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Wedding Planning Timeline | 6 Months Before

LESS THAN HALF A YEAR UNTIL THE BIG DAY! How are you feeling? Hopefully the nerves can stay far away because this is SUCH an exciting time for you, and an important moment in your life. We’re starting to enter “crunch time” as far as wedding planning goes, so we’re stepping up the tasks included in this recurring series to illustrate the more important areas of planning in which you should be dedicating your time.

 
Planning a wedding? You won't want to miss the wedding planning tips included in this recurring series by Calli Richards, Logan, UT wedding photographer.
 

It’s time to shop for suits for your groom and for the wedding party! That includes bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, as well. If you are a budget-conscious bride, you might find a lot of savings in renting all apparel from the same place, if possible. Otherwise, if you’re more aesthetically-focus and you envision your wedding with a lot of fine details and unique variety, you can consider individually selecting each gown or suit to “suit” (pun definitely intended) the wearer.

Do yourself a favor by preparing early and booking your appointment with the county clerk’s office to finalize all the legalities of your marriage. It’s customary to give at least three months notice to the registrar and your priest or religious celebrant, or the person you invite to conduct your wedding ceremony. Planning this all out in advance gives you PLENTY of time to organize all the proper documentation and to ensure that nothing important falls to the wayside as you near your wedding day.

Another “organizational'“-type task you can be working on is to renew your passports (if necessary) and arrange appointments to update your vaccinations if you plan to travel abroad for a honeymoon, or for the actual wedding. These are things you can’t really control or expedite, and it’s in your best interest to get them taken care of well in advance.

Lastly, now is a good time for you to consider and perhaps purchase wedding insurance. This can be a relief if you’re planning to marry far away from home or if the circumstances of your wedding are outside your control (like in a season or location with unpredictable weather, and when planning an outdoor wedding). If you’re spending any amount of large sum on the various details of your wedding, you may want to insure these investments.

I’ll check in with you next month with my list of things you can be working on a mere five months prior to your wedding. Until then, happy wedding planning!

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Lydia + Aaron Wedding Day

I asked Lydia to tell me more about her and Aaron’s love story. I’m so excited to share their wedding with you all!

“We met in our singles ward, where we both had cheated and used friends and families addresses to be part of the ward. I had noticed Aaron after he bore his testimony and thought he seemed like someone I wanted to know. We actually ended up matching on one of the stupid dating apps and I tried to make my move but it didn't take. Then I deleted the app because dating apps are the worst! He said he tried to message me but I was gone. The next week we ended up giving talks together. I spoke before him and he tells me he was impressed because I kicked my shoes off and gave my talk barefoot. He says it was a "baller" move. Then it took him a month to gather the courage to ask me out but if you ask him he was just trying to do it in person rather than over the phone. ;) We started dating fast and luckily both of us enjoy quality time together so we've spent most of this time enjoying each others company. He proposed July, 18 after a "production date." It was the most fun and exciting, "live in the movies" experience. I was "kidnapped," rescued and almost married off to another man... BUT my own knight in shinning armor ;) found me and proposed in front of most of our family and friends. I loved every second of it, especially because it means I get to marry my best friend and the kindest man I've ever known.

I'm so blessed to have met Aaron and I am so excited to marry him. I am excited to start and spend our lives growing together.”

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Wedding Planning Timeline | 7 Months Before

We’re nearing the six month mark! It’s almost crunch time, but if you’ve been following along with my wedding planning tips in the timeline I outlined, you’ve likely been getting plenty taken care. No need to stress! Today, I’m outlining the wedding planning checklist items that I recommend figuring out approximately seven months before your wedding.

 
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First, let’s get with the venue and figure out what sort of things they’ll take care, in the way of tables, chairs, marquees and tents, etc. And then find an equipment rental place and reserve everything else you need. Most venues will have table and chair solutions for you, or at least some recommendations for local businesses that they love to work with, but it’s best not to wait until too close to the wedding (or the day of!) to find out that no one bothered to reserve chairs through the event venue coordinator.

You should also start planning and booking your honeymoon well in advance. This gives you ample time to research flights and claim travel deals before things get too hectic with wedding planning. If you’re not big on making all the tiny little choices when it comes to travel, then hire a travel agency to plan the trip for you! I’m big on outsourcing when it comes to wedding planning, and this could easily be one less thing you have to do and save you a lot of time.

