The Blogging Bride Diaries

   
    

The Journey Begins: 

Not too long ago, I wrote a blog post on helpful online wedding planning tools  tailoredinspiration.com/2018/06/11/wedding-planning-tools/) you can use to help you plan your big day, featuring local wedding magazine Majestic Weddings. A few days later, I received an email from Petra Palframan, the editor of Majestic Weddings, thanking me for featuring the magazine in my blog post. I was pleasantly surprised to hear from her, and even more surprised when she asked if we could do a collaboration! I jumped at the opportunity to work with her because I’m a huge fan of her publication, as well as her website and mobile app! A week later, we were sitting in Seattle Coffee, drinking the best coffee in town and discussing our new project – The Blogging Bride Diaries. When Petra first suggested the collaboration, my head was spinning with ideas. But then I started to panic because, let’s face it, I’m not going to be a picture-perfect bride with an exorbitant budget, walking down the aisle in a pricey, custom-made wedding gown. How could I, an ordinary bride-to-be, possibly collaborate with a glamorous wedding magazine? All my fears melted away when I met Petra, because I realized that we were both on the same page. We both wanted to develop a real blog series for real brides living in South Africa on how to organise a real wedding. And that was how The Blogging Bride Diaries was born! Over the next nine months or so, you can expect to get the inside scoop on my wedding planning, from the very beginning, to the day we say ‘I do’. I’ll be sharing the journey with you, and showing you how easy it is to plan a wedding with Majestic Weddings!Stay up to date with The Blogging Bride Diaries by keeping an eye on my blog, following me on Instagram(tailoredinspiration) or Facebook (tailoredinspo), or by liking the Majestic Weddings Facebook page.

Planning, Preparation And A Bit Of Panic:

As I’m writing this, I’ve remembered that I still need to design our save the dates, I need to pay the deposit for the makeup artist, and we need to look at the quotes for photographers piled up in my inbox. But just when I feel like I’m organised and that I’ve achieved a great deal, I remember that there is still so much that I need to do – from choosing bridesmaid dresses and finding my own dress, to booking a florist, a DJ and choosing a wedding cake design! It can be a little bit difficult not to panic at the thought of the enormous task ahead of us! And while we have eight months to get everything done, time goes by so quickly, especially when there are many decisions waiting to be made, and details competing for my attention! That being said, in our first official month of wedding planning, we have already ticked off a few items on our checklist – we planned and executed a successful engagement party, we’ve booked a beautiful venue, we’ve got a graphic designer on board to design our wedding stationery, and I’ve booked a makeup artist for my bridal party.

LITTLE BITS OF INSPIRATION:


If you know me well, you may know that I’m hopelessly indecisive, and even when I have finally made a decision, I struggle with the ‘what ifs’ and I always question whether I have made the right choice. This has made the wedding planning process a little bit difficult, especially when it comes to finding inspiration and keeping all my thoughts in one place. As an indecisive bride-to-be, I have been making the most of Majestic Wedding’s inspiration boards. In order to keep all my thoughts and ideas in one place, I’ve created inspiration boards using my Majestic Weddings account, with a board for decor, bridesmaid dresses, colour scheme, hairstyles – the list goes on! With so many ideas in my head, my inspiration boards have helped me to pinpoint exactly what I like, helping me to envision the overall theme, look and feel I would like to create for the big day. The best part is that I can print my inspiration boards, save them as PDF files, or show them to my wedding suppliers from the app on my phone.

A ‘TO DO’ FOR THE ‘I DO’!:


With my inspiration boards in order, I’ve been able to put together a to do list , with a timeline of what needs to be done every month for the next eight months. I’ve made use of the wedding to-do list in my summer copy of my Majestic Weddings magazine. The comprehensive list features absolutely everything a bride needs to do for her wedding – all the way from 6 months before the wedding, to the day before the big ‘I do’. I’ve also made use of my favourite tool on the wedding website – the online to do list. This list has everything you could possibly need to do or keep in mind when planning a wedding. You can put each task in a separate folder, so that you can keep track of what you need to do, what needs to be done in the next seven days, and which tasks you have completed. You can access your to do list at home on your computer, or when you’re out meeting with wedding suppliers, which means that you’ve always got access to it. I have felt emotional looking at everything that has to be done. Is it because I’m stressed? It may be because I’m a little bit overwhelmed, but more than that, I’m overcome with emotion because I’m at excited for the day when we finally get to say that we are married! P.S. The winter edition of Majestic Weddings is out, and it features lots of inspiration and articles, including a beautiful, uniquely styled shoot which is perfect for unconventional brides! If you’re getting married, you can get your free copy at any one of these outlets (www.majesticweddings.co.za/magazine).

