Week 6 is over! Only one month until our wedding!
Michael was out of town for work again, but he is normally always home on the weekends so I get to see him really soon! We got a lot done this week again though. One thing I really wanted to talk about is combating any potential stress by keeping things fun! Hence the below picture. Just be silly with each other. There is honestly no need to be so caught up in wedding plans that you forget the real reason for everything you’re doing. You’re getting married to the love of your life – you should have fun in the process! It also helps to have an amazing coordinator at The Joseph Smith Memorial Building who tells me it is her job to worry about things, not mine. But remember that everything probably isn’t going to be 100% perfectly how you imagined it, and that’s ok. You can get things pretty darn close to perfect and get everything to feel the way you want, but remember to be flexible. I had a good friend tell me just today this wonderful advice, “The more flexible you are, the happier you’ll be”. I believe that to be true. Enjoy the ride and don’t let the little things ruin anything for you. This is you and your sweetheart’s big day – it’s going to be amazing no matter what because YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED! That’s what is most important. So get some sleep, have fun and be happy!
The below video recaps the highlights of our week with some fun pictures! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and check out the bullet point list below the video. Enjoy!
- Dress fitting scheduled (December 14th – you need AT LEAST 3 weeks before your wedding to get fitted, get the alterations done and then try it on again to make sure everything fits just right)
- Final proofing of invitations
- Michael got sized for his ring (I’m working on getting him one now )
- Honeymoon booked! (We’re going to the Bahamas on a cruise!!! So excited!!!)
- Booked wedding videographer – Nathan Pickett
- Gathered all addresses from friends and family (figure out which ones need the sealing (wedding ceremony) invite and wedding dinner invite)
- More Pinterest to figure out how I should do my makeup
- Figure out signage and quotes for the reception
- Figure out which pictures to print for the reception (my sister is printing a few for my bridal shower that I can use at the reception as well)
- Talked to our bishops for advice on preparing for marriage (I would definitely encourage anyone to talk to their ecclesiastical leader if you are of a religious affiliation, or family members on preparing for not only the wedding day, but marriage in general – it is very helpful because this is a HUGE step and change in both of your lives, it’s good to hear what others have to say about it)
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Michael was out of town again this week for work. I’m glad he has a good job – I just wish they wouldn’t have picked during the holidays to be super busy and send all the engineers out of town every week, but we’ll roll with it. What else can we do?
We got a lot done this week though. I finalized a lot more with our coordinator and continued staying organized with check lists and calendars (such a life saver – you’ll see some of this in the video). Michael and I try to keep each other up to speed on everything throughout the week. We’re still looking into a honeymoon location, but we definitely want to try and find a nice cruise somewhere. I’m also still struggling finding some shoes for my dress. I have to find them soon so I can get my dress hemmed to the right length. But everything is still going really well.
We also had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our families! Figuring out how to work the holiday situation with two different families is rough because you want to spend a lot of time with each family. We’ve been thinking a lot about this and how to do all the holidays and even Sundays. It’s definitely a new adventure to figure this out with two local families, but it’s fun! I love having even more wonderful people to celebrate with! This year we had Thanksgiving dinner with my family and dessert with his family. We spent a good chunk of time at each place so it worked out great! Christmas will be nice too because Michael’s family does a big celebration on Christmas Eve and my family does ours on Christmas day, so that couldn’t be more perfect – all the fun things you need to think about as you get married
Check out the video below to see highlights of this week. 1-4:22 minutes talks about calendaring and checklists (awesome tips) and minutes 4:23-14:20 is a new conversation with our awesome coordinator, Chris!
Also, as usual, below the video you’ll find a bullet point list of EVERYTHING we did this week. Check it out! Have fun!
- More registering on Amazon.com
- Michael’s mom finalized the wedding dinner reservations (Tucanos! Michael’s brother did his wedding dinner there and they really liked it)
- Working on compiling our list of those to attend the wedding dinner
- We sent out our Google form on Facebook to compile addresses and it is working like a charm!! (we need to get the total number to our printer when we give the invitation design files to him next week)
- We’ve narrowed down our engagement pictures to 5 we really like and Tammy gave us two drafts of our invitations. We’re waiting on the second drafts to see how they turn out! She’s doing amazing! )
- Decided on meeting with our baker for the cake after Thanksgiving
- Made my hair appointment for the big day! (My sweet hair lady that I’ve known since I was about 5 is going to do my do for me.
