Where are my 2020 brides at!? I get questions almost every day about my wedding and what we’re going to do. For those of you who don’t know my original wedding date is June 20, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. After talking to our venue, they told the deadline to postpone is basically one month out from the original date and that is exactly what we’re doing. Waiting until the last. damn. second.
Ohio’s stay at home order expires May 15th and restaurants are opening May 21st so we are basically right on the line of things being back to the new normal. Although, we still have no answers on social gatherings.
My gut was telling me to postpone since people aren’t going back to work quite yet and even if we could have it I don’t want to be the first event people go to post quarantine. Not everyone is comfortable leaving there houses quite yet so it feels like the right decision. Plus I don’t really want people wearing masks at my wedding.
Checklist for brides if you are thinking about postponing:
- Set up time to talk to your venue. I’ve found it’s more helpful over the phone than over email.
- Check with all your vendors that your back up date works before moving. I learned that a lot of your retainers you’ve already paid for are non-refundable, even during a global pandemic, so you don’t want to lose out on that money.
- What a lot of people think about that’s not that easy is not only do you have to move the date, but you also have to move the rehearsal dinner date, photographer, videographer, DJ, Cake, Hair & Make up, Nail appts etc.
- Once everything is confirmed, set up a final call with your venue to see if pricing, when final payments are due etc.
- Move hotel blocks to new dates
- Stay positive! A lot of other brides have had to postpone too so you’re not alone. This is out of your hands and will be a lot less stressful when you decide to pull the trigger and postpone.
Our new date is Sunday August 30th. Although, this might be too soon to have a social gathering. Ohio is saying if we take social distancing practices like restaurants are doing I think we should be fine, but fingers crossed out new date will work.
Hopefully this was a good resource for you! If you have any questions I’m happy to help 🙂
It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about my favorite credit cards. I’m here to tell you what I’m using to travel for nearly free in 2020.
- American Express Gold Card (I got the rose gold card which was a special offer that ran last year which I’m sure they will run again due to popular demand)
- Benefits that make the $250 annual fee worth it:
- 4x points on groceries and dining
- 1x point on all other purchases
- 3x points on airlines booked directly airlines or
- 40,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months
- $10 a month credit to Shake Shack, Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Grub Hub and more
- $100 airline credit for incidental costs like baggage fees, lounge passes, pet fees, etc. (no Wifi)
2. American Express Green Card
- Benefits that make the $150 annual fee worth it:
- 3x points on global dining and travel hotel, flights and ridesharing
- 1x point on all other purchases
- 35,000 points after you spend 3,000 in the first 3 months
- $150 away credit purchased directly through Away (this is a limited offer so hurry because the offer ends on 1/15/20!)
- $100 LoungBuddy Credit
- $100 Clear credit (you’ll only pay $9 if you are United member which is currently the cheapest way to get the pass)
I previously was using the Chase Sapphire Reserve, but I decided to downgrade this year to the Freedom Unlimited card, because I wanted to save on the pricey $450 annual fee when I was essentially getting the same benefits as the American Express Green Card.
Hopefully this post was helpful and can help you save money and make your dream trips happen!
I’ve been to San Diego before, but never done a full post about it! The good thing is that you can either drive or fly. This time we found cheap flights on Frontier for only $39 on way so less than $80 round trip which made it worth my time to fly. We went for my friend’s 30th birthday and we had soooo much fun!
Where We Stayed
We stayed in Mission Beach here, There were 10 girls total so we each paid $153 for 2 nights. It was a great location we could walk to the beach, restaurants and coffee shops.
We walked to Hot Tub Cursin, Boat Rental and rented a pontoon with a boat on it. You have to nominate a friend to be the driver, but it was so cheap! They dump the water and refill it after each use so it wasn’t gross. It was great for our big group and only $42 each for 2 hours. We brought our own towels, but they can provide towels and even ice in a cooler.
Where to Eat
Where To Go Out
There are a few different areas to go out in San Diego. Pacific Beach you could walk or take a scooter from our Airbnb. Downtown was about a 20 minute uber ride, but recommend for a Saturday night.
How We Got There
We booked pretty late about 1.5 out from our trip, but I believe we could have found a cheaper flight. We paid $590 per person roundtrip from Chicago directly to Barcelona on Norwegian airlines. This is a low cost airline so don’t expect anything free. The nice thing is you can order food, drinks and snacks directly from your seat. You just swipe your card and the attendant will bring you your food a few minutes later.
Where We Stayed
Because we were in a group of 5 we wanted to all stay together. In Europe, many hotels only allow for two people rooms either a king bed or two twin beds so we chose to stay at Airbnbs.
We stayed here for two nights and then we stayed here for two additional nights.
Sights to See
Buy tickets here ahead of time because they sell out! It was under construction a bit when we arrived via taxi. Beautiful views of the city.
The famous church you should also buy tickets ahead of time here, because they sell out too.
- Arch de Triomf
Places to Eat
Churros and THE best sangria!!
Last, you can get Tapas anywhere. They were pretty affordable you just pick out the ones you want and they heat them up for you!
So this is my third time in NYC and I can’t believe I’ve never posted about it!! My friend Keeley lives there so she did a great job planing our weekend.
First, I flew into JFK and split a taxi which was cheaper than Uber with my friend. It cost around $70 with tip in the the city to my friends apartment in West Village.
I’ve been dying to try Barry’s bootcamp. Since we don’t have it in Scottsdale I had to try during my time in NYC. The one con is it’s $30+ a class, but it’s worth it. You can even pre-order shakes so they are ready for you once you are done with the class.
Eats & Drinks
Get your steps in and head to Central Park. New York in the spring is absolutely stunning while all the flowers are blooming!