1. It takes two. Okay, maybe it takes more than two people to successfully plan a wedding. But if one thing’s for sure, the more opinions that find their way to the table, the more complicated making decisions and getting things done will become. If you’re hiring a wedding planner, then take advantage of the situation and let the professional be the one to help guide you in making final logistical decisions. If you’re planning the wedding yourself, choose your top two or three most-trusted advisors and keep wedding planning discussions limited to their opinions only.
2. The devil’s in the details. When you’re starting out on the wedding planning journey, decide up front what details matter the most and tackle those first. Rank everything else by level of importance to you, not by level of importance to anyone else. The things that matter to you the most should be nailed down post-haste and according to your own preferences.
3. Keep your friends close. No matter what, it pays to remember that a wedding is a celebration above all else. Things can get pretty crazy in the months leading up to the wedding, and it’s important that brides-to-be remember to enjoy things just the way they are. Nurture friendships with un-wedding-related activities. It might feel strange at first, but try your best to unwind over a pedicure or movie night without letting wedding talk take over. A little mental break goes a long way.
4. Keep your groom closer. Go on romantic dates with the fiancé sans too many wedding detail-discussions. The relationship is the most important thing, and it’s vital for the two of you to be able to escape wedding-planning details, no matter how small, for enough time to connect over the things that made you fall in love to begin with. The spark will only burn the brighter. Promise. Date night, anyone?
5. Don’t compare your wedding plans to anyone else’s. It’s a crazy world out there, and wedding trends have a way of putting pressure on brides to include elements they otherwise might not have even thought of, or worse, try to incorporate activities, décor or fashion they can’t really afford. The best way to avoid those particular stresses? Stay true to your truest likes and dislikes. Take pride in what makes you and your groom unique and plan a wedding as one-of-a-kind amazing as you are.
6. Don’t freak out. No matter what, there are always going to be things that don’t go as planned. This goes for the planning stage and the wedding day itself. Stay your radiant self, rain or shine, by remembering the love that inspired the event to start with. At the end of the day, it’s going to be perfect with or without all that other stuff.
Photos courtesy of Kristin Faye Photography
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