No matter how you look at it, planning a wedding is stressful. From selecting the perfect venue to picking your show-stopping dress, things can get out of hand if you don’t plan far enough in advance. So, to help you plan your big day to a tee, here are fifteen important tips to bear in mind.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear this tip! But if you often procrastinate, getting started on your wedding as early as possible is so important. The sooner you start your preparations, the easier the entire process will be. Even if your date is years into the future, you can’t start your wedding plans early enough.
Most brides have one thing on their minds from the very start of the planning process - the dress. Fortunately for you, we’ve got so many stunning wedding dresses for you to choose from, catering to all preferences and quirks. The dress will make or break your day, so find your dream outfit from the very start.
Keep your partner in the loop
You and your groom are the two most important people at the wedding. So, don’t unintentionally leave your partner out. You can keep your partner in the loop by getting them involved in as many of the plans as possible, and your day will be even more special as a result of your efforts.
Stick to the budget
Budgets are boring; there’s no getting away from it. But that being said, they’re really important. If you get carried away with your finances and ignore the budget, you will add a lot of unnecessary stress to the planning process.
Ask for second opinions
During the wedding planning process, you will be bombarded with decisions about your big day. This can convolute your thinking, making it difficult to make the right choice. As such, don’t be afraid of asking your bridal party for their thoughts on certain choices - they will appreciate being asked!
Keep a checklist
When you’re responsible for so many jobs, it’s really easy to get bogged down. So, keeping a simple checklist or journal will help you as you keep on top of the jobs that you need to complete ahead of the day. When you feel overwhelmed, you can check in with your list and work through it at your own pace.
Set the date
The sooner you get the date in the diary, the better. It helps you with booking things and making arrangements, which you might easily put off if you don’t commit to the date.
Think about your guest list
Although the dress, venue, and reception are integral aspects of your big day, nothing is more important than the people who attend your celebration. Therefore, it pays to sit down and think about how many people you want to invite. You might be keen on an adults-only ceremony or a really small event. After all, it’s your day, so it’s entirely up to you who you invite.
Maintain a plan B
You’re playing with fire if you don’t have a plan B when planning your wedding. A backup plan is your safety net, and if something falls through for whatever reason, you have a viable alternative waiting in the wings.
Consider the area around your venue
Before you sign up for a venue, it’s a good idea to walk around the local area to get a feel for the location. Whether it’s out of state or near to home, you will get a gut feeling about the place. If it feels good, then it’s a winner!
Don’t burn yourself out
Wedding planning can feel like a full-time job. If you want your big day to be special for all the right reasons, you need to treat yourself well. You should give yourself some time off from the planning process instead of burning yourself out - this approach will help in the long run.
Look online for inspiration
Pinterest and Instagram are ideal platforms on which to find inspiration for your big day. You will find gorgeous design concepts and wedding tips that you can incorporate into your planning. The more sources of inspiration you find, the more magical your day will be.
Plan for the photos
There are so many wedding photographers out there, so you need to do your research. Your wedding pictures will be with you forever, so you need to choose a photographer who understands you. As such, schedule some meetings with several photographers before settling on the ideal person for the job.
Chat to your married friends
Before you start your wedding planning, consider chatting things through with your married friends. They can offer real-life perspectives to your plans and are a great source of advice and information when you’re struggling with something.
Last but not least, you need to enjoy it! Your wedding is likely to be the most memorable day of your life, so you need to embrace and enjoy the plans. After all, if you’re not enjoying it, what’s the point of getting married in the first place?
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