Have you ever wondered what really goes into the planning process and wanted to hear an account from someone who has been through it before? Well now you can! We’re back with our 2nd Real Wedding Rehash from my clients, Keon and LaKeyia Piper, who got married this past September. Let’s see what the Pipers had to say about their wedding planning experience.
How did you and your husband meet?
Although we both attended college in Richmond, Keon and I met at Mr. Day’s in Arlington, VA. It wasn’t random, though. Two mutual friends introduced us and we hit if off right away.
In the beginning, how were you feeling about starting the planning process (excited, nervous, anxious, etc.)?
I was excited to start the planning process, but I had no idea where to start. So, I started with the dress!
Did you have any help with your wedding planning (planner, good friend, family, fiance, etc)?
The planning process was full of indecisiveness and hours on Pinterest (which I don’t recommend spending too much time on). Our families were very involved and helped a tremendous amount. We didn’t have a planner until the month of the wedding so we enlisted some amazing family friends to help with the details and décor. My fiancé was also super helpful and very involved with the entire process. He even found our venue!
What was the easiest and/or your favorite part about the planning process?
My absolute favorite part of the planning process was finding the dress. However, it was not an easy process which I’m sure is very common. I definitely went a little dress crazy, going to over 20 dress boutiques and trying on well over 100 dresses. But I would do it again in a heartbeat!
What was the most difficult part of the planning process?/ What trials and tribulations did you run into?
For me, the most difficult part of the planning process was putting together all the small details ( i.e. favors, personal touches). It can get a bit overwhelming and it definitely helps to step away and take a break from planning every once and a while.
What was one of your favorite moments on your wedding day?
One of my favorite moments on our wedding day was watching Keon have so much fun at the reception. You work so hard during the planning process and it’s great to be able to enjoy everything at a party that is for you! He definitely kept the party going.
If you could go back in time and redo, or alter, one component, or method, of the planning process, what would it be?
Although the planning process was tiring, sometimes stressful, and emotional draining, the end result was magic. The only thing I would do differently is hire Courtney for the entire planning process!! She was so helpful the month before the wedding. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.
What planning advice would you give to the newly-engaged?
Enjoy being newly engaged for a few weeks before jumping into the planning.
Get a wedding planner.
Photo Credit: PWphotography.com