- Michael has been working on looking into locations for our honeymoon (we’re looking into a cruise )
- Michael will be putting together our video for our display at the reception
- Talked with my coordinator again and changed up some things with linens. We also finalized more with the set-up (how many tables, placement of tables, placement of our line, possible food, etc…) (p.s. we’ve decided we’re just going to have Michael and I in our line so our families can mingle and rest whenever they want)
- Talked for two seconds with Colleen from Flowers Squared since I found a napkin at the Garden Restaurant that is the EXACT orange color I’m looking for to use in my flowers! Colleen found an awesome rose in that color!
- Working on finding me some shoes to wear with my dress! (I need to find them quick so I can get my dress altered to the right length soon)
- Working on getting Michael’s ring
- Finalized the color and type of ties for all of the boys
Wow…this week has been amazing, and crazy, and fun, and super productive!
If you were to ask me what my biggest accomplishment was this week, I’d tell you I FOUND MY DRESS – finally! 4 dress shops later and much debating over pricing, but I found what I love! There were several dresses that I really liked so kind of hard to choose, but I found one I wouldn’t have to alter too much and it is pretty much everything I’ve been looking for! My sweet mom and sister reminded me I will only get married once, so I should get a dress I really love – after all, I’ll be in that dress all day and it will be in every single picture. “Well”, I thought, “That make sense to me.” So I purchased my dress! Now I just need to find my shoes and then I can go in for my fitting and get marked for alterations!
I met up with Michael later that day and we spent some time registering. Ok, seriously, it is so much fun figuring out what we want in our home! It was fun to see that we have similar tastes. We went to Bed Bath & Beyond and did the scanning thing. It was Awesome! Below are some pics.
We are also registered on Amazon.com, but we haven’t finished that registration yet. We decided to get more of the linen and accessories (towels, bedding, oven mitts, bathroom rack thing, etc…) at Bed Bath & Beyond and then we’re getting everything else on Amazon.com. FYI: so Michael is a genius for thinking to register on Amazon because when you register there you’re guests can just purchase an item and it gets shipped directly to your house with no shipping costs! How convenient is that? We were glad to go to Bed Bath and Beyond for our more linen items though because we could physically touch the fabrics and see if we liked them, but Amazon is great for everything else.
This week I also met with my fabulous wedding event coordinator, Chris. She is so much fun! I’m amazed at the details she considers and her expertise in EVERYTHING in the world of wedding receptions. It’s amazing to me that she will help me with all of my reception planning. From the lighting in the room to the color of napkins on the tables to helping me go through my list of guests and figuring out how many to plan for – best investment I’ve ever made, and she doesn’t even cost me anything!! I get her help for free just by booking my event here in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. She seriously takes a load of worry off my mind because I know that she knows what she’s doing and she’ll make sure to make mine and Michael’s reception exactly what we’ve been hoping for. Most of the below video is my conversation with Chris. She gives some great advice and ideas, so check it out! (Just try to ignore the fact that my ear is poking through my hair ha ha…I hate that. Oh well, such is life)
And as usual, you’ll find a list of things we did this week underneath the video. Enjoy!
- Found my dress!!
- Had lunch with my best girl friends to celebrate my engagement
- Did our registry at Bed Bath & Beyond (we still need to finish our registry on Amazon.com)
- Talked with my coordinator, Chris, in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (figuring out colors, tables, placement of things at the reception and so forth)
- Narrowed down engagement pictures to about 20 favorites (we need to pick the finals soon!!)
- Looked for wedding dinner location
- Some of the sisters (Michael’s and mine) have gotten their mint dresses – super cute!!
