Organization is Key to a Stress-Free Wedding

flowersAs I write this I am away on a much-needed sewing and quilting retreat in beautiful Tahoe Donner. After several weeks of constant wedding prep, I must say that it is taking some time to ease into a relaxed lifestyle.

If there were just one piece of wedding prep advice I could share with you, I think it would be: get organized. Never did I dream that my years of ¬†working trade shows would serve me well during this time of wedding preparations. Anyone out there looking for a good wedding planner? I think I’ve got this down now . . . just kidding! I’ve got another one coming up next May–it should be a piece of cake.

Fortunately, two weeks before the wedding I asked my daughter the important question of how she planned to get all the “stuff” to the venue; since the wedding was being held in Grass Valley which is two hours away. Is a trailer rental in the game plan, or what?

Just a fraction of the stuff going to the wedding.
Just a fraction of the stuff going to the wedding.

Since neither of us would be available the day of the wedding to assist with set-up, it was important to communicate the design vision clearly for the set-up crew. For the prior two days I had Molly set-up each space (welcome table, head table, cake table, etc) exactly as she wanted it. I took photos and made a list of all the items included at each space. Each space was assigned a letter (A, B, C, etc). Finally, all the items were boxed and assigned the appropriate letter. It was a lot of work, but as a result, everything ran smoothly.

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We have not yet received all of the photos from the photographer, but I wanted to share a few of them with you today: ¬†1) The sweet flower girl getting ready for her runway walk. The robe was made by yours truly. 2) Princess Brooklyn could not have been more precious. 3) A special father-daughter moment. Laura's collage Here’s one of my favorites:

The setting, the lighting, the couple . . . everything was lovely!
The setting, the lighting, the couple . . . everything was lovely!

Thanks for letting me share this special time in my life. My best to all of you.


8 thoughts on “Organization is Key to a Stress-Free Wedding

  1. Just beautiful Laura, I was just thinking about you last week about the wedding, too. So glad to hear it all went well. Hope to see you soon!


  2. So happy all went well – but, of course, YOU organized it! My heart fluttered when you asked if anyone needed a wedding planner as our son is marrying next June. Even though you were kidding, I did learn a lot from your posts. (I started using the Pink Armor Nail Gel the next day after you showed the picture of your nails, and noticed a difference within two weeks. For the first time in literally years, all of my nails are the same length now! You should be getting a commission from them – all my friends are buying it now, too!) Donna


  3. Stress-free wedding? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Thanks for sharing the photos of the wedding. It looks like a beautiful venue and the picture of the bride and groom is gorgeous! Congratulations to all!!!


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