Wedding Planning – 4 Month Update

Wedding Planning – 4 Month Update

I can’t believe I’m getting married in just four months! Jared and I have been engaged for over a year, and I’m so glad we decided to give ourselves plenty of time to plan because there are SO many details that go into a wedding that I never even thought of!

With just four months until the big day, we are actually in really good shape. All of our vendors are booked and all that’s left is finalizing details. I did a poll on Instagram (follow me at @thehappyfloridian if you’re not already!) and so many of you wanted a wedding planning update! So I’m going to share the things we’ve done, the things we’re in the process of doing and what still needs to be done!

WHAT WE’VE DONE

Booked our vendors!  

We have assembled the most amazing team of vendors for our wedding. Here is who we’ve booked:

  • Venue and Food: Sweetwater Branch Inn
  • Photographer: Leslie Page Photography
  • Flowers: Garden and Grace Florals
  • DJ: Genius Entertainment
  • Officiant: Jack Edmonds
  • Cake/Dessert: Sugar Babies Cookies
  • Hair and Makeup: Moxie To Go

I’m so lucky because I actually work for our venue as the marketing director, and my amazing coworkers are also the event directors for our wedding day. They have given me SO many great tips and recommendations (thank you Casey and Maria!) and I feel very confident in the team working our wedding.

The Dress!

I found my dream wedding dress at David’s Bridal in Gainesville! I’m absolutely in love with it and every time I put it on I don’t want to take it off! I am still waiting to do alterations until the wedding day gets a little closer, but the dress is amazing and I can’t wait to show it to you after we get married!

Finalized Bridal Party Looks

Jared and his groomsmen got their tuxes from Men’s Warehouse and my bridesmaids are getting their dresses from Azazi.

Finished Our Registry

It took me forever to finish our registry, mostly because I would much rather give someone a gift than ask for one! We decided to just register at Target for things we really need or want to upgrade. We have been living together for 5 years so we have a lot of stuff, but almost everything is a used or given to us from family members. Let me know if you want me to do a separate post about our wedding registry!

WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON

Invitations

I ordered our invitations last week and decided to hand address them. So once those come in I will be working my handwriting magic on the envelopes. We also decided to do digital RSVPs, mostly because the RSVP cards were $100 without postage.

Wedding Website

Our wedding website is almost complete except for a few details. We chose to do very simple invitations and have most of the information on our website, including our RSVPs, accommodations, registry information and more.

Reception Details and Signage

After watching way too many TikToks over the past few months I’ve decided to make all the table numbers and signage for our wedding. Well, at least the table numbers, we’ll see how those turn out and if it’s too hard I might leave some of the bigger signs to the professionals. Here are some photos of what I’m trying to make:

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

It still feels like a million things need to be done! Mostly they’re just small details, like choosing songs we want played at the reception and what shoes I’m going to wear. Here are just a few of the biggest things we’re ready to check off of our to-do list:

Get Wedding Bands

We honestly haven’t even looked at wedding bands yet! Hopefully we will start looking soon!

Figure Out Our Honeymoon

With a global pandemic it’s really hard to get pumped about traveling. We’ve decided that we are going to do a mini-moon a day or two after the wedding, then go on a big trip next year. We just have no clue where to go for our mini honeymoon! We know we want it to be in Florida, we just don’t know where yet. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

Choose The Food

One of the main reasons we chose Sweetwater as our venue is because they do all their own food, and after working there I know their food is amazing! We are having our menu meeting next month to choose all the food for the cocktail hour and the reception.

There are a ton of things left to do but I feel like we’re in really good shape to have an amazing day! If you have any questions or tips please leave them in the comments!

The Perfect Vacation at St. Augustine Beach

The Perfect Vacation at St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach has always been one of my favorite vacation spots. My fiancé and I go there with his family every year, it’s where we had our first vacation and where Jared proposed last year. I love exploring this coastal town, and this summer Jared and I decided to take another trip to our favorite spot.

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Summer Beach Essentials

Summer Beach Essentials

Summer is in full swing here in Florida, and while this season looks a lot different than it has in the past, I am making the most of it and finding safe ways to enjoy my summer! This summer we are headed to St. Augustine Beach to stay in a private condo where we can safely enjoy a much-needed getaway. Here are a few of my summer beach essentials!

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Six Essential Tips for Working From Home

Six Essential Tips for Working From Home

I’ve been working from home for the past seven weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the one thing that has helped me the most is having a quarantine routine. Currently I work about 65 hours a week between my full-time job, part-time job, freelancing and blogging. It’s a lot, but it’s definitely worth it, and I’ve developed my own work from home routine that I love!

While I love staying busy and working on so many different things, it’s super important to not get burned out. Here are my top tips for working from home and keeping it all together:

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Exploring John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk

Exploring John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk

Even though I’m a Florida native, there are still so many parts of this state I’ve never explored, especially on the west coast. So last weekend I was so excited about spending a couple days in Madeira Beach, a coastal town east of St. Petersburg.

We were there for a couple days watching my sister’s softball tournament, but we had a full day of exploring on Sunday. When I looked up fun places to visit in the area, John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk came up and it was definitely worth the trip!

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5 Romantic Things to do in Gainesville on Valentine’s Day

5 Romantic Things to do in Gainesville on Valentine’s Day

The most romantic day of the year is upon us! Valentine’s Day is here and for me, it’s a day to celebrate LOVE! Not just love for your significant other, but love for all the important people in your life.

I’ve rounded up some of the most romantic things to do in Gainesville on Valentine’s Day, and these aren’t just for couples. Whether you want to do something fun with your significant other, best friends or event your parents, any one of these activities would be super fun!

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Visiting Margaritaville – Hollywood Beach

Visiting Margaritaville – Hollywood Beach

A few weeks ago I visited my parents and sisters in South Florida. I grew up just 20 minutes from Hollywood Beach and it always feels like home whenever I spend the day there. I took my fiancé Jared there for the first time and we spent the day walking on the boardwalk, exploring the Margaritaville Beach Resort and hanging out one of their restaurants to watch football. Here are some of my favorite photos from our visit!

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How To Organize An Influencer Event

How To Organize An Influencer Event

A couple weeks ago I hosted an Influencer Brunch for some amazing Gainesville bloggers at the Sweetwater Branch Inn, the most beautiful event space in Gainesville. What started out as just an idea a month before turned into one of my favorite things I’ve done this year! It took a lot of planning, tons of emailing and messaging and some serious hustle, but it was so completely worth it!

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