The Big Wedding Wake-Up Call:

 

Before you read this blog, let me tell you this – I tend to be paranoid, a little dramatic and I’m known for my grand overreactions, so maybe I’m not as disorganised as I feel. But in my head, I’ve been feeling a little bit disorganised, and wedding planning has been slow this month. At one point, I even put off looking at my to-do list (which ironically was an item waiting to be ticked off my to-do list)! Sometimes when there is so much to be done, it just feels easier to not deal with the situation at all – know what I mean? But, as the title of this month’s The Blogging Bride Diaries suggests, I got a bit of a wake-up call recently when my bridal party and I went to our first wedding expo! Meeting so many suppliers, from wedding cake creators, to dressmakers, wedding planners, caterers, florists and even an attorney (in the words of Kanye West: “We want prenup!”), I realised that there is still a helluva lot that still needs to be done! Sometimes I feel like a broken record, and I’m pretty sure I have deja vu, because I definitely mentioned this in last month’s blog, but seriously – I feel like there is an insurmountable task ahead of me! And then some days, I feel like I’ve got this whole wedding planning thing down to a T. Before I have a meltdown thinking about the chaos of the wedding planning storm in my head, let me tell you how I came to realise the road that lies ahead, the fun we had at Wedstock, and how I managed to get my A into G at the very end of the month.

 

A few Saturdays ago, my mom, bridesmaids and I hit the open road and made our way to Slipperfields, a premier wedding venue just outside Port Elizabeth, to attend our very first wedding expo Wedstock 2018! In the weeks following the expo, we were all excited to finally head to a wedding event together. It didn’t take much to convince my bridesmaids to join me at Wedstock – the promise of a beauty workshop and gin cocktails was more than enough to entice us all! When we arrived, we had a quick look at the wedding supplier stalls before popping in at the Beauty Workshop 101 Wed Talk, where Beauty by Teané and Rhodè from LUSH Photography touched on the topics of wedding photography and honeymoon makeup. Next, it was on to the expo stalls to chat to wedding suppliers and collect contacts for the big day. After gushing over wedding dresses, admiring the beautiful work of wedding photographers, and tasting cupcake and cake flavours, it was time for a Slipperfields lunch and craft gin cocktails from Honeybox.

THE WAKE-UP CALL & GETTING MY BIG BRIDE BUTT INTO GEAR:


After the wedding expo, I realised that there are still so many things that I need to do. Up until now, my to-do list had included all the big, important things to be organised, but there are so many details that never crossed my mind! My wake-up call was the push I needed to get back into the swing of things. I’ve finally finished the design for the save-the-dates, I’ve booked a DJ, we’ve started chatting about our vision for the wedding cake and I met with Heather from Chocolates for Breakfast to discuss bridesmaid dresses To get my bride butt into gear, I’ve drawn inspiration from some of Majestic Weddings‘ online articles, and I’ve found some stunning bridesmaid dress ideas. I’ve always liked the idea of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, so this article on how to implement the mismatched bridesmaid dress concept (www.majesticweddings.co.za/articles/Bridesmaid-Dresses/Mismatched-Bridesmaid-Dresses-101) was really helpful. The colour scheme for the wedding is blush and white with lots of fresh greenery to add colour to the wedding, and because Arnold has gifted me with protea flowers throughout our relationship, we’ve decided to incorporate protea flowers in the bouquets and centrepieces. Majestic Weddings also did a feature on romantic dusty pink weddings, and the feature suggested that this colour can be paired with protea flowers. I’ve added the stunning dusty pink mood board from the article to my inspiration board as colour inspiration for my bridesmaid dresses. Despite the wake-up call, I think we’re doing an okay job of putting together a wedding, right? My theory: we’ll find out on our wedding day!

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