Hi! Meagan here. I’ve been with Inspired by This for the past 6 years. After writing countless wedding inspiration posts and featuring the prettiest real weddings, it’s my turn to get married! Crazy. I wanted to take you with me on this wedding planning journey, so this is the second in a series of wedding planning diary posts we’ll share on the site! Today, we are focusing on the details of planning a wedding. I’ll get into everything from stationery to booking a DJ, so buckle up and follow along!
Wedding Planning Diary Part 2: The Details
Perhaps the most daunting part of wedding planning are all of the tiny details that go into planning the perfect wedding! Okay, perfect might be a stretch, but let’s say YOUR perfect wedding. In my last diary post, I shared about booking our venue, planning team, photographer and narrowing down the guest list with my fiance. This time around, I’ll fill y’all in on where we’re at, and share some exciting new additions to our vendor team! I’m also sharing some exclusive (LOL) sneak peeks into our mood board and design plan!
So, What Have You Been Doing The Last 2 Months?
It’s been busy, but great! We took our engagement photos with Sanaz Photography and Page Beauty back in October at Cielo Farms, and I’m so happy with how they turned out! I’m not used to being in front of the camera, but both Sanaz and Tanya made me feel so comfortable. After we got our photos back, we worked on setting up our wedding website and designing our save the dates. Keep scrolling to see how those turned out!
Other than those photos, we’ve been focused on reaching out to the remaining vendor categories to round out our team! As of now, we have most of our major categories confirmed, so I’m feeling good!
Let’s Talk Flowers
I honestly think I might be more excited for flowers than anything else (other than like, getting married, ya know?). We’ve worked with Bloominous for years, and their work consistently blows me away. Check out the designs they pulled off for this Moroccan-inspired industry party and this ultra-chic Friendsgiving party. I already know that they’ll take my mood board to the next level and create something truly amazing for my wedding. We’re doing a venue walk-through at Forme Los Angeles with their team and All You Need Is Love Events next week to chat fun design ideas and I can’t wait to share what we come up with!
(Photo by Jona Christina Photography, Floral Design by Siren Floral Co.)
Hey, Mr. DJ
Another wedding planning detail we were eager to get locked in was our DJ! Elevated Pulse is a professional DJ company based here in Southern California. My fiance heard them perform once at an industry event, and has been begging me to reach out about our wedding ever since. After reaching out to their team, we were connected with one of their wedding DJs – Mike. We hopped on a call to get to know each other, and we just instantly clicked! We know that he’ll bring the perfect vibe to our wedding day and we’re excited to get into song selections and details with Mike and the Elevated Pulse team! Any recommendations for first dance songs or ceremony tunes? Help a girl out in the comments!
As someone who is entrenched in the wedding industry, details are so important to me! With that, stationery was something that I couldn’t wait to get the ball rolling on. Prim & Pixie does some of the coolest suites and displays in the industry, and they were a no-brainer for my wedding! We’re just finalizing everything we need in terms of papergoods – How many invitations, escort cards, table numbers, bar signs, etc. and then we’ll start working on proofs with their team! Do you have any tips for ordering stationery? Let me know and I’ll share some of the best advice I get in the next diary post!
(Photos via @primandpixie)
Guest List Update
As promised, here’s an update on where we’re at with the guest list. I wish I could say that I found the secret sauce and know exactly how to help you get your list to that perfect number. Sadly, it just all comes down to personal preference and how strict you’re willing to be with your friends and family! Ultimately we decided to invite more than we originally intended. With that being said, many of my friends and family are not local to LA, so with estimated drop-off, we won’t be too far off from our original number and therefore our original budget. Here’s hoping!
We sent out save-the-dates a bit early, mostly because of the aforementioned out of towners and because we both like to operate ahead of schedule. We used Paperless Post and I can’t recommend digital save-the-dates enough! If paper save the dates are in your budget, more power to you, but if you’re looking for a place to save, consider sending them out online. It was WAY easier to gather email addresses (I bet you already have most of them!) and then Paperless Post has an option for guests to reply with their mailing address. We already have 99% of the addresses we need to send out our invites in early 2020! We just chose a pre-designed template from their site and then customized it with our details and colors. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!