Plan the Day of Your Dreams


Most girls, whether we admit it or not, have dreamed of our wedding day for as long as we can remember. My niece and I use to plan weddings in my backyard and take turns walking down the aisle with our Mr. Teddy and Eli the Elephant. Once we even tried to talk my big brother into marrying us but he didn’t accept the proposal. My wedding planning continued into my junior high and high school days when I created my “Dream Wedding Journal”. I cut out pictures of venues, flowers, wedding dress, and even stuck a few pictures of my now Hubby in there -yep, dreams really do come true! Let’s just say I knew what I wanted and when my day finally came I was prepared to make it happen. Planning my dream wedding in a journal and actually planning one in real life were a little different. Every Bride hopes their special day will go exactly as planned. I learned a few things along the way and hope to share a few pointers on how to stick to your plan and make sure your day goes just as you have dreamed.

Decisions, Decisions!

There are so many decisions to make when planning your wedding. Indoors or outdoors? 30 invites or 300 invites? Cake or cupcakes? DJ or iPod? Husband A or Husband B? It’s important to remember to stick with what you like. If you have always dreamed of a small, traditional wedding outdoors in the Fall, stick with it and start planning! There are a lot of great tools for helping with all the decisions. A few of my favorites are The Knot, Wedding Wire , and of course Pinterest! Autumn Oaks has great  wedding planning ideas on our Pinterest boards!

Weigh your Options

Another important step in planning your day is scheduling interviews and tours to check out your options. Who doesn’t want to spend a day tasting delicious cakes or menus from different caterers? Meet with a few photographers and decide which one best understands what you are wanting. Look at a few of your venue options. Although I am confident Autumn Oaks will be your favorite venue for an indoor or outdoor wedding.

Breathe and Enjoy

Last but not least remember to enjoy this time and take it all in. Planning my wedding with my Mom is one of my favorite memories! Remember that this is something you only get to do once in a lifetime. It is a day to share with all of those you love as you start a new chapter in your life. The color scheme, the cake, your dress, etc. all seem like a big deal, but the most important part of the day is sharing the love you have for your spouse with all of those who love you most.

Planning can definitely be a little stressful at times. Just remember to stick with the dream day you have planned and go from there. Take a break, breathe and remember at the end of the day it’s all about the Mr. and Mrs.

Our Autumn Oaks team is currently working on our list of preferred vendors to share with you. Be sure to keep up with our blog and Facebook for individual stories on the vendors. We are putting a lot of effort into interviewing vendors that we trust will add to your special day!

Posted by Caitlan Thornberry