Looking through my Instagram, you can see that I have embarked on many adventures this year. However, the biggest adventure of my life so far started on the 10th October 2017 when my now fiancé asked me to marry him. It was a complete surprise and my most favorite memory.

If you want me to write about how he planned the proposal, let me know by leaving a comment below.

344 days to go

We are just under a year away from our special day – the countdown has started. So let me tell you about the planning process so far. I know you might be thinking, ‘you have had a long engagement’ and we have. Sam ‘popped the question’ in 2017 but we didn’t rush into the planning and set our date in 2020. This is simply because we wanted to take our time to plan something extra special, to minimise the stress and ultimately because we just didn’t have the money to splash on a wedding. Until now.

I admit I felt so much pressure in the beginning to plan, to talk about the plans, to get everyone’s opinions. But, I just didn’t want opinions flying left, right and centre. I had an idea in my mind of how the day would look and I was on a mission to find the suppliers to make it happen. Stress always hits me hard, and I’m guilty of continually exposing myself to stress. It then creates a vicious circle and my health declines. I am determined to make this process a breeze. I am happy to report that so far, it has been just that.

Slowly but surely we have booked up some of the important factors including:

Venue, check

Catering, check

Photographer, check

Videographer, check

Music/Entertainment, check

The dress, check

Bridesmaid dresses, check

Venue styling, check

We still need to think about the suits, the wedding rings, makeup, hair and stationary. I’m sure that there are things I haven’t thought about yet but I am not going to stress over it. The main elements are arranged and the day itself is set to be everything I have always wanted.

Initial planning top tips:

Download Pinterest
Use it to make an online mood board. Throw all your initial ideas into one board and start to see your ideas come to life. You can use this to decide what style wedding you are going to choose – from rustic barns, to manor houses, to castles.

Set your budget
There is no easy way to say this but I really don’t think there is such a thing as a budget wedding anymore, unless you elope. It seems that the word ‘wedding’ doubles the cost. Think about what you can afford, set your budget and stick to it.

Where possible, pick your venue first
Your venue will form a big part of your budget. Visiting your venue is the best place to start to begin visualising the look and feel of your day.

Buy a wedding plan journal
Whether this is in the form of a scrapbook or a purpose built journal, this is a great keepsake and a great place to store all your ideas. My favourite is the marble wedding planner that I brought on Amazon.

Remember that this is your day (you and your partners)
If you find that too many opinions cloud your judgement and make you stressed, as is the case with me, it is ok to make the big decisions on your own.  There is always many options and it is a task to narrow them down. Do whatever is going to help you in the long run.

Here is to the excitement of the next 12 months.


Soph x

Insta: @crohnswithme

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