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Plan Your Wedding in 12 Weeks!

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Maybe you’re engaged, you know you’re going to be engaged soon (fingers crossed!), or maybe you’re just in a serious relationship that could be headed toward marriage. No matter what stage of planning you’re in, this checklist could be for you.

Since we know that brides-to-be have a lot to do, from dress shopping, to cake tasting, to decorating and everything else, we wanted to make it a little easier. That’s why we created this 12 week wedding planning checklist: so that you can spend your time getting things done instead of thinking about what needs to be done.

The great thing about this checklist is that it’s applicable no matter how much time you have to plan. If you have four months, just stretch things out a little more, and if you have six weeks, speed it up. We’ve made sure to include every task we could think of when it comes to weddings, and we’ve included space for you to write in your own to-do’s just in case we forgot anything. So what are you waiting for? Get your free checklist today!

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Remembering Lost Loved Ones

Your wedding is a day to celebrate an exciting new union between you and your new spouse!

We often want our family and friends to be with us during this happy time, but in light of our recent recognition of Memorial Day, we realized that some of our close relatives or friends may have already passed on.

These are people who have helped to make you who you are today. They’ve played a significant role in your life and you may want to have their memories be a part of the creation of your new memories.

So, we did a little research and found that many people from all over the world have great ideas on how to incorporate memories of lost loved ones into a wedding day.

We love the idea of keeping it sweet, respectful and simple so as to only add to the happy celebrations of the day. Below are links to some of the great ideas we’ve found.

Pinterest

Wedding Wire

Hallmark

Let us know what you think, and if you have more ideas, please leave them in the comments below. Happy wedding planning!

 
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THE WEDDING DAY – Salt Lake Temple

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On our wedding day the weather held up (thankfully) so our guests could easily come celebrate with us without being caught in a blizzard, but it was beautiful outside as the clouds created a cozy atmosphere and fresh snow from the previous day was starting to melt – it made for a fun “Spring is on the way” tease. Our flowers from Flowers Squared were absolutely stunning! The floral team at Flowers Squared created a perfect combination with unique flowers that just blew me away when I saw my bouquet. Beautiful! Our friends and family were all there, which means the world to us! That was definitely the best part! :) Our reception turned out breathtaking – literally. I honestly walked in the room and couldn’t believe how the Joseph Smith Memorial Building was able to capture our personalities and ideas into a room even more amazing than we could have every dreamed! Wow! You’ll see pictures of the reception later as we’re just focusing on the temple in this blog post. :) Our videographer Nathan Pickett and photographer Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen (Liz) were so much fun and did such a great job! They were fabulous to work with! They made it so comfortable and easy! Check out some of the photos Liz took below. So happy with how they all turned out!! Love you all!!

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THE WEDDING DAY – SNEAK PEAK

Hello everybody!!

Jessica and Michael are enjoying some hubby & wife time in their honeymoon but we just couldn’t wait until she got back to tell you about her special day. They got married last week on Friday, January 10 in the Salt Lake Temple. The reception was on the 9th Floor of the beautiful Joseph Smith Memorial Building, in the Sharon/Manchester rooms.

I’m Jessica’s co-worker (the one who made her invitations, the one she talks about so fondly :) ). If you followed her “10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding” journey you might remember some of the details, but just in case, I’ll fill you in. Michael and Jess are a super fun couple so their reception couldn’t be anything less than that! Right from the beginning Jess knew her colors were going to be Orange and Mint Green which is pretty fun for a winter wedding. When she met with the talented Colleen from Flowers Squared to go over decoration and ideas for the reception, Colleen embraced what Jess had in mind and even made a theme out of it: “Winter with a Hope of Spring”. Like a good 21st century bride, Jess got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest (by the way, follow our Weddings at Temple Square profile for cool wedding ideas!) and she was excited to see that her pins came to life in a beautiful fashion.

I’ll let Jess talk more about her experience and how it was to see everything coming together, so for now I’ll just share some of my highlights and pictures I took at the reception:

1. Hot Chocolate Station

Pretty sweet feature! Delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows, home made whipped cream and crushed peppermint as topping options.

