Here's how the story goes, I started Physician Assistant school in July of 2017 happy as ever but busy as ever. My boyfriend and I had celebrated our 3 year anniversary before school began and things finally felt settled in. September rolls around and my then boyfriend completely surprised me by asking me to become his wife and be with him forever. It was a truly beautiful time and we decided to tie the knot after my didactic year was completed, and immediately before clinical year was set to begin, which gave us exactly 1 week to get married AND go on a honeymoon!
Many people were shocked when we said we were going for our date, June 24 2018. Some offered good advice, while others would tell me there's no way they could do it. Thankfully, we did make it to our beautiful wedding date but that was not without the help of some key people in my life!
So here are my top 3 pieces of advice to planning a wedding while in any medical program:
1. HIGHLY consider a wedding planner
I would honestly suggest that anyone planning a wedding who is not extremely type A, detail oriented, or experienced in planning events to consider a wedding planner. Their whole purpose is to ensure that your big day runs smoothly.
There are different levels of wedding planners.
There are wedding DAY coordinators who will contact and coordinate with you briefly before the wedding day, but their main job is to ensure the wedding DAY itself goes smoothly with vendors, guests, etc.
There are more involved wedding planners who are with you from the beginning and are guiding you along the way from dress shopping, engagement parties, bridal showers, choosing a venue, flowers, caterers, photography and everything else in between. We chose this option in a family friend!
My wedding planner gave me and my fiancé a very long, very detailed to-do list with some due dates. This was extremely helpful because it kept us on track!
2. Have a HIGHLY SUPPORTIVE support system in family/friends
There is no way I could've been as ~genuinely~ stress free as I was without my amazing mother, sister, and girlfriends helping me along the way. My mom took a big lead in communicating with the wedding planner and helped a ton with helping me find my venue! My sister and mom planned bridal showers and bachelorette parties with my girlfriends help and everything went as perfect as it could've gone. For that I'm so blessed!
3. Designate specific time for wedding planning outside of school time
It was very important to me to continue to do well in PA school while planning this wedding. I would often have a set time off from school work where I would do only wedding planning activities so that I wasn't distracting myself during class or at the library while studying. Every once in a while I would browse through lulus.com or Nordstrom looking for a the perfect white dress for a party but what can I say, I'm human lol.
At the end of the day, my dream wedding to my dream man came to pass! Beautifully, at that! I'm thankful for a wonderful support in my family and friends as well as my husband. Life came at ya quickly, and here I am 5 months away from graduation! It has been a whirlwind, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Now, here's a few photos from my favorite day ever!