Calendar Countdown to the Big Day

Planning for your big day can bring on a lot of stress and exhaustion. You want to make sure that everything is ready and perfect. There is always that one little thing, or should I say rather big thing, that you forget about.

As a soon to be wedding planner, I want all of my clients to have a perfect wedding day with as little stress as possible. It is my job to remember all the details and make sure every piece is where it is supposed to be.

Moving in steps towards my career has been a big project, but one piece I have put together I did especially for my clients. It is a detailed calendar of what you should be working on when it comes to your wedding. It starts off with months then moves to weeks and finally days.

I collected my information from the Westchester Wedding Planner magazine as well as the Bridal Guide.

Click on the link below to view the calendar. For any questions please comment or E-mail me at

Katelyn Elizabeth Weddings Calendar


Garter Toss Songs

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  1. “Go Girl” – Pitbull ft. Young Boss and Trina
  2. “Sweet Dreams” – The Eurythmics
  3. “I Touch Myself” – The Divinyls
  4. “Strip” – Chris Brown
  5. “I Just Wanna Make Love to You” – Etta James
  6. “Fever” – Peggy Lee
  7. “Kiss” – Tom Jones
  8. “Glory Box” – Portishead
  9. “Get on Up (Sex Machine)” – James Brown
  10. And a timeless classic “The Stripper” – David Rose and his Orchestra

All of these songs and ideas came from Artisan DJs. Check them out!

Be Prepared On Your Big Day!

Ever imagine that something will break, rip, or spill on your wedding day, well I have got a list of supplies for you to have so nothing will ruin your day!

First, I would get a tackle box or Tupperware to keep all of your supplies in.

Items to have on you day:

  • Vaseline – To protect lipstick and soften any area that’s dry
  • Clothing Tape
  • Safety Pins
  • Bobby Pins
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tide-to-Go
  • Peroxide – To take out any blood stains
  • Band-Aids
  • Downy Wrinkle Release
  • Lint Roller
  • Whitening Strips
  • Lotion
  • Mini Sewing Kit
  • Razor
  • Make-Up Remover Pads
  • Super Glue
  • All Make-Up and Brushes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Listerine Pocket Breath Strips
  • Feminine Products
  • Sharpie – To write notes/reminders or cover up scuffs on a shoe
  • Tissues – For you and your bridesmaids to wrap around index finger and wipe away those tears of joy
  • Medication – This may include allergies, headaches, etc.

These are just some things to keep in mind to pack on your big day. Like I always like to say, it’s better to over prepare than under prepare.

Wedding Make-up

I know that many brides have no idea what to do with their make-up for their big day. Make-up is a very important aspect because you want to look good in your photos because those will last a lifetime.

All of us our beautiful inside and out, but I know we all want to look extra special on our big day.

The cost of getting your make-up done by a professional is quite expensive so many of us turn to the famous YouTube.

One of my friends is an amazing make-up artist and she did her own makeup for her wedding. Her husband is great with video so the two came together and they made a video of the wedding day make-up. Check it out!

I hope you enjoy. Feel free to comment!

Finding the Right Venue

Having an indoor or an outdoor wedding or reception is a big decision to make. The recent theme over the past year is the “barn wedding”, but what is the right venue for you?

There are a lot of things that one needs to consider when choosing a venue for their wedding or reception. Some but not all include:

  • The size of the venue. You need to make sure that all of your guests fit in the venue and that it is not too cramped or too spacious. 
  • Privacy. Take into consideration your surroundings and where your reception is taking place.
  • Lighting. Make sure that your venue is well lite. You do not want to feel like you are in Hollister where you cannot see six feet in front of you.
  • The acoustics or sound system of the venue. One thing that people love to do at a wedding is dance and you need to make sure that the sound system works properly and produces good quality sound.
  • The dance stage. Is it going to fit all of the guests? Do you want a dance stage?
  • Has the right theme. If you are looking for a more rustic wedding with fall colors you may want your venue outside or if you are looking for a more traditional venue maybe look for something indoors.

The barn wedding has become very popular and booming on Pinterest and elsewhere over the past year. Many people love the           rustic theme with the burlap and peach color scheme.


Jessica, a newlywed, went along the lines of a “barn wedding” and had her reception on her parents’ farm. She had her ceremony in a traditional white church up on a hill.

Some women, like Jessica, know exactly where they want their wedding and reception to be. “Choosing a wedding venue was by far the easiest component to plan”, said Jessica, “mostly because I knew where I wanted to get married at since I was about 13 years old.” Jessica’s reception was under a canopy of lights with the dance floor underneath and tables surrounding it for all the guests.


Other women are unsure yet of where they want their wedding and reception. It is okay if you are not engaged yet or newly engaged,

Many women fight with the decision of having their wedding and/or reception indoors or outdoors. Some fear that the weather will ruin their big day. That it will be too hot or too cold. “Inside is more predictable”, said Kendra, a bride to be, “It would have to be perfect weather for my wedding to be outside.”

What state are you in? If you are in a state that has very unpredictable weather, like Florida, you may want an indoor wedding.
There are definite pros and cons to having an indoor versus and outdoor wedding, but as the bride it is ultimately your decision. Here are a few things to look at when deciding whether to have your wedding and/or reception outdoors or indoors:

  • What time of year is your wedding going to take place?
  • What kind of theme is your wedding?
  • What season is it? If you have allergies this may be a big factor in deciding where your wedding/reception will be.

These are just a few things to consider when picking out your venue whether it is indoors or outdoors. Just remember that this is your big day so you make all the decisions and do what you want to do.

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