2. “Snow Falling” with Marshmallows

SO FUN! And it was beautiful too. Jess is very crafty and of course she wanted to do this on her own but the Flowers Squared angels took care of everything. I loved how they did it on the chandeliers as well.

3. Cabaret Tables

They had a reception so people were coming and going all the time. The room was set up with 10 round tables for 10 people and 3 cabaret tables by the windows for people who wanted to casually enjoy their hot chocolate. Very nice feeling and made room for the cute quotes that Jess and Michael made, which leads me to number 4…

4. Quotes, quotes, quotes!

I don’t know if you remember, but in one of the videos Jess mentioned a trip to the D.I to buy some old picture frames. They painted the frame white and the glass with chalkboard paint to write they favorite love quotes inside. It added a real personal touch to the decor, not just because they were handmade by the bride and groom, but because they love quotes! This is a great example that you can still be part of your wedding decoration process without overwhelming yourself! Pick one or two things to do and leave the rest to your wedding team. Let them spoil you (and we love doing that here at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building :) )

5. Centerpieces and Pictures

I loved the flowers colors, the arrangement and the fact that the glass cachepots were filled with nothing but.. marshmallows! So cute and subtle. The different heights of centerpieces across the room added to the ambience as well. As for another personal touch, Michael and Jess had one small picture frame for each table with a different picture of them on it. I like how they were everyday pictures of the couple, another unique way to add your personal touch (and a fun stress-free project for brides that like to be involved).

Jess will be back next week and she’ll post more about the reception. Thank you for being part of this journey!

-Tammy

 

Hot Chocolate Station + Marshmallows + Beautiful View = Perfection!

Hot Chocolate Station + Marshmallows + Beautiful View = Perfection!

 

Cabaret Table Decor

Round Tables Centerpiece 1

Round Tables Centerpiece 1

Marshmallows and View

Having fun with the camera

Front of the invitation

Front of the invitation

 

 

10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding-WEEK 10

Wow…The wedding is pretty much here! Wooooooo!!

We actually get married in one week from today, but this will be our last post because we won’t be posting the day we get married (we’ll be a little busy :) ). However, I’m having a co-worker post everything from the wedding day as soon as we get the pics and video, so definitely stay tuned for that. We can’t wait to show you how everything turns out – whether it’s all perfect or if some things fall through – we’re showing it all! In fact, our videographer, Nathan Picket, is going to be with us the ENTIRE day filming everything from morning preparations to the very end of the reception. So that will be fun to see how the whole wedding day plays out!

Below you’ll find some gems I’ve recently discovered, such as color trends and a cool 3 box organization system. And of course,  you’ll also find our video of the week, bullet point list of everything we’ve done and our vendor list. If you want to know anything else, we’re happy to tell. As for now, wish us luck on our new adventure!


 

Color Trends for Spring 2014:

If you are a trendy person, check out the trending colors for the upcoming Spring season from Pantone. This is a great source to see what they predict will be the most popular colors in the world of fashion – kind of fun to see and get a head start on these colors before anyone else grabs hold.

3 Box Organization System (Maybe 4 box):

3 boxes for organizing events

This 3 box system is working really well for us so I figured I’d share. We have 3 boxes – one box for wedding morning preparations (things we’ll need for the sealing/ceremony such as Michael’s ring, all of my jewelry, anything for pictures, etc…), one box for reception things (decor, signs, pictures, etc…), and one box for honeymoon packing (I’m packing everything because I’m moving into Michael’s home so this box is nice to keep all my honeymoon packing in one place before I put it in my suitcase). Michael just suggested we make a 4th box for the wedding dinner. We’ll need to bring a few things to that as well so it’s a good idea.

So far this box system is nice because we’ll have everything in it’s respective box ready for the proper event – this way we won’t have to dig through everything in one location to find what we need for that specific event. Here’s hoping it really works as well as I’m visualizing.

 

Reality and Stress:

Michael and I living the ritzy lifeMany people have told us we don’t seem too stressed about planning our wedding in the small time frame of only 10 weeks, and they’ve wondered if that is true or if that is just our portrayal on the blog. Well, here is the truth: we’re both pretty chill people so that helps us IMMENSELY right off the bat, but don’t discount the fact that we’ve definitely had our moments.

