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Wedding Planning Q&A


Planning our wedding was a huge project. As someone who loves to stay organized, I had a special folder for bookmarking resources, Google Documents/Spreadsheets for compiling details, and an abundance of pins on my Pinterest. One of the most helpful tools was reading stories of actual weddings and gathering advice from other married couples about their experience.

A few weeks ago, Stephanie from Borrowed & Blue, the online planning resource for San Francisco weddings, came to me to ask all about my wedding planning experience. In case this helps for others planning a wedding, I decided to participate and take some time to answer Stephanie’s questions.

Here’s my Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:

1. Describe your wedding in six words.
Dreamy, woodsy, Californian, adventurous, casual, “us”

2. What was your favorite detail from your wedding day?
The combination of place and people. Many of our guests traveled from out-of-town and out-of-country, so we wanted to make our wedding weekend feel like a mini California nature getaway.

3. What is the moment that sticks out in your memory the most from that day?
The moment I stood in the middle of the redwood tree circle next to my husband-to-be and looked at the faces of all the people I love gathered in one place. It was just the best, most overwhelming moment.

4. If you could go back and do your wedding over again, what would you change? What would you absolutely keep the same?
I would hire a videographer! I would love to see a replay of our first song (we sang a duet in lieu of the first dance) and moments we may have missed in-person. I would keep everything else the same.

5. What was the most fun part of planning your wedding?
We planted tiny succulent cuttings in our garden several months before the wedding. They grew to be humongous, and perfect California-inspired table centerpieces at the wedding reception.

6. The most stressful part?
The most stressful part was managing our abundance of creative ideas and finalizing the guest list. We wanted to invite everyone and we also had lots of fun DIY project ideas we got excited about. Thankfully, we scrapped our stop-motion video for the save-the-date, but did successfully design a 3D wedding invitation, bottled homemade hot sauces as wedding favors, and made our own centerpieces.

7. What do you wish you would have known before you started planning your wedding?
I wish I had realized holiday weekends tend to be quite expensive for flights, especially to a major city like San Francisco.

8. Which of your wedding vendors would you recommend to other couples getting married around Santa Cruz? What was great about them?
For others interested in simple DIY floral arrangement, Boulder Creek Flowers has great wholesale options for flowers. Our venue Pema Osel Ling included accommodations, a wonderful day-of coordinator, and catering services.

9. What advice do you have for couples just getting engaged?
Before you start budgeting and shopping for vendors, take some time to yourself and jot down the top 3-5 things that truly matter to you. Ask your fiance and both parents to do the same. It’s easy to get overwhelmed looking at gorgeous wedding photos on Pinterest and reading about the latest wedding trends or core traditions. Focus on what really matters.

Thanks again to Borrowed & Blue for reaching out!

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    April 13, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Oh, this is lovely! I really adored the pictures of your wedding, and this is only inspiration for when/if such a day once comes for me or one of my best friends.
    The thought of a videographer never crossed my mind, but I really like the idea now.

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