Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples: Amanda Cursaro

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Amanda and her husband, Ilario, were married in October of 2007 – they like to think they started the trend of Fall weddings. While planning their Northwest Ohio wedding from their then-home in North Carolina, Amanda realized her passion for weddings and the absolute need for an extra set of hands during planning. Amanda started Baci Designer – a custom stationery and event design boutique – in January of 2008 and has been helping couples make their wedding day special ever since. Amanda and Ilario currently reside in Ohio with their handsome devil of a son, Greyson, and their giant, fluffy cat, Morris. Today, Katie's sharing her own wedding planning experience.

Amanda
and her husband, Ilario, were married in October of 2007  – they like to
think they started the trend of Fall weddings. While planning their
Northwest Ohio wedding from their then-home in North Carolina, Amanda realized
her passion for weddings and the absolute need for an extra set of hands
during planning. Amanda started Baci Designer
a custom stationery and event design boutique – in January of 2008 and has been
helping couples make their wedding day special ever since. Amanda and
Ilario currently reside in Ohio with their handsome devil of a son, Greyson,
and their giant, fluffy cat, Morris. Today, Amanda's sharing her wedding planning experience.

Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples: Amanda Cursaro
Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples: Amanda Cursaro
Headshot Courtesy of: Arielle Doneson Photography

Amanda remembers her wedding day as, "AMAZING!! Though unless the roof literally caves in how could it not be the most
spectacular day of your life? Little
things may go astray, but as long as you’re standing together at the end of the
day as husband and wife or wife and wife, husband and husband that is all that
matters – the day is amazing."

Read on for an exclusive interview with Amanda of Baci Designer and her "Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples"… 

How
long after your got engaged did you begin planning the wedding?

Right
away, but after a month or so of planning I took a break to bask in the
sunlight of engagement-ness. Planning
and planning and planning can be stressful, always remember to take a break and
enjoy! If something in particular
totally debunks you, hire a professional.
Many, like myself, offer consultation hours
that can set you on the right track without busting your budget.

Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples: Amanda Cursaro
Image Courtesy of: Brandy J
Photography

How
did you determine the wedding’s budget and who contributed what?

My
parents were the main contributors and, as it happens with most parents who
haven’t been married in a very long time, we had to educate them on a lot of
things price-wise. The best thing my mom
did was chat with other moms in the area who had just married off their children
– that opened her eyes to a lot of things! In fact, I remember her calling me one day asking for the photographer’s
contract because she realized how affordable their prices were for their
amazing quality and wanted to send it in right away!

I
also grew up in a very rural area where weddings are super low-key, while my
husband grew up in an Italian family that carried many formal traditions in
their weddings and the two of us wanted a unique wedding style all our own –
meshing the three together meant we paid for a few things that we wanted and my
mother-in-law paid for chair covers (something she wanted).

When
you discussed the wedding, what 5 things where most important to the two of
you?

  1. Photography
  2. Stationery
  3. Music
  4. Personalization
  5. Timelessness

How
did you incorporate those 5 things into your wedding?

  1. Our
    photographer was the largest part of our budget, mostly because I wanted a very
    specific look (photojournalistic, which was a pretty new thing at the time) and
    wanted to ensure the photos were ones I could look back on forever and be
    totally happy about them. Almost six
    years later I still love looking back at our photos!
  2. As
    for stationery, having a creative background I new I didn’t want to just choose
    something out of a book so we met with a custom stationer. The experience we had was downright awful so
    I ended up creating them myself. . . and here I am today, a custom stationer
    myself!
  3. For
    music, we made the common mistake of hiring someone who was a “professional” on
    the side (Note: No true professional
    just does it on the side). We spent days
    putting together all of the special songs we wanted incorporated, even
    providing them to our DJ on a disc only to have several of them get skipped
    because he wasn’t prepared. Major bummer
    and truly the only thing I wish we could do over (that and hire a
    videographer!)!
  4. Since
    I ended up creating our stationery myself I was able to personalize every
    little bit of our big day – from our custom monogram on the doors entering the
    ceremony and reception to the napkins embossed with our first dance song title,
    each piece reflected us as a couple.
  5. While
    planning our wedding, I kept thinking, “In 20 years, I don’t want to regret
    these decisions.” With each choice we
    made we thought about how we would feel about it down the road. Nothing too trendy, nothing too modern – our
    wedding was perfectly timeless!

Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples: Amanda Cursaro
Image Courtesy of: Brandy J
Photography

Did
you register for gifts and was it a good experience?

We
did register for gifts and it was certainly an interesting experience! First of all, I created one registry only to
have it mysteriously disappear with no record of it ever having been created. Then we had issues with returning things
after the wedding at another store.

However, I couldn’t have been happier with Bed, Bath and Beyond. Almost two years after we had been married I
finally opened our “fancy” flatware that we had received as a gift (we had
moved shortly after our wedding and only then had a reason to use it) and
pieces were missing and some had obviously been used. It was devastated (and grossed out!), but BBB
let me return it and walk right out with a brand new set. Now that is impeccable customer service!

Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples: Amanda Cursaro
Image Courtesy of: Brandy J
Photography

Could
you share some wedding planning advice for newly engaged couples?

Just
enjoy, plain and simple. Take time for
the two of you that day to really breathe it all in. Also, eat your dinner first and while
everyone else is munching away visit the guest tables – it’s the best time to
squeeze it in so you aren’t missing out on all the fun on the dance floor
later!

Could
you share your favorite photo from the day and tell us why you love it?

Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples: Amanda Cursaro
Image Courtesy of: Brandy J
Photography

There
are so many favorites that it is hard to choose, but I love this one because
we’re just perfectly happy! That’s what
it is really all about!

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Thank you, Amanda! I loved how you suggested couples "eat your dinner first" before greeting guests – so many forget to eat on their wedding day . Be
sure to
follow Amanda over on her blog, Baci Designer!

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