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Friday, March 28, 2008

Audra Checks In!


Audra here. I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. I'm the Wedding Belles' accountant, and as you've probably already realized (because it's income tax time in the United States) I'm a bit busy.

But, really, isn't that the way it is for most brides? Nobody lets a bride quit her job so she'll have plenty of time to plan a wedding. Brides (and helpful grooms ;) ) are forced to squeeze all our wedding efforts into our free time.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has suggestions on how to find time to plan a wedding!

Please feel free to post in the comments!

Audra...the accountant. :)

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Blogger catslady said...

When you find the answer please let me know lol. My daughter is getting married this summer and she lives over 5 hours away and the groom's family (and one bridesmaid) is from another state. The internet has helped some but it's hard.

March 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

Hmm, I didn't plan my own wedding so I have no idea. My Mother did everything! *g*

March 28, 2008 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I got married in New York when I was living in San Francisco. My father-in-law had terminal cancer so things were rushed so he could attend though unfortunately he died a few weeks before our wedding. Due to the circumstances it was a very small wedding. About 40 people and I pretty much had a weekend, maybe two back there to plan my wedding.

What I did to make things easier on myself was find a place for the reception that would do it all. They took care of not only the food and refreshments, but the flower centerpieces and the cake. This saved me lots of work and running around. The only thing I had to do for the reception was hire a pianist and the restaurant even gave me his contact info. It made life so easy!

We also found a place, an old Victorian house, that housed several wedding businesses. With one stop, we hired a limo, video guy and photographer. I just didn't have the luxury or time to do more than that. I had a recommendation from a friend of my then fiance's family for a florist and hair stylist so used those. That was it! I really didn't have the option to be picky. Luckily everyone turned out great!

We ended up having a reception in the Bay Area, too. What helped there was hiring a caterer who also acted as a wedding coordinator. She had all the contacts we needed so we had a list of people to choose from for the DJ, location, bakery, etc. That saved me trying to find people on my own!

March 28, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Sarita Leone said...

Just wanted to say I love this blog! Attractive and interesting. :)

March 29, 2008 at 4:32 AM  
Blogger Dena said...

Sorry I don't have any helpful advice. I can imagine how hard your job is right now because I do the taxes for all my family members and it sucks! I couldn't imagine doing this for a job, it's no fun at all even once a year.

March 29, 2008 at 4:47 AM  
Blogger Myrna said...

I originally thought I had plenty of time to plan my wedding but we were also planning a big trip at the same time(4 weeks--don't ask, because believe me, that will never happen again). A significant portion of that trip included camping because we couldn't afford to stay in hotels for that long , and near the end I was practically hyperventilating, planning the wedding and trying to make sure I had all the camping gear together at the same time.

I was sure I would show up at the first campground without something essential...like the tent. But it was a great trip (especially the part in Colorado where we stayed in hotels instead of the tent and treated ourselves to the gorgeous scenery). I'm sure I forgot something, because I always do, but it must not have been anything significant because I remember that as a wonderful, romantic honeymoon. Actually, I remember a lot more of the honeymoon than the wedding day, which is mostly a blur. A nice blur, though.

March 29, 2008 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Dru said...

I've never been married, but I would seek the assistance of friends and family, especially those that understand your vision and that it is your wedding.

March 29, 2008 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger limecello said...

This looks like such a fun blog - I've definitely bookmarked it! :P I thought I'd already posted a comment :X

March 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hi, everybody!

I'm Susan Meier. Audra's story is my book for the Wedding Planners continuity.

I suppose this is the point where I should confess I let my husband plan our entire wedding.

I'm grimacing but it's true. LOL

I think we're going to have a lot of fun talking about weddings for the next few months.


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