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Your wedding day will be the most romantic wedding day of your life, and nothing whatsoever can get in the way of that. Getting together with the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with to declare your love in front of your friends and family is a wonderful experience that you’ll remember forever. It’s so pure of concept that it’s virtually impossible to get wrong. However, the average modern wedding is so logistically fraught it’s almost a military operation. With caterers, jewelers, florists, photographers and venue staff involved (to name but a few) and an average price tag of over £30,000 (or about $32,000) many couples court danger with the logistical complexity of their wedding planning.

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That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints which will ensure that poor planning doesn’t send your wedding plans in a tailspin. Avoid these common planning pitfalls and you’ll ensure that confetti is the only thing that goes up in the air on the big day.

Failing to make a budget (and stick to it)

One of the most fundamentally important elements of wedding planning is nailing down your budget. You may want a wedding to rival Beyonce and Jay Z that your guests will be talking about for years to come, but it’s important to be realistic in terms of what you can accomplish and how much you can afford to spend. You should establish a budget for the wedding and divide it into subsections for the dress, catering, entertainment etc. If you can, put your wedding savings in a high-interest account to get the most out of your money throughout the planning phase.

Blowing half your budget on the dress

Of course your wedding dress is vitally important, but it needn’t come at the expense of the rest of the wedding. Keep your mind open to different styles and designers and let the dress pick you. I originally thought I wanted a Haley Paige or a dress custom made by designer Kelly (she does do custom wedding dresses) but I ended up finding a relatively inexpensive dress that I can now customize! Etsy also has some beautiful wedding dresses.

Not insuring the wedding

It’s a harsh truth, but there’s a lot that can go wrong with a wedding. Your band’s lead singer could get a throat infection, someone could drop the cake, your bridesmaids’ dresses could get incinerated in a warehouse fire. While none of these options is particularly likely, you owe it to yourself to check out www.wedinsure.co.uk to check out the policies and choose one that’s right for you. Whoever you choose for wedding insurance, with so many logistical ‘moving parts’ to a wedding, you court chaos by not protecting yourself.

Jumping the gun on ‘save the date’ cards

In their enthusiasm to get the ball rolling and share the joy of their engagement, many couples send out ‘save the date’ cards to virtually everyone they know. Then, when the budgetary implications are all worked out and the final guest list is established, there may be a pretty huge discrepancy between the guest list and those who’ve received ‘save the date’ cards. This could lead to some embarrassing confrontations. Make sure that you hang fire on those cards until the guest list has been established and finalized in accordance with your budget.

By avoiding these common pitfalls you’ll avert risks to your perfect big day and take a lot of the stress and anxiety out of your wedding planning.

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Good morning and happy Friday! I’m settling into my new position so please be patient with me as I get into a routine and figure out where blogging fits in now. This week was also big in that Kendall’s mom was up from Mississippi and we got to show her our reception venue. I swear, the Mayflower is not only gorgeous but they have an amazing staff who bent over backwards to take care of us.

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Lately on the The CaroLøve:

Wedding things have been kicking into high gear and I’m getting more and more excited every day. I’m considering doing a post on all the vendors I’ve come across that have made life easier, but in the meantime, ~*gold star*~ of the week goes to Minted for their address assistant. Seeing addresses from my friends roll in has been SO MUCH FUN! Our save the dates are custom from a local woman, but our invites will also be from Minted.

Big props to my girl Alyssa of Naturally Me for accomplishing a huge personal/ career goal. Go check it out for yourself!

We The Kings released a new version of their song Stay Young with a very special guest vocalist. And tell me if I’m crazy but does Travis sound like Michael Jackson a bit?

I’m super into energy and cultivating the type of energy you want to surround yourself with. We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but maybe a little 2/3 of the way done with summer refresh will be good for you and your home. via Town & Country

I have been exploring more of the south since meeting my Mississippi man, especially falling in love with Savannah + New Orleans. I have to try to visit these 20 Places Every Southerner Should See Before They Die. via Town & Country

Chicken is the first thing I learned to cook for myself… well maybe besides eggs. But this Everything Bagel Chicken takes it to the next level. via Kitchn

I’m partial top OPI gel manicures in shades of light pink, but I am LOVING this back to school Crayola mani. via Smart School House

There is such a thing as Arsen Cat and I love him. (Doesn’t hurt that he looks SO MUCH like my former Catmate, Puck.)

Last but definitely not least (I wanted to end on this and separate it a little bit from my other links + sales) -I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to find out that they have cancer, but one young woman I know is facing it head on and with such a positive outlook. I am truly inspired by Rachel, and I urge you to check out her blog~ especially the I Want to Help link.