There is no doubt trying to figure everything out for a wedding can be overwhelming and at times a little frustrating. When things don’t work out in the proper time frame or they don’t turn out as perfect as you hoped, it can be a let down. BUT like I’ve said in so many words in past blogs: most of these things don’t even matter because the most important thing is going to happen (the marriage ceremony) and that is what makes us happy.

This little tid-bit of golden realization has been a lifesaver. Many friends and family have brought this to our attention several times. I can’t tell you what a relief it is when you think of it in this way. Any inkling of stress seems to become minimized – you come to realize this is going to be the best day ever no matter what! When you really start to believe this and implement it, you can literally start to feel some of the burdens lift off your shoulders. It’s an amazing feeling. But don’t get me wrong – all of the decorations and the thrills and frills are a wonderful part of your exciting celebrations. A huge help though is realizing that we WILL have enough time to get the MOST important things done. Backup and realize what I just said – we will have time to do the MOST IMPORTANT things. Make it a priority to sit down and list the things that are a must at your wedding. Really think about this. Sometimes we can get caught up thinking we NEED everything we’ve ever dreamed of, but don’t kill yourself trying to make this happen – it isn’t worth it. If you have the time and resources to do everything, then great! But if not, which is probably includes the majority of us, try to stay open to new ideas and/or alternatives. Work on those things that you really feel are necessary and then everything else can just be icing on the cake if you have time for them.

I’ve also mentioned before how important it is to just have fun and forget planning the wedding every once in a while. For some people this might make them more stressed, just because their personalities are more the type of needing to have it all figured out as soon as possible, but I would honestly encourage everyone to just stop, every so often. Michael reminds me of this a lot and I’m sooooo grateful!

 Realistic Expectations:

I’m just going to lay it out there – no one is perfect. Shocker, I know. Michael and I have an amazing relationship, but we both have our flaws and we both have our strengths and talents. It’s good to remember this and to be patient with each other and look for the good in each other. I had a friend once tell me, “When dating, keep both of your eyes wide open. When your married, keep both of your eyes half shut” – meaning, when looking for a companion look at EVERYTHING, the good and bad and figure out if you can really live with and want to be with this person forever, flaws and all. As my grandpa always says, “You’ll never find a perfect man, but find one with faults you can live with.” The second part of my friend’s comment means that when you do find your spouse, stop looking for their flaws – try to keep your eyes “half shut” so to say and realize you have your own short comings as well. OK, now granted, Michael and I have never been married so I’m sure this is much easier said than done, but I love all of this advice and I want to try to incorporate it into our relationship. As one of our ecclesiastical leaders said, “as long as you have the mentality to keep trying, that is what really matters”.

WEEK 10 – Everything We Accomplished This Week:

  • 2nd Wedding Dress fitting! It fits perfectly! I pick it up on Saturday!
  • Got adhesive fashion tape to keep my dress in the right places.
  • Hair cut and styling discussion with my lovely hair dresser, Lynette,  from Artistic Hair. Going with some curls and a fun pin-up on one side.
  • 4 boxes – 1 for wedding dinner materials, 1 for wedding day preparations (things I’ll need for the ceremony and morning of), 1 box for the reception things (decor, signs, etc…), 1 box for honeymoon packing.
  • Found Michael’s tux!! Woo just in the nick-of-time! They need a good week to do the adjustments so we barely have enough time!
  • Moving – I’ve moved most of my things to the house now. It’s just mostly the bigger items and my every day things I need to move next week.
  • Painting frames and making signs – we bought a ton of frames at the Deseret Industries at a super cheap price. We just cleaned them up and painted them. These will hold most of our pictures at the reception and our quotes. We bought 10 4×6 frames and 3 larger frames of varying sizes and coloring books for the children’s play room all for just $25!

