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Monday Morning … three August 24, 2009

Good Morning Ladies and Gents …

We are super excited about our response to these Monday Mornings questions, so please keep them coming!  just send us a quick email to jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as your subject.

Now onto our reader question …

“I just got engaged and I am so excited, overwhelmed and just a ball of nerves.  Where do I start?

I know this may not be what you’re looking for as your question, but I was looking around the internet and found your blog and thought I would just give it a shot.

Newly Engaged – Nicole from Lexington, KY”

Nicole …

first – CONGRATS, we are so happy for you!  second – your question is exactly what we are looking for this Monday Morning …

We suggest that the first thing you do is buy a three ring binder, three hole puncher, and tab dividers … making your own planning notebook will be so much better than any one you purchase.  Here are some suggestions on the tab divider categories – contracts, inspiration, must haves, timeline, planning notes {with vendors}, etc.

Next, BUY MAGAZINES … the more the merrier!  We suggest to ALL of our new brides to tear out pages from magazine of all the things they LOVE and all the “not so much” things as well – they will help to form your feel/design/and total look for your wedding.  Some our faves … Kentucky Bride Magazine, Bride & Bloom, Martha Stewart Wedding, Elegant Bride, etc.

To go along with the magazines, find some fabulous blogs that you LOVE – these blogs will help you with ideas, vendors, planning process and so much more. We recommend to our brides to have a TOP 10 list and not to subscribe to more than 10 blogs … let’s be honest, you don’t want to be reading blogs all day/ everyday until your wedding.  Some our faves … Style Me Pretty, Snippett & Ink, What Junebug Loves, 100 Layer Cake, and so many more.

and finally … what every little girl dreams of … THE DRESS!  If you haven’t already – start learning about your designers, your budget, your style, your dream.  begin to start the process of finding THE DRESS!  once found, you will need a minimum of eight months (in most cases) to get the dress ordered and to have at least two fittings for any alterations that need to be made.

Nicole, we hope we’ve helped you get started.  And for any other BRIDE or GROOM out there with questions, please feel free to email us at jaime {at} jackiallen {dot} com with Monday Blog as the subject.

celebrate your love …

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