Have a great weekend!

 

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TGIF

This is the most epic of all the TGIF feels- today is my last day at the firm! In all honesty it has been a great four years but I’m excited to move on. I will probably cry at some point today. We’ll see.

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This week on The CaroLøve:

Don’t forget I’m still running my Stella & Dot online styling session!

Jim Vance will be featured in Smithsonian’s African American History Museum.

Enjoy 15% off wedding orders $250+, 10% off $150+ with Minted using code: JULYWED! (exp Mon 7/31)

Relevant to my interests: Etsy has released an awesome wedding party gift guide!

Mark & Graham is on my level. So excited for fall and their preview for the coming season!

Betsey Johnson is having a BOGO 50% sale off with the code SUPER50.

Off-the-shoulder doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and Lulu’s has an awesome selection!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting things you can do. For many, getting married is something they’ve dreamed of for years, and it’s time to bring those childhood dreams into reality. When you’re putting together a wedding, there are lots of things to remember, and this is why life can get a little hectic. Throw in trying to please others and sticking to a budget, and it can be a tough task. The best thing to do once you’ve got your budget sorted is tick off the big things.

The venue

Choosing a wedding venue is an incredibly exciting prospect. This is the place you’ll say those all-important vows and share the most special day of your life with the people you love most. Some people have an idea of what they want while others are much more open-minded. These days, almost anything goes when it comes to wedding venues, so you really can go for something that suits your personalities and the kind of event you want. Some people prefer the grandeur and elegance of a traditional venue like a castle, a hotel or a country house while others prefer the intimacy of a small woodland wedding or the fun of a festival-themed outdoor gathering. Even if you think you’re sure about what you want, it’s a good idea to look at some different options. You may change your mind or get some bolts of inspiration along the way. If you’re not sure what’s out there, the Internet is a wonderful resource. You can find out more about venues like The Country Club at DC Ranch or conduct a general search for wedding venues in your local area. It’s also a great idea to look through some wedding magazines and read blogs. Make a shortlist and arrange some viewings.

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The dress

For most brides, the one thing they want to be perfect is the dress. This is the dress you’re going to walk down the aisle in, and the one piece of clothing you’ll keep for life. Most of us have ideas about the kind of styles we like but don’t limit yourself. Enjoy the experience of going to bridal stores and boutiques, and trying the dresses on. Gather a range of dresses off the rail, and see what suits you. You may be surprised at the one you fall for. It may not take long for you to find the dress of your dreams, but factor in time for alterations and fittings.

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The save the dates

Once you have a venue booked, send out save the dates to give your guests as much notice as possible. If you’re looking to cut costs, e-invitations are a great option. You don’t need to include additional information on your save the date cards. Just the date and general area will do. You can give your guests information about timings, directions, gifts, and dress code when you send formal invitations.

Are you planning a wedding? If so, you may be swamped by lists and spreadsheets, but don’t panic. If you’re organized, you can enjoy the process without getting too stressed out. Tick off the big things first, and then you can focus on the finishing touches.

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Happy Friday! I’m home in Laytonsville today helping my mom decorate the house for the holidays. Tomorrow I’m heading up to Jersey for my Big’s baby shower, then on Sunday Kendall and I are hopefully decorating our own tree.

This week on The CaroLøve:

My cousin and her boyfriend are taking physical action and delivery supplies to water protectors at Standing Rock, and I couldn’t be prouder. If you can’t physically make it there and would still like to contribute, Eva suggests donating to OCETI SAKOWIN CAMP.

Have you gotten your holiday cards yet? If you’re looking to go personalized, I suggest Minted. I’ve seen some really gorgeous cards from there. If you want something a little bit different, fun, and a little naughty 😉 definitely go for Spaghetti Toes/ Harp And Squirrel, like the card featured above (now on sale!).

I’m a pizza FIEND, so I’ve been to most of these places around DC. Where do you get your favorite slice?

Kendall and I have been doing a little hiking recently, and while it’s getting chilly, I still wouldn’t mind hitting the outdoors closer to where I could grab Starbs after to warm up. Here are the top walks around the city.

This Spotify campaign is hilarious + smart. I wonder what my Spotify data would say about me… probably something about listening to punk covers of Christmas songs year round.

Whoever says that animals don’t have personality is so incredibly wrong. Check out these adorable puppers in a photo booth.

What are you all up to this weekend? Anyone else decorating?

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