 

Running list of vendors and things Jessica & Michael are using for their wedding:

(these vendors are personal preferences, not necessarily endorsed by Temple Square Hospitality)

 

Helpful Websites We’ve Used

google.com/weddings

weddingwire.com

pinterest.com

 

10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 9

WEEK 9 is probably my favorite week so far because Michael is actually in town the ENTIRE WEEK!!!! Best Christmas gift EVER! :) Another sweet Christmas gift was being around both of our families. It was nice to have some time to be with everyone and just play. We went to Michael’s parent’s home for Christmas Eve and my mom’s for Christmas day so it worked out perfect! Both parties were a lot of fun! We watched some home videos at Michael’s parent’s house Christmas Eve and oh my goodness, the Doxey kids are hilarious! Little Mikey was such a cutie! Apparently he loved wearing this certain cowboy hat when he was little and I’m going to use that against him for the rest of his life because he always teases me for loving the country life. :) And…I just liked this quote below:

 

dr seuss

 

So we figure we are just about done with planning everything! Kind of crazy to think we’re that close! We just need to do the following things (I’m sure other things will come up as we get closer, but here’s what we have left so far)

What’s left to do:

  1. Get Michael’s tux
  2. Send final payments and info to all vendors
  3. Get our marriage license (apparently you can get this within 30 days of getting married)
  4. Michael is creating our slide show for our wedding dinner & reception – he loves doing that kind of stuff!
  5. Music play list for the reception
  6. Make the quote decorations for the reception
  7. Figure out if we’re doing a guest book of sorts
  8. Figure out if we’re doing favors…
  9. Get my dress after the last fitting this Saturday – hopefully!!
  10. Make sure all the family has their wedding attire and/or if they need any help finding anything
  11. Determine any assignments for the big day – fam and friends to help set up reception, buy coloring books or something for the kids room, protector of the gift table, etc…
  12. Figure out if we want a cake topper… ?

Check out the video below of a few highlights from the week. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the bullet point list of everything we did this week. Enjoy! Only one more post after this one before the big day!!! :)

 

 

WEEK 9 – Everything we accomplished this week

  • Handed out a few more invitations – saves you a little money on stamps!
  • Talked with my cake friend about personalizing our cake in a subtle way
  • Continue adding people’s names to the thank you list for received gifts
  • Pick out more music for reception and wedding video – Wedding Wire has a great music suggestion page. Check it out!
  • Bought some things for the home like our bed!
  • Got Michael’s ring! It looks awesome! I had him try it on Christmas Eve and it looks great on him! :)
  • Celebrated Christmas with family!! Planning a wedding during the holidays isn’t that bad. It’s actually really nice to have other big things to look forward to as you’re waiting for your wedding day to arrive! Plus, it’s a fun time to be together and get to know each others’ families even more.
  • Finished planning with our coordinator, Chris, from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. We finalized the food for the reception and confirmed everything else.
  • Religious preparations – I went through the temple for my first time yesterday. It’s a very large event in our LDS religion when you can go through for the first time. It was absolutely amazing! My family, Michael and his parents were all able to attend with me. I’m so grateful for that sweet experience and all the help I received. 

Running list of vendors and things Jessica & Michael are using for their wedding – (these vendors are personal preferences, not necessarily endorsed by Temple Square Hospitality)

 

 

10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 8

WEEK 8 – Woo…what a week!! My cute friends threw me a bridal shower, we FINALLY finished all the invitations – my sweet mom helped me stuff, stamp and send them all out, and we had our last meeting with our super creative florist Colleen from Flowers Squared We pretty much finalized everything! Happy day! Below you’ll find some good insights that I learned this week about all sorts of different wedding things. Make sure to check out the video and bullet point list below! Enjoy!

balloon engagement pics fun

 

Floral Considerations – I learned a lot from Colleen today. Consider all of the places you may need flowers. Check out the below list:

  • Bouquet – and toss bouquet if you want one
  • Groom Boutonniere
  • Bridesmaids
  • Groomsmen
  • Family – sisters, brothers, moms, dads, grandparents, nieces and nephews, etc…
  • Cake
  • Centerpieces
  • Any other tables that may need decorations like your buffet table if you’re having one

Marriage Advice I really like:

Love this marriage advice on TheBrideAndGroom.com

I also love this article as well. It helps put into perspective the fact that a fairytale isn’t anything like what the movies portray, but you can create your own fairytale with a lot of work and time – it becomes something even more amazing than you could have ever dreamed. KSL – I Didn’t Marry My Soul Mate

Photograph Advice I really like:

Utahbrideandgroom.com – a Professional photographer shares her insight on making sure your personality shines through in your photos:

1) Look through bridal magazines and bring samples of what poses you absolutely love. Go ahead and practice in the mirror when no one is watching! Channel your inner supermodel, or “superbride.” Just let loose, be sassy and have fun!

