June 29, 2009, 8:30 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Planning your wedding? Stick to your decisions!


With wedding season in full swing, we thought it would be fun to have a local bride share with us her tips and tricks on doing more with less leading up to her wedding. Heather Watterworth is a Toronto smart bride knee deep in planning for her upcoming September wedding, and every week she'll be sharing loads of useful information to inspire you as you plan your own wedding.

Take it away Heather!


The countdown is officially on.

Last Thursday marked a milestone in our relatively short engagement (my fiancé only proposed in February): there’s less than 100-days to go until our wedding this September.

Planning a wedding

Unlike many gals, I haven’t been planning my wedding since I was 4, so I’ve spent the first part of our engagement figuring out exactly what kind of vibe we want our vows to have. Magazines have been purchased and torn to bits, images and ideas found online have been cut and pasted into virtual scrapbooks, and we may need to add the Toronto Public Library as a wedding registry just to pay off the fines incurred for overdue wedding-themed books.

Fines aside, the library is a great source of cheap wedding inspiration – do some research to find the best wedding guidebooks, then make use of your library card. Why spend part of your bridal budget on books you'll only use once?)

And now that we’ve finally solidified a vision for our day, it’s time to stop collecting and start doing! After all, the point of our “condensed” engagement was to keep the event manageable, intimate and understated.

So here’s Tip #1: once you’ve made a decision, stick to it! Perusing gowns and invitation themes once you’ve dished out a deposit will only start a vicious circle of coulda, woulda, and shouldas. Trust your intuition, save yourself the stress and move on to the next item on your list.

I’m crafty to the core, so in addition to the standard wedding to-dos like dress fittings and, oh yeah, securing a marriage license, I have a separate list (well, lists, really) of DIY goodness to tackle – with the goal to create a haute handmade affair that sticks to our modest budget.

From favours and floral arrangements to dessert and décor, stick around SmartBride for tips, templates and new twists on traditions as I continue the countdown week-by-week.