MEET BRIDECHILLA LIZ
Bridechilla Liz and her fiancé Don are from Washington, DC and are 10 months out from their Wisconsin wedding. Bridechilla Liz is looking forward to sharing, in upcoming blog posts, a style blog of her planning, including some things she's already done like picking a dress, picking a venue, and attending a pre-marriage workshop.
WHEN ARE YOU GETTING HITCHED?
ANY WEDDING DEAL BREAKERS AND NON-NEGOTIABLES?
Good food, delightful people, and an open bar.
BIGGEST WEDDING STRESS SO FAR?
Finding a dress was surprisingly more challenging and emotional than I thought it would be.
As it turns out, when you're 6 feet tall and sample size, most dresses look pretty good on you (not a real problem, I know), but then trying to figure out what looks good vs. what dress reflects your style can actually be very challenging. And it's a good amount of money, so you don't want to have any regrets.
ANY TRUTH BOMBS AFTER GETTING ENGAGED?
I am loving wedding planning, which is not a surprise because I love to plan birthday parties and vacations, and now I just have a bigger budget and guest list than usual. The biggest surprise has been the very specific things people have opinions on, e.g., the size of my wedding party, how much is appropriate to spend on a dress, whether I need to have "wedding colors," other things that do not really affect the attendees of a wedding. Wedding planning has also forced my fiance and I to have some challenging conversations and this has really helped us grow closer as a couple.
ARE YOU HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER OR COORDINATOR?
My venue comes with a day-of coordinator and I am doing everything else. I did not want a wedding planner because I quite enjoy doing the research and finding vendors (plus we are getting married in a smaller market, so it's not overwhelming),and so I selfishly did not want to cede those responsibilities to anyone else. Now that we are doing planning from afar, I do see some of the advantages to having someone on the ground, but fortunately my mom has been helping out since we are getting married in my hometown.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE WEDDING SUPPLIER SO FAR?
Daffodil*Parker, our florist. I cannot wait to see what she will come up with for our flowers.
Image by: Copper Key Visuals
BEST WEDDING HACK?
Instead of a cake cake, we are having a cake made of cheese wheels. This is by far my favorite detail of our wedding and is perfect because we both prefer cheese to cake (and we're getting married in Wisconsin, the Dairy State).
Aleisha, I know how much you love cake, so hopefully you don't think this is actually a terrible idea!
I designed our Save the Dates using Canva, which was very easy (and free!) to use and they look great. I will likely use Canva for our programs as well.
Finally, my cousin is getting married 6 months before me, so I am planning to steal her address spreadsheet to get the info for our (very large) family, so we don't have to ask everyone a second time.
WHAT IS THE BEST BRIDECHILLA ADVICE THAT HAS REALLY HELPED YOU OUT DURING YOUR WEDDING PLANNING?
One of APW's mantras (and I know it's a theme of the podcast as well):
People over things. Will this choice make the wedding a more fun and enjoyable experience for my friends and family?
Yes - let's do it! No - is it something that is really important to me and if so, do we have room in the budget? Y
es and yes - go for it! No - let's not waste another second worrying about it. This helped me choose a DJ over a band, made it easy to say no to favors and menus and other extraneous items, but also allowed me to be OK with spending money on flowers, because they are beautiful and make me happy and that's OK too.
BEST BOOK YOU'VE READ THIS YEAR?
Night Film is a breathtakingly suspenseful literary thriller that makes you question how you decide what is real and what isn't from the critically acclaimed author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
On a damp October night the body of beautiful Ashley Cordova is discovered in a Manhattan warehouse. Though her death is ruled a suicide, investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. The last time McGrath got too close to the Cordova dynasty, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his mind.