The Little Details

Every year the same saying goes... "Where has the time gone?"  It is now December, and what was a time that I thought would never come is now too soon approaching.  I leave for my wedding on December 13 (next week, a month before the actual wedding) and probably the most daunting task to date are all the little details that really do matter.  As I look through the WeddingWire checklist, I realize there are still things that need to get done like locking down a DJ, band, rehearsal dinner reservations, and more.  Thankfully, I am able to get those things squared away when I get to Saipan.  What I wanted to share with you today are some of the little details and inspiration I drew from that helped pave the way for the look and feel of the wedding. 

I love the idea of having a delicate overlay for the reception tables.  Pic via Pinterest.

I love the idea of having a delicate overlay for the reception tables.  Pic via Pinterest.

Gold accents like this is something I will try and incorporate into my decor.  Via Pinterest.

Gold accents like this is something I will try and incorporate into my decor.  Via Pinterest.

Greenery is an important touch for me since I am from an island and since the wedding is taking place on an island.  Via Pinterest.

Greenery is an important touch for me since I am from an island and since the wedding is taking place on an island.  Via Pinterest.

love the classic and clean look of these arrangements. Via Pinterest.

love the classic and clean look of these arrangements. Via Pinterest.

A photo booth and with a pretty background adds a fun element to any wedding.    Via Pinterest.

A photo booth and with a pretty background adds a fun element to any wedding.    Via Pinterest.

Since it is hot all year round in Saipan, an updo is kind of necessary. Pic via WeddingWire.

Since it is hot all year round in Saipan, an updo is kind of necessary. Pic via WeddingWire.

Soft glam is the makeup look i will be going for. Pic via Pinterest.

Soft glam is the makeup look i will be going for. Pic via Pinterest.

Pic via WeddingWire.

Pic via WeddingWire.

Pic via Pinterest. 

Pic via Pinterest. 

this gives me inspiration to a possible second dress for the reception. pic via pinterest.

this gives me inspiration to a possible second dress for the reception. pic via pinterest.

in love! pic via pinterest.

in love! pic via pinterest.

Love the effortless yet stylish look of this birde. Pic via pinterest. 

Love the effortless yet stylish look of this birde. Pic via pinterest. 

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Wedding Invitations and Where to Start When Planning a Wedding

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It has been a while since you've seen anything on my wedding planning process.  Honestly, it has been pretty overwhelming since I am the planner of my own wedding.  It has also been crunch time for me as the days are just passing me by.  Just when I thought I could relax a little, it's already the end of September and I have 3 months to go!  If you too are going through this same feeling, my heart goes out to you!  What I want to talk about today is where to even start. Getting engaged is rainbows and butterflies and that's the part I enjoy.  What I don't enjoy is the long check list and the work that comes with it.  If you are one that works well with to-do's and enjoys planning party's, then more power to you... I, for one, am not that person.  I have partnered up with WeddingWire again to show you that with their help, it can all be a breeze!

So you've celebrated your engagement and now it's time to start planning.  If you're not clear on where to start, you may feel like you want to do everything all at once and it can drive you stir crazy.  Since everyone's vision for their wedding is different, we might all start in different places. WeddingWire has a really cool quiz that you can take to tell you what your start should look like or what your next steps should be.  They take into account where you are in your wedding planning process, if at all.  I myself took the quiz and at this point, I still need to finish booking the rest of my vendors like a band and my cake!  If taking the quiz is not your thing, they also have an extremely helpful checklist that you can live by.      

One of the first things that I did to help jumpstart my process was figure out a theme.  The theme is extremely important because it sets the tone for everything that has to do with your wedding... from invitations, to decor, website, dress and venue. I feel like once you have that down, it will guide you to everything else.  Read my post on How To Find Your Wedding Theme. WeddingWire gives great inspiration of real weddings so that you can picture yourself in it.  It makes it easy to choose the kind of wedding you may want.  Next, we chose a venue.  Since our venue is on a tropical island, that's exactly the direction we took for our invitations, website and decor.  To give you an idea, I've attached some photos of our invitations.  

full suite front

full suite front

Full suite back

Full suite back

Since we are having a tropical destination wedding, I wanted something that would jump out at people to get them excited to get away. We used Rachel Marvin Creative to draw them up.  The palm print has been a little played out by now so I was very careful not to make it too animated or whimsical, but more edgy and modern with a touch of romance.  What I love about our invitations is that there is a different element of design for the back of each card, and that the marble lining for the main envelope is something unexpected.  

For us, a website was necessary to help our guests keep track of things that are happening.  We used Riley & Grey as our web host.  You can also host a free website though WeddingWire. We wanted to touch more on the elegant theme and went heavy on the gold.  I wanted to stay with classic colors so we went with a white, gold and green theme.  Our venue represents lush gardens and sits right in front of the ocean.  I felt like it tied in nicely with the whole theme of our wedding.  

invitation card front and back

invitation card front and back

rsvp card front and back

rsvp card front and back

details card front and back

details card front and back

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If you feel like you're going in a similar path, but need more direction, use WeddingWire to help with theme, venue, website and more!            

How to Find Your Wedding Theme

Planning a wedding has always been something I have dreamed of just like every other girl out there. My vision of what that day would look like has changed so many different times over the years and now, with the presence of social media, it has been even more complicated to decide. Having a theme is probably the single most important aspect of your wedding (besides your dress).  It sets the tone and mood of the event for both you and your guests.  I am happy to say that I have a vision and a theme, so I am going to show you how I got there!

1) Pinterest

Pinterest played a huge role for me when it came to deciding on a theme.  Start your search by choosing a color and continue your search from there.  If you're lost on what colors you want to incorporate, WeddingWire came up with a genius Color Palette Generator to help you come up with a scheme based on the season.  Through Pinterest, I was able to pull ideas from a number of different pictures to create my specific vision. There are endless amounts of inspirational photos that you can pin onto your dedicated "wedding design" board.  It also helped me tremendously when it came to wording my save the dates and invitations.  Don't forget to narrow down your Pinterest picks as it can get overwhelming.  Your maid of honor might also help narrow down some ideas and she can think of things that you might not have thought of.  I've provided a Maid of Honor Checklist to help alleviate the stress.  Reading the next tip might also help you narrow things down if you're having a hard time doing so.  

2) Will You Still Love It In Ten Years?

When picking out a theme or color scheme, I wanted to stray away from what was entirely trendy and popular these days and just stick to something more classic and timeless.  One question I always had in mind was, "Am I still going to love it ten years from now?"  Granted, if you love something so much, you should incorporate that into your wedding; however, there are also ways to modify your design (i.e. color, decor) so that it stays classic.  Asking myself this question during the design and decision making process allowed me to eliminate items that I might hate later on.    

3) Location

Location plays a huge role in the theme of your wedding.  If you are having a fun city wedding, it might be nice to add modern touches.  Since my wedding will take place on a tropical island, I wanted to stay true to my roots and keep that island style vibe.  As a lover of fashion, however, I also wanted to incorporate elements that were indicative of my clean, chic and classic style. Without giving away too much, but to still give you an idea, I call the theme of my wedding "island elegance." WeddingWire gives a great guide to Real Wedding Inspiration that have taken place from the farm to the ocean.         

I hope these three tips help guide you in the right direction when choosing a theme for your wedding. For me, this has been one of the most fun parts of the planning process, and I hope it is the same for you!    

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