2) On your wedding day, make sure to take deep breaths and look around you. Take it all in because it will go by faster than you think! Not everything will go exactly as planned, but do not let those things take away from your special day. Be happy and celebrate with your new husband and all your friends and family. These emotions will show up in your photos!

3) To help everything run more smoothly during family formals it helps to have a formal shot list including names of the family members. Try and limit formals to ten groupings (i.e., bride and groom with bride’s parents, groom with whole family). This will help the photographer to keep everything efficient. This also leaves extra time for bride and groom portraits. For bride and groom portraits show your photographer some variety. Do some photos smiling, some serious, looking at the lens and some looking away from the camera. Make sure you watch what your hands are doing and stretch out the neck. I also recommend giving a little laugh when you smile. You will look more natural.

“Come What May and Love It”

No matter what we do, something, somehow is going to be inconvenient for someone. I hate thinking of that, but it’s true. We’re finding that out every which way we turn now. So what are we doing about it? Well, we’re trying to make sure the most important things are getting taken care of and we’re doing what we feel is right. We hope everyone feels comfortable and they enjoy their experiences with us. This is such a big exciting day and we just pray everyone can feel this as well because we know it will be hard for some people to make it out to some of the events – especially since it’s in the dead of winter. And some things might not be presented perfectly or we might forget something (we’re obviously trying not to forget anything, but in all reality, there is that possibility). We hope the weather is good. We hope all sorts of things for our 400+ guests we’re inviting…but honestly, amongst all of the unknowns and the inconveniences of some things for everyone involved, we have to hold on to the mentality of “come what may and love it”, as stated by one of the very wise past general authorities of the LDS Church, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin. We’re doing all we can to make this a memorable experience for us and everyone involved, but sometimes you just have to stop- realize things won’t be perfect, but as long your heart is in the right place, you’re trying your best to make this a good experience and you’re doing the most important things first (the truly most important things), how can you go wrong? It’s going to be amazing no matter what because Michael and I are getting married – nothing should take away from that excitement!

 

 

 

WEEK 8 -

  • Friend Bridal Shower :)
  • Started moving some things to Michael’s house so we don’t have to do a massive moving day so close to the wedding
  • Convert Excel spreadsheet of addresses into labels using Word Mail Merge – This is a good tutorial on how to do this easily: YouTube
  • Stuffed and sent invitations – there were a few little hiccups, but we finally got them sent out this week!!! Wooooo!! My cute mum and I stuffed them. It was a great time for her and I to just chat with one another. We don’t get that time very often so it was a lot of fun! :)
  • Nails? what am I doing with my nails? I’m such a short nails, use my hands a lot, play in the dirt kind of girl. I love being that way, but I’m not certain how I want my nails to look for the big day…hm….any ideas?
  • Massive Pinterest perusing and finally trying some of it out! :)
  • Meeting with Colleen from Flowers Squared and pretty much finished our flower and decor planning- Michael was able to come too – mainly for support because he doesn’t really care too much about the flowers, but it’s sweet he came for me! :)
  • Final payment to our photographer
  • Payment to our videographer

Running list of vendors and things Jessica & Michael are using for their wedding – (these vendors are personal preferences, not necessarily endorsed by Temple Square Hospitality)

 

 

10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 7

Week 7 – done!

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We’ve been receiving an abundance of advice and wisdom from friends and family. It’s so neat how information comes right when you need it most. A good friend of mine was telling me about a life changing realization she has had since being married for over 30 years. She told me something that will most likely resonate with me for a long time because it touched me so strongly. She relayed to me that her marriage hasn’t been easy – she said no marriage is. For such a long time she was trying to change her husband – to help him become a better person. Then it dawned on her – she shouldn’t worry about changing him, she should worry about changing herself. The more she worked on bettering herself, the more their marriage started to get better and become the fairytale she’s always wanted. Interesting thing, isn’t it? I love the fact that you should work on being the best you and that will in turn help you to treat your spouse better and increase the love and compassion in your marriage. My friend realized her husband started to want to be better himself because her efforts were inspiring to him. I realized this is a very personal situation and not all relationships need the exact same remedy, but I want to remember this. It is so easy to see each others’ flaws and forget to look at how we personally can improve our lives.  We have to look at the positive and realize we both aren’t perfect, but we never will be. We just have to do the best we can and do what feels right.

