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By: Jenna Johnson | Posted: 10/07/2013
Kyle proposed up north and we spent the weekend celebrating with our family and friends. We didn’t really have time to talk about the wedding until the drive home—a two and a half hour drive from Kyle’s parents cabin back to our house. We talked about the wedding the whole way home. What time of year should we have it? Where should it be? How many guests? Colors? It was so much fun dreaming of our perfect wedding that I couldn’t wait to get home and start researching everything. Which is exactly what I did and that's when things started to get overwhelming.
First things first: we needed a venue and a date. I started looking for venues in the Minneapolis area, but one venue was already booked every weekend in 2014, another we couldn’t book until exactly one year before the wedding and it booked up fast. Still another didn’t have air conditioning, or could only fit 100 guests, or required you to use their caterers. This list went on and on. And everything was way more expensive than I’d imagined!
So, I started making lists—lots and lots of lists. I listed the venue, how much it cost to rent, and then any extra charges. It’s really what started our budget planning. We needed to figure out what's important to us and what was secondary and the lists helped out a lot, but they also scared the hell out of me!
Before when I had thought about my wedding I only thought about the fun things like my cake and my dress! Now all of a sudden I was thinking about napkins, table rentals, and damage deposits. I was beginning to lose all of my wedding planning steam and it had barely started yet!
Enter my amazing boss Robin. I always knew that Robin would make my wedding cake and that she would help with my planning, but I had no idea exactly how much she would help. After less than three months of planning I am certain that I couldn’t do it without her. She has this insane way of taking the jumble of ideas in my head and turning them into not only something real, but something amazing. I had seen her do it with so many of our clients in the past, but I have a whole new appreciation for it now that it's my turn.
Robin was the one who found out that you can rent buildings on the state fairgrounds and Kyle and I thought it was a perfect idea for our state fair-themed wedding. After we took a tour of the building we were hooked! It felt so good to cross something off the list. Our venue was booked which meant our date was picked and I owe it to Robin for helping us find the perfect venue!
If I didn’t have Robin I would definitely hire some sort of wedding planner. You need someone to bounce ideas off of who knows the ins and outs of weddings. I like that Robin can help me with the fun design aspect as well as all the minutia. I know she's going to be an amazing resource over the next year as our planning progresses and I cannot express how grateful we are for that.
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