Whether or not you loved your wedding (that is if you even had one at all), there’s no doubt that planning for “the big day” can be boot camp for all the big events in your future. And now that you’re pregnant, guess what--you’ve got another “big day” right around the corner. Even if your wedding was a 500-person 4-day affair, for some reason planning your nuptials seems a heck of lot less overwhelming than planning for the new little one coming down the pipeline.
Not to worry, mama-to-be. Marissa Gibbons, chief executive of the new luxe wedding website company Riley & Grey, says that like weddings, planning for pregnancy and baby should be all about figuring out what’s right for you. “It’s a big, overwhelming industry with lots of products, so sometimes it can be easy to just pick the most popular products or whatever’s right in front of you. I try to take a deep breath and think about what I actually want, and then I can usually find it with just a little bit of Googling.”
Riley & Grey is proof positive that there’s more out there than whatever everyone else seems to be doing. The custom wedding-website design platform lets couples create exactly what they want online to represent their personal style, rather than using the same generic web template as every other soon-to-be-wedded couple.
Gibbons, whose first girl is due later this month, says that staying true to yourself is as applicable for wedding planning as it is to being pregnant or a parent. “From what I’ve heard, it’s not always easy to stay in touch with your own identity as a parent, so I’m practicing now!”
And if all else fails, just take a look at your wedding style for inspiration, or maybe the wedding you would have or could have if you followed your own inner compass. Below, Gibbons gets us daydreaming….and planning...for the perfect “big event.”