Good morning everyone! Krista and I had such a fabulous time at the WedLuxe show and can’t wait to share the images and trends with you.

As you know, Krista was engaged over Christmas so she will be sharing a post every other Monday to talk about her wedding planning process.

Today is the first post! xoxo, Melissa

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When David and I got engaged, I think I surprised everyone by not immediately heading out to buy bridal magazines or calling venues. My hidden issue of Martha Stewart Weddings remained stashed away in my bottom dresser drawer. The not-so-secret internet bookmark file of wedding stuff went ignored.

The excitement (and shock) was so consuming, I was content to be spreading the news and celebrating with friends and family. Planning the greatest party ever was the furthest thing from my mind. In fact, when David’s grandmother was the first to ask, “Have you set a date yet?” I just turned and stared blankly at my new fiance.

It was then that it dawned on me, “Oh yea, there’s a wedding to plan!”

We wanted to enjoy the new-ness of our engagement and get through the holiday festivities first, so we agreed not to begin really planning until the new year. I say “really” because while there haven’t been any big decisions made there have been a few casual conversations and a night of exploring blogs to make sure we were on the same page.

2012 is here now,
so let’s get this show on the road.

Growing up, most girls imagine their wedding day long before they meet their groom. In that respect, I’m no different. With a professional event planner for a mother, I probably daydreamed about my own wedding more than most. Occasionally, it was the topic of conversation over campfires on family vacations or long car rides. Mom and I kept mental notes and I stored away finds on the computer.

Nowadays my mom is Director of Design for an award-winning event company and takes care of her own interior design and wedding clients as well. I’m very fortunate to have such an experienced professional in my immediate family. I often consult her for help when it comes to decorating our home, and now she’ll definitely be an integral part of our wedding planning.

There’s still a ton of work to do and many decisions to make but here’s what we know so far…

We’re still working on a guest list with our parents, it’s likely to be about 150 or more. (Yikes!) It’s important to have a rough number in order to pick a venue that will fit all of your guests.

Most likely an outdoor ceremony, followed by a reception indoors with a sit down meal and lots of dancing. Our guests, young and old, love to party.

No specific date set just yet, but it will most likely be in the spring of 2013. Seems like a long way off to me, the most impatient person in the world, but we already have several weddings to attend this year and there’s no need to rush.

No destination wedding for this pair, we would like a party close to home so that all of our friends and family can attend. The wedding will be most likely in the town where we live, in Ontario. Pretty sure about the venue, but you’ll have to wait for more details on that one.

Let the picking, choosing, shopping, stressing, testing and planning can begin!
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