- Michael’s mom found some mint ties for the boys
- My mom and sister have been prepping for the fam bridal shower
- Finished our Google Docs form to compile addresses (we’re sending this out via Facebook tonight)
- Our moms are helping compile our family addresses
- Michael has been out of town for work again, but he was home in Salt Lake for a few hours in between trips so we went out to dinner together.
- Figured out accommodations for some of my family traveling a little bit further for the wedding (my sisters kids need a nap in between the wedding and the reception so they’ll be staying at Michael’s home)
- We also decided on the different items that need to be included in the envelope with the invitations we send our guests. Some of these include: invite to the sealing (for those we’re inviting), invite to the wedding dinner (for those we’re inviting), To-do’s in Salt Lake and Temple Square (for those coming to the sealing and have a few hours to kill before the reception)
So let me just tell you how much I’ve loved this week… A LOT!
We started it off getting our engagement pictures. So much fun! One of my very good friends (Kara) did these for us and it was an absolute blast. We went to a gorgeous park that Kara’s family owns which is tucked back in the woods. This brought back a flood of memories as I remembered playing at this place several times when my friends and I were younger. Such a beautiful place with trees, swings, a pond, canoes and wide open fields all around. Michael and I had a blast as we posed in different areas with different props. We’ve highlighted just a little bit of the photo shoot in the video below, but it will be fun to show more of the pictures when we get them.
I also went dress shopping with my cute mom and sister. It was so much fun! We took a Saturday and hit a few shops. I didn’t want to put any pictures on here because I didn’t want Michael to see me in any dresses until the big day, but I did find out I LOVE lace, the Queen Anne neck line or the sweetheart, not too full but a nice A-line and I love a long train. So we’ll see what I end up getting!! I’ll probably do a little sneak peak when we get closer to January.
But check out the video below for a little more info on what we did this week! Also, make sure to see the list below of everything as well. Wow! A lot to do still, but we’re rollin.
Side note: I loved reading this article. Definitely applicable during this crazy time of planning a wedding and the holidays coming up. We want to focus on what is most important, and this was a great reminder: Brideandgroom.com
- Dress shopping with my mom and sister! So fun!
- Engagement pictures
- Solidified guest list for ceremony
- Discussed honeymoon location
- Discussed food options for reception
- Booked photographer for the wedding day (Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen – my all time favorite professional photographer!)
- Booked graphic designer for invitations (My good friend and co-worker, Tammy. I would definitely suggest having a skilled friend do this so it can be unique and still maintain a good quality.)
- Family and friend bridal showers scheduled
- Help girls in the family pick their dresses (everyone got a cute mint green dress and the moms will be in orange)
- Listen to Pandora all the time for wedding music ideas – I have 2 stations, one called love songs on the radio and the other is wedding songs on the radio. Of course I listen to my regular love – country music – poor Michael, he hates country music. But he said it’ll be fine, followed by the fact that I’m lucky he loves me that much ha ha.
- Met with my coordinator at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for a minute (p.s. you get a FREE coordinator to help you plan your wedding at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building! Can I just say, AMAZING!! So grateful because I have no idea how to focus all of mine and Michael’s style into a cohesive feel and look at a wedding event. We definitely need all the help we can get.)
- Met with Flowers Squared ( I learned a ton! I found out I kind of jumped the gun with this and they gave me some pointers to figure out our style and theme a little more. Can’t wait to delve in further. They’re going to start thinking of ideas though. I gave them a fun idea of a marshmallow back drop by the hot chocolate that I saw on Pinterest and now they are playing around with the idea of incorporating marshmallows in more of the decor! Can’t wait to see what they come up with! Sounds so fun!!)
- Started our registry with Amazon.com (we’ll also be going out to Bed, Bath & Beyond next week)
- Stayed organized with our Google Docs, Wedding Wire check lists and personal calendars
- One day we just played because we felt like we hadn’t just gone out and played for a while! Definitely a good idea! I don’t care how stressed you are, you need to play sometimes. In fact, when you are extremely stressed is probably when you should take a moment to just play and relax.
What an adventure so far!
Our second week has been a lot of fun – minus Michael was gone for work… again. But he shows up at the end of this video, so check it out! This week we’ve set a lot of appointments, gotten more organized with our calendaring and planning, prepared for engagement pictures, and more.