If you can’t tell yet, this has been a very contemplative week. The magnitude of this amazing decision Michael and I are making is becoming a little more realistic every day – and I’m sure it will only continue to do so as we go. I’m grateful for this. I’m glad we can be aware of how huge this decision is and enjoy the fact that we are doing this together! It feels awesome to be able to work together and discuss everything from finances to emotions

The below video shows a few of the things we’ve done this week and of course, below there is also a bullet point list of everything. Enjoy!

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WEEK 7

  • Family Bridal Shower! So much fun! :)
  • Started a “Thank You” list on our Google Docs spread sheet so we remember to thank people for their specific gifts
  • Ordered our wedding cake from our friend!
  • Invitations and inserts for dinner and sealing/ceremony completed – now just waiting for them to be printed! Ahh…we’re cutting it close!!! I was counseled that things always take longer than you think in planning a wedding, and even though I accounted for that, it still took even LONGER than my time cushion. But never fear, things will work out. Michael and I always tease that as long as the both of us are at least there then we’re good. :) We definitely want to make sure everyone is notified with enough notice though. We’re excited to celebrate with family and friends!!
  • Michael’s ring is being made as we speak! I went to the same place Michael got my ring: The Gem Smith in Bountiful It will be done soon!:)
  • Found my shoes! I’m a moccasin lover so these will be so fun, at least for the reception! :)

  • Working on the address lists still. We’re hunting down people for their addresses and compiling them in a manner more efficient for easy conversion to labels. We’re also making notations on those individuals we need to invite to the wedding dinner and sealing so it will be easy to stuff the proper items in each envelope.  We’re having the envelopes with our return address printed on the flap. That way we just have to stuff them, seal them, put the invitee address label and stamp on and send it off to the post office! Woo!
  • Learned I need to get my marriage license before I get married to take to our wedding sealing/ceremony. Then I change my name on my social security card when we get back from our honeymoon.
  • Michael and I are making time to plan for the future. We’re talking about the different things we want to accomplish and how we’re going to merge our two lives together. Talking finances, family, emotions, etc. This is so important to keep the future things in perspective even amongst all of the right now excitement of planning a wedding.
  • Dress fitting #1 – done! :)

 

 

 

 

10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 2

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! :) )

WEEK 1:

  1. Tell your family and friends you’re engaged
  2. Take time to soak in the fact that YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!
  3. Set date with Temple for our marriage – January 10, 2014!!
  4. 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! :)
  5. Ask for help from family and friends to search for things you know you need (ex: mom called dress shops)
  6. Look for checklists online that can help you in your wedding planning process
  7. Set budget
  8. Create Google docs to share with each other to compile budget, vendor, music info
  9. Picked out colors – Orange and Mint Green
  10. Found photographer for engagement pictures
  11. Found a friend to design invitations and print them
  12. Have a Pinterest party every day to find things for the big day! (lunch breaks work great for this)

 

WEEK 2:

  1. Set appointment with wedding event coordinator at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building
  2. Booked Sharon/Manchester room at Joseph Smith Memorial Building for reception
  3. Start considering menu options
  4. Set appointment with Flowers Squared
  5. Set appointments with dress shops
  6. Tell family the colors to wear at the reception so they can start looking for their clothes
  7. Use any spare time to research and plan (lunch breaks are a HUGE time for this)
  8. Create Google address list compiler form from Google.com/weddings
  9. Use checklist from Weddingwire.com to make sure you’re on track with getting everything done in time
  10. Keep track of budget and vendors on our shared Google docs
  11. 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.
  12. Solidify date, time, place with engagement photographer
  13. 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.

 

 

 

 

10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding! WEEK 1

I just got engaged to my best friend and I am way beyond excited!! 

He Proposed!!

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! :)

The Proposal!

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. :)

 Michael on one knee

 going for the hug

BIG hug

kiss that boy

putting the ring on

beautiful ring

the ring!!

cute couple