Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Coming Soon!

Stacy and I are working hard at getting the tone and schedule of this blog working.  In the near future, please look for our narratives about our weddings, a checklist to help you with your planning, some witchy wedding products and advice about crafting your ceremony, writing invitations and wheel of the year crafts to enhance your event!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Timing is everything

When it comes to event planning, timing is everything. Start out by deciding what kind of event you want.  Something simple can be put together very quickly, but elaborate weddings take time (or lots of money) to make them work out.

I grew up in the wedding industry; my parents were photographers  (and I late sold gowns, bridesmaids dresses, rented tuxedos and did custom stationary orders) and most weddings were booked at least a year in advance.  Why?  Because things take time.  If you order a wedding gown from a bridal shop (not a big bridal retailer) your dress will take weeks to be delivered (unless you pay a rush charge).  Invitations need about a week of turn around time and should be mailed out at least six weeks in advance.  Bridesmaid's dresses, six weeks.  Some officiants require premarital counselling which can take weeks.  Many vendors are booked a year or more in advance for peak season (which is traditionally late April through early September).

This shouldn't discourage you if you are absolutely certain your wedding needs to happen quickly (there are tons of reasons that couple need a short engagement), but remember that the stress increases exponentially the less time you have to put things together.  Sit down together, with your families and attendants (in necessary) and discuss when would be best.  Are you dead set on a particular date or season?  Are you working around other commitments? Is there a compromise available?  If you choose a date that is more than a year in the future, begin passing the word and/or send out save the date cards.  Once you have made this big decision, it's time to talk budget.  Take everything one step at a time and you'll be fine.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Getting started

There are many decisions to make as you plan your wedding, hand fasting or commitment ceremony.  One of the best ways to do this is to sit down with your significant other and talk about what you each want.  Are you looking for something intimate and simple or something grand?  Do you want your union to be legally recognized (you will need to research the legalities involved in getting married in you area- don't worry, we'll come back to this topic in a later post)?  What reflects the two of you and your relationship? When do you want to get married?

Once you've had this discussion.  Buy a couple of wedding magazines.  What jumps out at you?  A season, a type of location, a color?  Save pictures in a notebook, write notes-especially about the emotions the photos evoke.  Have fun, dream a little.

Keep your eyes open for inspiration, it can be anywhere.  Save color chips, fabric swatches and photos; it will help you keep organized and inspired.  Don't be afraid to have fun and be creative.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome to Witchy Weddings

Congratulations on you upcoming wedding!

Weddings are personal and public at the same time.  There exists a variety traditions- religious and cultural, that as a bride or groom, you will need to wade through, make decisions about and implement.  We're here to help, with suggestions, advice and sometimes humorous stories of the excitement of weddings and wedding planning.

Stay tuned for lots of info!