just want to celebrate with each other and the people we love.

However, any advice, tips, recommendations, etc. are gladly welcomed! Is there anything we need to know right off the bat? What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations again, lady :)
    The planning is going to be so much fun!
    xo

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  2. I love Costa Rica and think that a family property is a great option, because it leaves you a few dollars to put towards other things that may be more important. For me, photography is something I wouldn't want to scrimp on.

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  3. I've never been to Costa Rica but my friend is getting married there soon, it sounds like an amazing place!

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  4. Congratulations! I am just seeing this news for the first time. That's so wonderful. Happy planning!

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  5. I love the venue! And the 2nd dress. I have some ideas ;)

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  6. If I were getting married now I'd choose a destination wedding somewhere sunny :) Happy for you!

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  7. Congrats!!! I'm a big fan of the 2nd dress. My #1 piece of advice is to pick the 5 things that are the MOST important to you and The Scientist and plan your budget around those things, then use that when making all your decisions. Happy planning :)

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  8. Ohh,this sounds like a great wedding already!
    We registered at a real store but also used "honeyfund" which is a travel registry. We kept a list of the travel gifts we received and took a picture of us "using" the gift to send to whoever gifted it. I hope that makes sense!

    Anyway, other than planning for the honeymoon my favourite part was probably the cake tasting :)

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  9. Napa has some awesome catering companies, if you do decide to have the wedding here! :D

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  10. I love it! My advice is similar to Holly's: don't give in on things that are important to you. Choose what those are, whether it's great photography or a certain type of ceremony, and stick to it. Don't let anyone talk you out of it just because "that's how it is done." And don't forget the marriage license!

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  11. I agree, the biggest thing is not letting everyone elses advice be taken as "this is how you have to do it, this is how it's done".

    Costa Rica! So exciting :D

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  12. This actually surprised me, but finding my dress was my favorite part. I usually HATE shopping, but I was pleasantly surprised that one salon actually carried dresses that more or less fit me, so I could see how they looked. It was actually really fun to try on a lot of pretty, sparkly dresses!

    Everything else I hated. I wish I had done what you are doing and not get sucked into the wedding industry. DO NOT READ WEDDING BLOGS. They will ruin the dreams you have by setting unrealistic and unnecessary expectations. Of course, if you're like me, then you actually don't really mind, but seriously, if this is what you want, just ignore everyone else and just throw a party, traditions be damned.

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  13. When we were planning our wedding we were told to think of what the most important three things were to us (besides getting married of course), and to make those the top of the budget - and then let everything else fall in place. For some people it's the dress, the band, and the open bar. For us it was photography, invitations, and cake. If you get a few important things down it doesn't seem so intimidating.

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  14. I love small weddings. We did a destination wedding to Maui with about 20 people, but Napa was our second choice! That sounds so nice! And I love the simple dresses too.

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  15. I love wedding stuff...so much fun! I would say the first thing you need to do is lock down the date/location...but it looks like you've got that settled. And I love your dress ideas! Enjoy this time--it's so special! :)

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  16. I really like the first dress! Simple, yet sexy!

    Costa Rica sounds like an amazing place to have a honeymoon. I used to want to have my honeymoon in Europe, but then I actually went to Europe and it's a lot of work to run around all day and do the sight-seeing thing. For my honeymoon, I'm all about relaxation and tropical drinks. :)

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  17. J Crew has casual wedding dresses too- you should check them out.

    Costa Rica sounds like an awesome honeymoon! We had friends go there for their honeymoon and they LOVED it. I want to go there sometime soon.... :-)

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  18. So exciting! Those are such cute dresses! Also check out J.Crew - they have cute casual ones too.

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