It was February, I was chatting with one of my booked couples for the year. During the conversation, the bride in this case, said “is it bad I haven’t event started planning yet? There is just so much to do and I feel like I have plenty of time!” Quickly after I made a note to myself to write about this at some point! Well the time has come and I want to share some things that I wish I had known when I planned. So I put together four things about wedding planning to know at the beginning!
Don’t download that wedding app yet!
I LOVE how helpful the wedding planning apps are. They can keep you on track to ensure all the to do items are knocked off your list. However, they can also feel like you need to hurry up and get a HUGE list of things done. At some times make you feel like you aren’t doing enough. With that said, don’t rush to add it to your phone JUST yet! Leave some time to CELEBRATE with your fiance and the people you love! This time you only get to have once, and you have to make sure to soak it all in! When you are done celebrating then download this wedding app! It is one of my top favorites!
Be honest with each other!
You are going to be making decisions about how to spend money, who to invite and the vision you see for your day. You’re going to find that anyone who is financially responsible for the costs of your wedding will have unique thoughts on your day. Having open communication with each other, and your parents is going to be key! Get on the same page early with everyone about guest list and where funds will be distributed too. Keep in mind items like your venue, catering, photographer, videographer, florist & music (DJ/band) are going to make up the bulk of your priority list.
Prioritize your to-do list
You’re going to find through this process there are going to be times of busyness and times of lulls. At the beginning you’re going to find you have a lot to get done and it is going to feel like you’re on hyper drive. Just remember not everything has to be done immediately. You don’t have to follow every single norm for weddings either. You don’t have to send save the dates. Your engagement photos don’t have to be done as soon as you get engaged. Unless you’re planning a wedding in 6 months or less (which is possible!) you have time. To help you manage ALL the things you need to do I created a wedding planning checklist that you can print! This will help keep you on track, but also give you a reference as you move through all your to do list!
Do what YOU want!
This is YOUR day! After the dress goes in a box, your florals have been handed off to guests and your photos are delivered you should look back on your day in complete happiness. Take some time to think about what you REALLY want for your day! If you don’t want to have a big bridal party, then don’t! If you don’t want to cut cake, don’t cut a cake. Maybe you’re considering doing a brunch wedding! Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner! The best part of a wedding is that none of them are the same! Oh and remember Pinterest should be used as a place of inspiration. Don’t use it as a permanent guide map for your day.
With all this said I am so excited for you! I hope you find these four things about wedding planning helpful! This is such an eventful time for everyone! Wedding days are one of my favorite events, solely because it means you’re starting your family! The two of you are joining your lives together to create a family of your own. There are not many events in your life this big, so enjoy and celebrate every single step of the way!
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