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  1. Kat @ Sneakers & Fingerpaints
    August 6, 2012

    My only advise: if people offer to help (and you’re ok with it) take it! I needed so many little things done before we flew out for our wedding and if friends didn’t help with some little odds and ends I would have missed a lot!

  2. Erin @ erinberries
    August 6, 2012

    Wow, you have a lot done already! πŸ™‚ I always keep an excel spreadsheet of everything with their prices when planning a big event. That way I can track it and make sure I’m still within budget.
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  3. Carolyn
    August 6, 2012

    Have you gotten on the Nest message board? I had great success with chatting all things wedding with ladies during my planning process. I’m not sure what message board you would use for where you are having your wedding, but definitely reach out if you haven’t.

    You have plenty of time. πŸ™‚

  4. Angela
    August 6, 2012

    Wow! I’m getting married in six weeks and you have a ton more done than I do. I think you’re doing a great job!

    • lynne @lgsmash
      August 6, 2012

      My wedding is at the end of the month and I agree – kudos to you Meghann!

      Also – like you said about Twitter, I’ve found better success asking friends and family for vendor recs than looking at The Knot. The Knot stresses me out (and I hate that it tells me how many days left!) so I stopped using it shortly after logging on.

      Good luck with the rest of your planning!
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  5. Corrie @ Blurb Column
    August 6, 2012

    My advice, which I (hope) am sure you have heard before is to remember that it isn’t all about the “wedding” but about the marriage that comes after. I got married 15 years ago this september. Hubby and I were talking about it just this weekend (the wedding) and honestly, all the “stuff” you think you need for your “dream” wedding…it just isn’t important 5, 10, 15, 30 years later. Sure, it might be nice and fun to have that big, perfect wedding, but just remember a “room full of wedding stuff” isn’t what it is all about. You have a home full of love and that is the important bit.
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  6. Miranda @ Biting Life
    August 6, 2012

    I love your thoughts at the end of this post. It’s so important to remember that this is your guys’ day to celebrate with your families, and that’s really the only thing that matters.

    Sounds like you have lots of stuff done! I’m pretty sure those other brides are crazy πŸ˜‰
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  7. Sarah @ The Strength of Faith
    August 6, 2012

    Aww, I wish I lived closer – I would love to be your officiant. I love doing weddings. πŸ™‚ Have you thought about having someone close to you get “ordained” on the internet for the day? Some of my favorite weddings have been the ones of people I am close with. The ceremonies are always so much more personal.
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  8. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    August 6, 2012

    I think taking all advice with a grain of salt is a great way to go about it, I’ve only been to a few weddings but each was done completely differently because that’s what worked for the couple!
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  9. Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete
    August 6, 2012

    I laugh everytime I see your list with the officiant being “iffy”. Is it a bad sign when your officiant has “commitment issues”? Hehe.
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  10. Susan
    August 6, 2012

    Looks like you are on track! Your priorities sound right to me- what matters is your marriage and life ahead!

  11. Melissa
    August 6, 2012

    Talk to friends or to your venue. We found our DJ off of our venue’s recommended list and found out he’d been referred by our venue for 19 years!
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  12. Jessica
    August 6, 2012

    Here is a DJ (Jesus Marin) that I highly recommend. I have heard his work and have known him for years… extremely talented. Find him here: http://www.facebook.com/jesus.marin.184
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  13. Amanda
    August 6, 2012

    It really is YOUR wedding, do what makes you happy. I agree: the knot sucks. In the beginning I asked lots of questions and talked to people at work. The problem is that people start telling you what THEY think you should do and how they think weddings are such a waste of money. I stopped asking people and stopped talking about my wedding plans at work. Too much negativity. They’re not invited anyways! So yeah. Do what makes you happy, if people don’t like it that’s just too bad.

    That’s a heck of a to do list!

  14. Kim
    August 7, 2012

    Have you joined http://www.weddingbee.com? I got lots of inspiration for my wedding from it and it’s not as messy as The Knot. It’s pretty addictive though! :]

    • Aneta
      August 8, 2012

      I think Wedding Bee is the best wedding website. much better than The Knot or any others! try it out!

  15. Melanie
    August 7, 2012

    Are you doing welcome bags for guests in the hotel(s)? We put those together about a week out and got most of the stuff at costco.

  16. Chickie
    August 7, 2012

    Looks great! Just a grammar correction, it’s “the same person WHO did the hair” not “the same person THAT did the hair.” I would look up this concept that will take your understanding of writing to another level!

  17. Sarah
    August 7, 2012

    I agree with the previous posters – the wedding is really about life after that one day.

    I got super frustrated when I was planning my wedding – there were all these extra things I saw other brides doing on the “The Knot” and I wasn’t doing any of them. Some of the extras cost a lot of money and do people even remember them later on? We got engaged in February and married in October. I did that on purpose because we had been together for 5 years and I just wanted to be married! I didn’t want to have a long time to plan because I thought that I would just have an excuse to change my mind a million times.

    Don’t ever feel bad for your choices or let anyone make you feel that you’re not doing the right thing. The day is for you and your hubby.

  18. Aneta
    August 7, 2012

    check out this website for shoes. this is where i found my blue wedding shoes!
    http://www.zappos.com/

  19. Lara
    August 7, 2012

    Hey Meghann

    I’ve read your blog for a long time now, but have never commented. But your post had me remembering EXACTLY how wedding planning felt – overwhelming sometimes!

    As for finding vendors … I almost exclusively went with vendors that were recommended from friends or family or friends of friends and (nearly) everything turned out perfect. Even if I found someone I liked and they weren’t recommended via a friend, I asked for feedback/reviews on Facebook since it seemed like EVERYONE I knew was getting married, someone was bound to know something about a potential vendor.

    I agree with past posters … stay off the Knot. I also was not a big fan and yes, a lot of vendors pay a lot of money to be on there. Some are wonderful and some … not so much.

    Lastly, I noticed you said you were looking online at invitations. Not saying this just to plug my shop, but I sell invitations on Etsy (on the side, I have a full time day job) if you want to take look. Not sure if they are what you are looking for or not … if not, there are so many other great sellers on Etsy that I would highly recommend that route.

    Good luck and remember to HAVE FUN!
    Lara
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  20. Kristi
    August 7, 2012

    I’ve been meaning to ask if you have heard the song “January Wedding” by the Avett Brothers. I know that music preference is a really personal thing, but it seems a little bit country/rustic – it might go along with your vision for wedding.

    • Meghann
      August 7, 2012

      I had not! Thanks for sending that link – LOVE it! πŸ™‚

  21. Madeline
    August 7, 2012

    I got married exactly one month ago today (crazy!) and I think my biggest piece of advice is to not compare yourself and your plans to anyone elses. We planned our wedding in 6 months and it was perfect. I loved every moment and wouldn’t have done anything differently. During our planning I would panic when I’d read posts on wedding websites about the hours and hours other brides would spend DIYing every little detail or spending extra money on extras every wedding “must” have. What REALLY matters is that you and Derek have the wedding you guys want and what best reflects you as a couple!
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