Time to feel fancy! Around this time, you should start researching hair and make-up artists and schedule a trial with your beauty team. As you’re getting your engagements and bridal photos done, too, consider having the same team work on dolling you up. You’ll develop a much closer relationship by the time your wedding rolls around and it will make the day that much more special knowing you have the real love and support of your entire getting-ready team!

Another thing you’ll get to outsource is obviously planning the bachelor and bachelorette parties! The only part you may really need to be involved in is setting the dates and getting some gifts for the wedding party members. If you’ve got girlfriends and guy friends who are willing, let them plan a fun evening or getaway weekend that spoils you, just a bit before the wedding, to hopefully relax and remove some of those pre-wedding jitters by spending some fun times with your friends.

My last recommendation for this period of time is to schedule your transportation for the big day. Just like your tables and chairs, this is a make-or-break piece of the wedding day that you do NOT want to miss out on, heaven forbid you be late to your own wedding! It’s a super simple phone call to schedule, and then you’re done. Assign a member of the wedding party to follow up the week before, but beside that, it’s an easy task that keeps you on schedule for all the other wedding planning tasks, without getting overwhelmed.

Stay tuned for more wedding planning tips and to see my suggestions for things you can be working on next, about six month before your wedding day!

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My Favorite Go-To Outfits for Traveling

Before I started traveling all the time, I NEVER knew what to wear while traveling or even when it came to packing for my trip. I would always tend to “over-pack”, or even dress in lots of layers because I never knew whether I’d be cold or hot and I kind of panicked at the thought of not being able to immediately solve that problem by bringing along a coat or shedding a few layers. The result was that I was always lugging an extra suitcase and one too many jackets or coats around the airport.

 
My Favorite go-to outfits for traveling on all of my adventures around the world
 

Now that I’ve had so many successful, adventurous travels under my belt, I’ve been able to develop a sense of “travel style”. I know myself and I know what my go-to pieces are going to be, and I’ve even had the chance to purge my closet for Juni, which helps me pack more purposefully with pieces I already know I’m going to love to wear on my trip.

Today, I’m sharing my three favorite outfits for traveling (whether by plane, car, train, or boat) and why you should make these your go-to travel outfits for your next big trip!


Keep it Basic

I’m a big fan of “basic” pieces because they’re so easy to pair; you can dress them up for a night on the town after you arrive at your destination or throw on some sweats to stay comfy for the road. Lately, I’ve been turning to a lot of our Juni products to stay comfortable, but fashionable while traveling, including this basic tee (available in white and a deep blue/grey), these Kan Can jeans, and usually a fun neckerchief to keep it classy.

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Dress for Cooler Weather

If you’re traveling somewhere cooler or in an airplane - where I usually tend to get a little cold - I like to pack light sweaters like this one. They’re perfect for wearing on a cooler day without needing to bring an extra jacket, but as soon as the temperature drops even more, they’re light enough to wear under your coat without feeling like you’re going to burst out of all the bulkiness.

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My Signature Travel Look

If there is one piece I never travel without, it’s this denim jacket. I’m a firm believer that everyone should have at least one denim jacket in their wardrobe. The magic of this type of jacket is that you can stay warm OR cool while wrapped in its folds. It sounds crazy, but something about that denim fabric helps me stay comfortable in a pretty wide range of temperatures, so it always makes its way into my carry-on or back seat as I’m driving to my next adventure.

It’s another one of those pieces that is ultra-versatile, too, so it goes with almost every outfit I may bring along on my trip!

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What are your go-to pieces for traveling?

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Wedding Planning Timeline | 8 Months Before

As you move closer to your wedding, remember that it’s just a day. It’s a grand, special day that you’ll always remember, but it’s JUST a day to celebrate you and your spouse. Don’t let the stress of planning and preparation keep you from enjoying this season of life, your last few months before you tie the knot! I’m sharing today a few of the things I’ve designated on our ultimate wedding planning timeline that you could be taking care of this month, eight months before your wedding day.

 
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Pay attention to the distance your expected guest list will have to travel to attend your wedding, and consider coordinating with some local hotels to block out some rooms reserved for your guests to book. This is a little touch of convenience that will make things so much easier for your guests, and they’ll be grateful! It’s this consideration that will confirm your status as a good host, and all it takes is a quick phone call or two.

