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Hey y'all! This is the first post of my Advice to Brides series & I am SO excited to be writing about all the helpful hints, inspiration resources & other wedding related deets that helped us plan our wedding last November. (You can photos from our rustic barn-filled day here & here!).

So he asked for your hand, you said yes, now what??

First of all, congratulations!!! Engagement is such a sweet, joy-filled time!! What an amazing experience to find the one whom your soul loves, as Song of Solomon so beautifully says it :) After you've called your family, texted all your friends & toasted to your upcoming day, I think it's so important to take a few moments & think about you & your fiance's top 5.

What are the top 5 things that are most important to you about your wedding?

For Dean & I, we were tremendously blessed to have done this pretty early on in planning. Once you can actually visualize what you value most about your big day, it's SO much easier to budget, plan & invest your time! If not, and if you're anything like me, the reality is I would just be pinning my little heart out & find myself frustrated, pulled in so many different directions. Handcarved save the dates! Letterpressed seating cards! Sequined tablecloths! (Yes, I actually would've considered the last one if they had been more within our reception budget!).

Our top 5 looked a little something like this:

1. Honoring the Lord & celebrating the true meaning of marriage
2. Ceremony - Sharing the Gospel with our guests
3. Guest list - Being able to invite all of our family & closest friends
4. Photography - duh ;)
5. Venue - Finding an outdoor ceremony location & spot for an indoor barn reception

So, what are your top 5? Another way to think about it: When you look back at your wedding, what do you want to remember most? Take some time to sit down with your fiance & talk through the aspects of the day - location, music, food, time of year, photography, entertainment, decor - that you want to prioritize. If you want to write your own lists & then share it with each other, that works, too! You may find that 3 of your 5 match & the other 2 will give you the opportunity to practice communicating & problem solving :)

Happy planning!

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Advice for Brides: Get more sleep

Advice for Brides: Seeing your groom

Advice for Brides: Your bridal party

Advice for Brides: Putting the wed in wedding

Advice for Brides: Creating your registry