Joyful Wedding Planning!

March 1, 2012

I am stoked to introduce you all to Mackenzie! She is a wonderful friend and a talented woman. She has one of the busiest schedules I know, yet she is having the time of her life planning her wedding (she is also the one who created these adorable bridesmaids gifts). If you are at all like me, planning multiple things at once can be stressful…but this girl gets it! I asked her to share a bit about her joy, check out what she has to say~

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My name is Mackenzie and I have been engaged now for 3 months. My fiancé and I have been dating a little over 4 years. Last week I got an email from the knot, because they send me many MANY emails about my wedding, telling me my wedding is in 6 months. Hard to believe it’s already been 3 months of being engaged! August 25th, 2012 is the day I will marry my best friend. I am so excited for marriage. And I am also excited about my wedding.


When I tell people that I love planning my wedding, I usually get a reaction that surprised. People usually respond with, “Well good for you.” For whatever reason there is an attitude about wedding planning that is inviting brides to stress out. Check Lists, to-do calendars, software for budgeting, DIY projects galore, every possible type of wedding-idea generating Must-See website! The wedding industry is crazy. Is it normal to be a bridezilla? Why is it hard to enjoy planning a wedding?

I will confess that I have been a closet wedding blog lover for a long time, far beyond the point of being ready to plan a wedding myself. I love the details, the photography, the colors, the dress. I love weddings.

I am not one of those brides who had their whole wedding planned out. I knew a girl who planned her whole wedding in four days. Four days! Not me. But getting to plan my big day has come much more naturally than I would have thought. I am generally very indecisive when it comes to shopping for things. My friends joke about going shopping with me because I usually need to see all my options before I can commit to buying something. For whatever reason I have been super decisive with my wedding! It doesn’t make sense.

Here is my secret. The real joy of planning my wedding has come in knowing my fiancé well, and planning a day for the two of us that we will look back on and say, “That was so us.” I want it to describe the two of us, who we are together well. It is the sole reason I think it has been such a blast for me.

My fiancé cares little about the color schemes and the types of flowers and cake we will eat. I try to include him, update him, and give him a voice the best I can. I pick things that ‘fit’ the two of us. Then he gets excited about it too. We are having a burger bar at the reception, because we love burgers. We are getting married in the heart of Fort Collins, because we love this little town. We are going for a more casual fun wedding that is still classy with good taste. Because we want our wedding to be remembered not in how beautiful the decoration was but by how fun the dance party was.


How is wedding planning going for you? What are things that keep you from enjoying it? There is never going to be another time like this in our lives. I wont let my mom stress me out, or the month-to-month checklist loom over me and take my joy. On my wedding I want only to enjoy it, and I want only to enjoy getting there too.  Thriving!


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