Well, this little slice of the blog world is about to transition a bit into a wedding planning blog of sorts.   That is kind of fitting considering the first blog I ever read was The Preppy Wedding before it became the preppy baby blog, and boy did that ever start a frenzy of blog reading and subscribing!

I hope to be able to document my planning ups and downs here and most importantly,  get your feedback!!  I would love to hear from everyone who has ever been married to tell me what they loved most about planning, or wish they could have done over, or any good bits of advice!

So, I have 355 days to go and the planning is already taking off.  It actually started last Monday, a mere 48 hours after our engagement when the Tar Heel and I waltzed our way into some of the best venues Wilmington, NC has to offer.  We honestly thought we might put down a deposit at any one of the three of our top venue choices that very day!  How crazy naive we were.  Maybe we were still living in a haze of happiness from the engagement.  Either way, we quickly left with a packet of information from each place and the idea of: “WOW that is more expensive than we thought it would be”.  But we are looking at all the options now and trying to come up with our next step. In fact, we may or may not have most definitely DID googled the phrase, “Engaged, now what?” :)

Which brings me to my first question for you lovely blog readers.  What books, online resources or other sources of information did you find to be most helpful with planning your wedding?  Did you make your own binder or “planner” and if so, did you have  a creative and very helpful way of organizing it?  Right now I have a binder with a calendar from July 2010-July 2011 and a few sections like Location, Attire, Meal, Video/Photo, and Misc.  But I am finding I spend most of my time in excel using worksheets my Lil, Southern Sunshine (And Bride-to-be this WEEKEND!)sent me. So a paper based binder may not be what I need.

Please feel free to leave a comment with any good ideas you may have.  If you would prefer to email me you may do so at statelylady08 at gmail dot com.

YAY! Let the wedding planning commence!

Amazing pictures above by WithaK Photography, by Kristen Williams.  Click on the link to go to the WithaK Photo facebook page and become a fan.  You can see the rest of her shots from our engagement shoot there, too!