Many couples take on the challenge of planning their entire wedding themselves. We think it’s great if you’re up for it! But people don’t realize how much time, energy, and work go into planning a wedding until they’re in over their heads. Wedding planners, like us, are great because we take away the stress and craziness of planning your wedding on your own. We have connections with many different vendors, know how to work with your budget, are familiar with the industry, and much more! Still convinced you can plan your wedding from start to finish on your own? See what couples struggle with the most planning their wedding themselves. You may change your mind and decide you do want that extra help from a wedding planner.
Thinking about where to start with your wedding vows? Not sure how you are going to sum up all the promises, love, and other meaningful words for you partner into just a few sentences? We know it can seem overwhelming and frustrating (writers block is so annoying), but we’re here to help! Read our advice on when you should start writing your vows, how long they should be, and more!
1. When to Start – Don’t be that bride or groom who waits until the night before the wedding to throw together your wedding vows. The words you are promising to your love are so important and what you are going to be living by for your whole marriage. Put some real thought into what you are vowing to your significant other. We recommend having your vows written at least 3-5 weeks before your big day. That way you’ll be less stressed, have time to make edits if needed, and become comfortable reading them with enough practice. If you want to write them even earlier that’s fine too!
2. The Writing Process – You’ve got your vow book, pen, and are ready to begin writing! But, where do you even begin?
3. Final Moments – You have your vows written! YAY! And with plenty of time before your wedding day. Now is when you should practice saying them out loud. Doing this will help you feel more confident and comfortable when you have to say them on the big day. Try practicing in front of a mirror, in front of family or friends, and even recording yourself to see how well you do. Enough practice and you’ll be sure to nail those vows when it’s your turn to speak!
4. Keep Them A Secret – Wedding vows are a special gift of promises from you to your fiancé. So, try not to share them with one another beforehand. Expressing all your love and feelings the day of your wedding to your soon-to-be husband or wife with be a moment that you’ll both be able to cherish forever.
In the end, your vows should be your own. Let these promises come right from your heart. Decide what is most important to you and your significant other. Have fun writing these and reminiscing about your relationship and dreaming about what is yet to come with your marriage. Wedding vows don’t have to be perfect, they should be exactly what you want them to be.
Morgan and Adam met a number of years ago at a local hospital where Morgan worked as a nurse. Adam would frequent the hospital as a paramedic and their relationship blossomed from there!
This lovely couple chose the airy and modern Warch Campus Center at downtown Appleton's Lawrence University for their ceremony and reception, and transformed it into a garden straight out of Kate Spade's backyard, with lush flowers and topiaries.
Morgan redefined the term D-I-Y bride! With decor filling an entire box truck and cargo van, we set to work early in the morning to bring her vision to life!
Flower vines were hung from the rafters in the ceremony room to soften the ceiling and draw the attention to the front of the room...although with these two it was hard to look anywhere else! There was so much love filing the room. And Morgan's vows...I was seriously on the verge of tears for the entire thing! (Catch a few lines in their wedding film by A Way of Life Media at the bottom!)
Guests headed off to the campus bar, The Viking Room, for cocktail hour, while we transferred some of the ceremony items to the reception room and added the final touches.
Gold chiavari chairs from Oshkosh Event Rental sat at each table covered by elegant black table linens and accented by the perfect black and white striped runners.
Each table was impeccably created from Morgan's vision. All of their centerpieces were put together by Morgan herself with the most beautiful, and vibrant "artificial" (What!?) flowers. There may have been lots of hot glue and late nights, but this feat was more than just a crafty affair.
Beautiful topiary and flower balls sat on top of candle sticks and glass vessels while other tables were adorned with lanterns housing the cutest little topiary trees.
Their photobooth mimicked their ceremony backdrop and their escort card display, and was certainly another focal point not to be missed. Eight foot tall hedge walls were setup with an adorable "V" hung right in the center.
The cocktail area was transformed into a cozy lounge by the fireplace, with white sofas and side tables to match. And guests helped themselves to shelves of gourmet coffee to enjoy at home.
Morgan and Adam, congrats to you both, and may you have a lifetime of love and happiness together!
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Jenny Reh | Beauty
Tamara's The Cake Guru | Cake & Cupcakes
Bon Apetit (Lawrence University) | Catering
Spotlight Events | DJ Entertainment
This Very Crafty Bride | Florals & Decor
Oshkosh Event Rental | Chiavari Chairs
Koru Ceremony (Rev. Amy) | Officiant
Twig & Olive Photography | Photography
A Way of Life Media | Cinematography
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel | Guest Accommodations & Rehearsal Dinner
Lawrence University Warch Campus Center | Venue
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Coordinator
Hi there! I'm Jo, owner of Witt & Co. Events in Neenah, Wisconsin. Wife to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart Matt, mama to our sweet little James, (and fur-mama to Scarlett and Charlie!)