One more exciting thing you can finally get started on: chatting with your florist. Come to your initial meeting or phone call with plenty of ideas for the direction you want to go, but also an open mind to be able to trust the guidance of your expert vendor. After all, they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that they know the best recommendations for you and your wedding depending on the season, location, and bridal party.

This next step can be such a stressful thing for a lot of brides, but really, it shouldn’t be! This is around when you should be thinking about and choosing a wedding cake. Sample a few varieties from your caterer or local bakery once you’ve chosen the best experts for the job. And keep in mind that the simple flavors are definitely more crowd pleasers! From all the weddings I’ve attended, I have a pretty good handle on what flies with most guests, and the fancier, flashier cake options always seem tasty, but don’t vibe as well with the reception attendees.

While you’re in the food and catering mindset, you can also be taste testing food options and wines or other refreshments to serve on your big day. Shop around to find the flavors that best fit you and your wedding style, and don’t be afraid to keep it simple! I would recommend you shoot for something less casual than what you’d expect at a birthday party or barbecue, but not as fancy as a seated, anniversary dinner, especially if you have a more family-friendly crowd in attendance.

Lastly, use this time before things get REALLY crazy to pick out your wedding stationery. You can find a friend to help you design something yourself and get it printed at your local printer, order something online through a template site, or hire a professional calligraphy artist or paper suite designer to create a custom look for your invitations that suits your wedding style! (And if you’re looking for a super unique way to announce your wedding or showcase the order of events on the big day, check out my friends Betsy and Rachel at Unlike Juliet who design custom wedding magazine invitations and programs!)

Stay tuned for more wedding planning tips and to see my suggestions for things you can be working on next, about seven month before your wedding day!

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I bought Instagram Followers....

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It’s true, I did. I bought Instagram followers.

I didn’t buy them to look more popular, or to become an influencer. I didn’t buy them to scam people, to gain credibility, or to boost my self-esteem. I just…bought them. With no motives.

A few months ago I laid in bed tossing and turning as the minutes on my alarm clock dragged by. With every passing minute I still couldn’t fall asleep and around 12:30 I gave up trying. I pulled out my phone, and started browsing Instagram and googling the random ideas that popped into my head. Earlier that day I had been talking to someone about the practice of buying instagram followers, the conversation came back to me so I pulled up the safari app and typed “buy instagram followers” into the search bar.

Blog post after blog post popped up of why you shouldn’t, but how you could. I was just interested, intrigued. That was all. I found a few different sites that offered “real” instagram followers among those blog posts warning against it. Well you see, it was late enough in the night that my sense of should and shouldn’t was long gone (which is the whole reason I deleted the amazon app from my phone because too many times I’d wake up from a late night of zombie phone scrolling to find a new balance on my credit card). And, I bought followers. I bought about 2,000 followers, enough to get the swipe up feature and a K behind my name.

And that was it. Finally I fell asleep and woke up the next morning and went on with my life. For months I just kept living my life…until today. Today enough of either my real followers or those fake followers unfollowed me and the K left. And guess what? My world didn’t come to an end, I wasn’t devastated, and I wasn’t worried. It was just a “huh” kind of moment.

So why am I writing this? Why am I telling you after all these months that I bought Instagram followers?

Because it’s JUST numbers

Thats it. This little number next to your name means nothing. It doesn’t show how totally cool you are, how great of a friend you are, how artistic you are. It doesn’t tell people at ALL who you are. It is just a number.

But behind each of those numbers is someone equally as insanely cool as you. Someone who loves you and appreciates you. Someone who double taps your photos, someone who laughs at your stories. And guess what? Those are REAL people.

In the last few months I’ve met SO many of my REAL followers in REAL LIFE. And every time I am completely blown away at how much I love them. Like REAL love. I feel like I could talk to them FOR HOURS, and often times I’m sad they have to leave.

So now, I’m going through and removing the fake followers. I want my instagram account to be full of REAL people I can meet and REAL friends. It’s quite the process!

This little app, and those little numbers mean nothing. Until you think about the people behind the screens. The people on the other side of your story, watching you talk about your day.

So really, this post isn’t a warning to not buy followers, or an inspirational story about how much I learned. It’s a PSA. Because YOU DESERVE MORE THAN BASING YOUR SELF-ESTEEM ON A NUMBER. You deserve more out of this app than just pretty pictures and endless hours of scrolling.

That is all.

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