The video below just highlights some of the things we’ve done this week, but below you’ll find a convenient bullet-point overview of everything we’ve done so far (including things from our first week). Some of our viewers have requested we do this and we thought it was a great idea. Thanks for the feedback!
Week Overviews (these are just what Michael and I are personally using – there may be other great options out there. If you know of some, we’d love to hear! )
- Tell your family and friends you’re engaged
- Take time to soak in the fact that YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!
- Set date with Temple for our marriage – January 10, 2014!!
- Talk to EVERYONE you know that has ever planned a wedding, knows anyone in the wedding business and/or whom is in the wedding business themselves. You’ll find some great pointers and maybe even some deals!
- Ask for help from family and friends to search for things you know you need (ex: mom called dress shops)
- Look for checklists online that can help you in your wedding planning process
- Set budget
- Create Google docs to share with each other to compile budget, vendor, music info
- Picked out colors – Orange and Mint Green
- Found photographer for engagement pictures
- Found a friend to design invitations and print them
- Have a Pinterest party every day to find things for the big day! (lunch breaks work great for this)
- Set appointment with wedding event coordinator at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building
- Booked Sharon/Manchester room at Joseph Smith Memorial Building for reception
- Start considering menu options
- Set appointment with Flowers Squared
- Set appointments with dress shops
- Tell family the colors to wear at the reception so they can start looking for their clothes
- Use any spare time to research and plan (lunch breaks are a HUGE time for this)
- Create Google address list compiler form from Google.com/weddings
- Use checklist from Weddingwire.com to make sure you’re on track with getting everything done in time
- Keep track of budget and vendors on our shared Google docs
- Put appointments and to-dos in your personal calendar. Using a digital calendar of some sort is nice because you’ll get notification reminders of when you need to start doing things. But really, any calendar is a MUST. You’ll never stay organized with out it.
- Solidify date, time, place with engagement photographer
- Pick out clothes for engagement pictures
We’re taking our engagement pictures tomorrow and I’m also going dress shopping, so check in with us on WEEK 3 to see how that goes!
FYI on invitations: We’ve heard from several people to send out invitations 3 weeks before your wedding, so we have to prepare for this by making sure pictures, printing, and stuffing the envelopes all happen within a reasonable amount of time to make this happen. This is how we’ve created our time table for picture taking.
I just got engaged to my best friend and I am way beyond excited!!
My name is Jessica Hunt and I’ve worked as the administrative/marketing assistant for Temple Square Hospitality for just over 3 years. The president of our corporation set me up on a blind date a year and a half ago with this cute, funny boy named Mike Doxey, and now he is my fiance!
We want to take you along for the ride as we plan our wedding at Temple Square in just 10 weeks!! The big day is January 10th and we have A LOT to do! We’re going to record all of our fun, crazy, stressful, exciting preparations and post them to this blog each week as a reference for those planning their own weddings at Temple Square, and/or for those who just want to see what this whole story is about.
Here at Temple Square Hospitality, we feel this story will be entertaining to follow and a nice insider into how Temple Square Hospitality can make your dream wedding come true. I’ve seen many couples get married and have their celebrations here in our venues, The Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Lion House, but I’ve never experienced it myself. I don’t fully know how the entire process works, but we’re about to find out. So we invite you to join us on this adventure!
Temple Square Hospitality provides the following services that Michael and I will be using: Joseph Smith Memorial Building Catering, Floral Department – Flowers Squared, Event Coordinators and of course, the actual venue: The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Check out the video below to see what we’ve been up to for our first week as an engaged couple. And don’t forget to read below how he proposed!
Michael is kind of a big sweetheart. He probably won’t like me professing that to the world, but… he’s out of town right now so there is nothing he can do about it. And plus, it’s true.
About a month ago we decided we wanted to get married. Yay! Of course I immediately told my mom and sister because I was so excited I couldn’t contain myself. Michael and I decided we’d wait to tell everyone else until we actually had a ring and made it official.
