Couples today have longer engagements than their parents. With the cost of weddings rocketing, many newly engaged couples need extra time to plan and save. And while a year or two passing between engagement and marriage isn't too long, for a bride or groom looking to hold onto the excitement, that time feels like an eternity.
The fact is, before your year mark there isn't much you can do, as you're waiting on guest counts and finalized details. You’re ready to make your wedding decor and get your food stations together now, but a few other factors need to fall into place first. If the itch to craft for your big day won’t go away, there are a few projects you can begin to keep you excited for the new venture in your lives together. Get started on these today:
After you get engaged, you’re pretty pumped to let the whole world know. If you establish a date (which you should do ASAP) you can get started on designing save-the-dates. While you could, of course, stamp and stencil cardstock to send out, there are also online printers that can help you dream up the perfect announcement!
If you're excited to get started on a project for your wedding, begin with a guestbook. This sentimental wedding keepsake can be personalized in a number of ways. You could pull together a scrapbook of photos from you and your spouse-to-be's pasts and weave them through pages to tell your story as a couple. Just don't forget to leave guests room to write their well wishes!
Gifts for the Bridal Party
To create DIY presents for your bridal party, you need time — especially if there are a lot of them. For the women in your party, you could pull together pamper baskets full of herbal tea and homemade spa products as a way to take care of the ladies who took care of you. For the fellas, try doing personally etched glass beer mugs or make cufflinks that they'll get great use out of.