The Planning Post

We loved hearing the engagement stories we received yesterday, keep ’em coming! Today we’re featuring the details that went into the planning. And details there were a plenty. Planning our wedding was one of the most fun things we’ve ever gotten to do. The system was pretty much: I came up with a ton of ideas, Justin would edit and we’d figure out how it worked for us, and then we’d devote our weekends to scouring Dallas to make it work. We were such a great team – props to us. We had plans to move abroad in the Fall, so we planned a Spring event in six months. It was the perfect length. Although I miss working on every detail with my teammate, it was better that we gave my ideas a time limit – more time would mean more details, and really, there were SO many already, who would even notice them?

Music plays such a big part in our relationship (most of our first dates, the first gifts we gave each other, when we cross-countried to Bonnaroo the first time and were inseparable there-after) that it was only fitting that it would play throughout our big event.

Let’s kick this off with a few of our favorites from our E-sesh with Taylor Lord Photography..

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This is going to get a little lengthy because I love a good paper product and it showed. But, I had the hardest time figuring out where and how to do it all, so maybe, just maybe another bride might find something in here helpful. Oh, and of course it’s eye candy.

Firstly, we started on Save the Dates. With only six months, they needed to go out asap. We scoured Half Price Books for 45″ vinyl records. One of our little Junior Groomsmen (age 12, future rockstar) gave us an impromptu photo shoot. We ordered 45″ white sleeves and stamped them with a custom-made stamp from a local shop of “You are my sunshine” because, well, he is and it made the album. Had a custom-made (are you seeing a theme here?) return-address stamp made, packaged those suckers up pretty, got a few more muscles and splinters, and shipped them out the door.

Vintage record Save the Dates via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyVintage record Save the Dates via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + Arrows

These later tied in with our appropriately titled album favors – CDs with a playlist including songs from different artists we saw together throughout our 11 month super fun courtship. Our sweet, sweet friend designed the CD label for us. We ordered the sleeves with the playlist printed on them, tied them up with velvet ribbon (duh.), except for one and put it on repeat.

CD favors that look like vinyl records via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography

Our invitations. I think we set a record for visiting our stationer. Papyrus  helped us design something that was funky, but still traditional, and most definitely letterpress. Something that fit us. The Left Handed Calligrapher took care of the envelopes addressed in her gorgeous calligraphy.

Invitations via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Letterpress by Elum Designs | Envelope calligraphy by The Left Handed Calligrapher

More paper products. More stamps. We had stamps made for the rehearsal dinner invites that J’s mom graciously took care of for us and a monogram that I drew for the programs, rehearsal dinner menus, and guest bag welcome letters.

Kraft, gold and white rehearsal dinner invitations via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + ArrowsKraft, gold and white wedding paper goods via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + Arrows

Oh yeah, guests! Both of our families lived in different states, so the majority of our guest list needed hotel rooms. We toured hotels (super fun) in downtown Dallas trying to find one that fit our style. The Magnolia was cozy, stylish and had gorgeous views of the city. The room block list was a challenge but suited my accountant side. Now we needed a way to welcome our guests to our city. We ordered canvas bags and had a stamp made that said ‘Bienvenue’ with our date. We both have French heritage and made little references to that throughout that ended with our thank you cards. Then, stuffed them with local treats since we’d be so busy that week and couldn’t properly welcome everyone.

'Bienvenue' welcome bag via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + ArrowDallas postcard favor via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyGold foiled 'Merci' Thank You card via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + Arrow | Thank You card by Checkerboard Invitations

All photos are by Taylor Lord. 

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Floral & design: Bows & Arrows | Invitations: Elum via Papyrus | Thank You cards: Checkerboard | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Custom Stamps: Acme Stamp | CD Sleeves: Kraft and Jute

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6 responses to “The Planning Post

  1. I love the, you are my sunshine records. Clever idea! 🙂

  2. Here Comes The Lovely

    Amazing Save the Dates. Love it when couples personalize their weddings. We’re doing a screenplay theme because my fiance proposed by writing me a screenplay. BTW, you guys are adorable!

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