We went to the ring shop where he used to work and we told the owner what kind of ring we were thinking of purchasing. It was a pretty unique concept, but he said he could make anything we wanted. So then we just waited. and waited. and waited. and waited. It was SOOOO hard to not tell anyone we were getting married during this time, but we knew we wanted to wait for the ring.
Looking back now, I’m so glad we had a few weeks to just let things soak in. I decided I wasn’t going to take time to plan the wedding too much until we got the ring. Of course we talked a lot about getting married and what we both wanted, but we didn’t feel pressured to make decisions; it was just so nice to let it all soak in. I mean, this is probably the biggest decision in anyone’s life so it’s nice to just take time to think about things – what we want, what we’ll do, how we’ll handle certain situations, etc…
After about 3 weeks I was getting a little antsy to get things started. Michael would tease me all the time about that, but he totally felt the same way. Though we were grateful for the “soak-it-all-in” stage, we both felt that stage was well spent, so let’s get the show on the road! But we tried to be patient. We still had to wait for the ring.
On Saturday, October 26th, it was a gorgeous fall day. My sister had asked if I could bring mom over to her house to tend the kids. Sure. Nothing out of the ordinary. Michael was coming over around that same time so I asked if he’d be cool coming with me to drop her off. He was game for that.
We pulled up to my sisters house and 3 of her 4 kids came running out to greet us. I love those little munchkins! The oldest is 8, then the next is 6, the third 3 and the fourth just turned 1. They did their usual excited yells, “Grandma, Jessie, Michael!”. Then they did their more recent usual greetings, “Did Michael propose yet?”. ha ha…I was so used to this question that I didn’t think anything of it. I just explained he couldn’t propose yet because we didn’t have the ring. Then the 8 year-old, Megan, said, “Well, I think he should propose today.” I just laughed.
We got in the house and Megan said the same thing, “I think he should propose today. Right now.” The other kids were saying similar things. Michael asked the 3 year-old, Haley, “Well, what do you think, Haley?”. My ears perked up. Why was he egging them on? Wait a minute…Haley says, “Yeah!”. My heart leaped. Michael put Haley down and said, “OK”. I couldn’t believe it! He then pulled a box from his back pocket and knelt on one knee and said, “Jessie, will you marry me?”. I was so shocked he had the ring! Oh my goodness! The first thing out of my mouth was, “Michael Doxey!!” I was so surprised. “Yes! Of course!”, I exclaimed. I was so happy! We gave each other a huge hug and kiss. My family was all around taking pictures and making those happy “awe” noises in the background. Wow! What a surprise! He did good – real good. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I think he’s a keeper.
Are you looking for something unique to do at your wedding celebration? There’s a fun opportunity to twist things up during the traditional garter and bouquet toss.
The following idea would work for anyone, but especially if you find the majority of your guests are already married. Thanks to Ourmarriage.com for this fun idea! Check it out below.
We had a shortage of single men and women invited to our wedding, most of our friends and family were already married. So we needed to come up with something different to replace the traditional bouquet and garter throwing. We invited everyone to the dance floor and the dj played several lovely, slow songs. First the dj told all couples married two hours or less to sit down (everyone got a kick out of that) . Then a few moments later, any married a year or less, than five years, ten years and so on, until there was only one couple left. They were neighbors and friends of my family and had been married for fifty years. We asked them to stay on the dance floor while I took a seat and my husband made a big show of removing my garter. We then faced the winning couple, congratulated them on their fifty years and asked them for their best marriage advice as we presented them with the bouquet and garter. They were very touched and it gave us a great feeling too.
Planning a Winter Wedding? Check out this site for some wonderful ideas…If nothing else, it will get the wheels turning to help you come up with your own special ideas! www.bridalguide.com
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Have you ever considered if you need to tip any of the services helping you with your big day? Caterers? Florists? Reception Center? Hair Stylist? Most of us don’t know the ropes on tipping, so our good friends at Bride Access conducted a survey with wedding professionals to give you the insider on where tips are appreciated in the wonderful world of wedding planning. We had the privilege of being part of this survey, so check it out. There is a lot of great information to consider. Obviously these are just guidelines, but it is great to be aware of them.