Posted: Monday, Aug. 20, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Sheri Riley is currently seeking a post-graduate degree in Invasive Cardiology. She enjoys sports and spending time outside with her fiance, Jeff, and their two dogs, Lola and Cami. She is getting married October 12, 2013. Contact Sheri here.
Where has the time gone? One year ago yesterday, Jeff was standing at our first apartment door, down on one knee, asking me to marry him. It really does feel like it was just yesterday.So, I guess we should really get down to planning a wedding huh?When we first got engaged, I did what every other girl does (which I swore I would never do) got all the bridal magazines right away, signed up for Pinterest, made an account with wedding wire the usual. But who says everything has to be done in a particular order? Not me! Here is how I feel a wedding time line should go: Theres a ton of timelines out there, most that say get your venue and wedding dress as soon as possible. That I do agree with. Your venue really does depict the entire wedding. You dont want to get all of this rustic country décor and then have your venue be so super modern site, right? So I say knock that bad boy out first. Youll be glad that you did. Plus, youll be able to get the date that you want. I recommend going to as many places as you can. Try places you don't think you'll like, too. Us women are a bit...difficult. We say we want one thing yet we really want the complete opposite! Give everything a chance. Be sure you turn the venue visits into fun little days and take lots of pictures to show family members. The pics can also serve a dual purpose as you begin to think about centerpieces or how you want things laid out. Ask the site coordinator for a floor plan too - layout/seating chart heaven!
Next, get your dress! A lot of girls have a lot of anxiety when it comes to a dress. I, however, am super excited to say that I tried on about five dresses until I found "the one." Now, I wanted to wait until after the Get Fit Challenge (Uh, hello?! Free dress provided by the fabulous New York Bride & Groom!), but this dress just fell into my lap and I had to have it. Just like everyone says, when you try the one on, youll know it. Im not a crier, and I felt myself getting choked up. Its going to be the first time you really process that you are marrying the coolest person ever. Soak it up! Dont know who to bring with? I was fortunate enough to bring both my mom and future mother-in-love (stole that one from my future brother-in-law hes sneaky, that one). I WISH my sister could have been there, but the trip to the bridal salon was last minute and I definitely didnt think I was going to find a dress that day. Try and pick just a handful (like two or three) people who mean the most to you. You want opinions but you dont want an audience. And remember, the most important opinion is yours! Dont let someone sway you just because they like a certain dress. You will regret it trust me!So, what am I going to do if I win? I plan on donating the dress to a bride in need. I dont need two dresses just the right dress. It never hurts to think of someone else who needs the help on her special day, too! Jeff and I also have another way to donate up our sleeve that we plan on surprising our guests with!Venue, check. Wedding dress, check. Whats next on our never ending list of to-dos? Tune in next week as we continue our wedding day timeline and talk about that fool proof marathon preparation plan I promised last week! World peace and skinny jeans, Sheri xo
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