My Destination Wedding Planning: Booked Venue, Makeup Artist, and Event Planner
I recently spent two weeks in Texas trying to plan as much wedding stuff as I could. Considering I’ve never planned a wedding before and the last wedding I attended was several years ago that was simply quaint and small, I was definitely in over my head.
So I had to make a gameplan. First, the venue took priority over everything else because I needed to set the date. My wedding will take place in August 2017 and we were already a week into April. Time was not on my side.
With the help of my family (thank goodness for their ability to plan awesome shindigs) I spent my entire first day in Texas at South Padre Island touring venues. Nothing blew me away like the first venue did. Located on the rooftop of a hotel, it has a gorgeous view of the ocean. The venue is covered and a nice breeze flows in regularly that helps keep Texas heat at bay. I did not want a beachside wedding because sand, heat, and awful wind, but I did want a view of the ocean, so this venue is perfect.
Once I booked the venue and set the date, I looked into hair stylists/makeup artists. Originally, I wanted long curls, but knowing it’ll be windy on the rooftop, I settled for my hair being up. As for my makeup, I wanted to go bold with emphasis on my eyes. I found a stylist who owns her own boutique and therefore has reasonable prices. For $100, I was able to get my eyebrows waxed, my hair done, and my makeup done. A lot of places I researched asked for $100 just for the hair alone so I was very happy with the price. I did a trial run to make sure they knew what I wanted and was blown away with the results:
Because this is a destination wedding, my next step was to find an event planner to help coordinate everything. I found the perfect person with an outstanding eye for detail and is reasonably priced. The best thing: she does literally everything. She does the linens, chairs, tables, pipe and draping, the wedding arch, flowers, you name it. Plus, the day of the wedding she coordinates everything so I don’t have to worry about setup. The stress had definitely been taken off of me as planning a major event from so far away was proving to be difficult. But now I can just send her my Pinterest board and I can kick back and focus on the little things like writing my vows and ordering invitations.
Wedding Countdown: 3 months
I’m starting to get nervous.
I’ll see you guys next Wednesday!