12/15 Real Bride Valerie: Wedding Planning During the Holidaze

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewI love the holidays as much, if not more, than anyone, but wedding planning during the holidays makes for one overwhelmed BAB. We’re 10 months out, and there are things that really need to be decided upon. Save the dates? I do realize they need to go out in about six weeks and I’m DIY-ing them, but for strictly chronological reasons, I need to drop that and start thinking Christmas cards. Booking that photographer? Nope. He can’t meet now because he’s leaving to go back home to Montana for the holidays and won’t be back until January. Registry? I’m so mentally exhausted from working on a computer all day and online shopping for holiday gifts that the (super fun!) idea of completing an online registry has me ready to toss my computer out the window.

I think I’ve convinced myself that it might be best to drop all wedding activities until after the holidays. As the consummate planner and organizer, it’ll never truly get shut down, but I think I do need to stop and not let the holidays completely fly by with the impending doom of our ever-growing wedding planning to-do list. I can’t seem to get anything done, and no one else is getting anything else done either, so no need to worry about the next bride swooping in on our potential photographer or florist.

With that being said — I’m happy to share a bit of what I have gotten done. I just purchased our website URL. If you recall, I am in the web development industry, so a website and web URL that follows industry best practices was a bit of a necessity for me. Now that we have the URL, I was also able to purchase this rubber stamp for our save the dates from Etsy.


Vintage Typewriter Stamp Design from Etsy seller LoveToCreateStamps

One thing I am hoping to complete before the end of the year is to have a few different layouts for our save the dates completed for my fiance to choose from. With a few days off of work here and there, I’m thinking I can at least take care of that. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you all (hopefully) the next time you hear from me!

Also: the dress has been purchased. I can’t go into any detail since there are wandering eyes on my blog posts, but I will tell you I found an amazing ivory Maggie Sottero dress. I had been keeping an eye out for discounted events or other special deals, and I came across a bridal salon offering quite a large percentage off a dress if we brought in 20 non-perishables for the Hunger Task Force. So not only did I get an amazing deal on the perfect dress, but I felt like I helped some people in need as well. Win/win.

Back to the holidays: Are other BABs struggling with balancing the craziness of the season with things they simply need to get done?

Valerie Bruce is a Real Bride Contributor for The Broke-Ass Bride. Shameless Wisconsinite, die-hard Packers fan, and forever Milwaukee-proud. Content Strategist, Fitbit-er, and a super slow, yet persevering, runner. Oxford comma enforcer and crafter extraordinaire. Eater, quasi-chef, and food Tweeter. Tweet along @eatinginmke.