All you need is love and … the best wedding planning advice ever!
This wedding planning business can make even the most sane person a little (or lot) crazy. Where do you think the term Bridezilla came from? It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype, but here’s a list of a few key points to keep in the back of your mind, as you navigate your way to planning your big day.
- Don’t get caught up in ‘perfection’ – don’t get so obsessed with getting everything perfect, in fact some of the best moments of the day can be when things don’t go according to plan, the flower girl who lifts her skirt up to show everyone her knickers.
- Savor every moment, it will fly by quickly – take some time during the day to just breathe and take everything in. Make sure you have a little time at some part of the day to have a moment with your new husband/wife to just revel in the joy of the day.
- Prioritize – pick what are the most important elements of your wedding to you as a couple, and spend the most of your budget on those. Is it the photos, is it good music?
- You can’t/won’t please everyone – the best/worst thing about wedding planning is that everyone has an opinion. You are not going to make everyone happy, and you will do yourselves a disservice if you try to. Remember it’s your wedding day so make yourselves happy.
- Remembering whats truly important – it’s easy to get caught up in choc cake vs carrot cake, and completely forget that the weddings about you getting married to the love of your life.
- Eat and Drink – Your wedding day will absolutely fly by and it’s important to eat when you can and keep up the fluids (not just the bubbles) if you want to be able to party into the night.
- Only do things you can afford – don’t put too much pressure on yourselves financially doing things that you think you need to do just to impress your guests.
- Start early/finish early – Start the planning process as early as you can, to give yourself time to get everything done and to minimise the stress, and finish as early as you can to give yourself time to relax and enjoy this time.
- Delegate – Ask for help when you need it. Communicate clearly as a couple what your expectations/jobs are for the wedding planning process.
- Stand your ground- Don’t be pushed into something you don’t want just to keep Great Aunty Fanny happy.
- Treat your bridesmaids as you would like to be treated – Make sure you communicate your expectations to each of your bridal party, to give them a chance to decide if they’re up to the job.
- Invitations need more time than you think – Send out your invitations earlier than you think, and set your RSVP date earlier than you need to, and you’ll still need to chase some of your guests. Make it as easy as you can to RSVP for your guests.
- Have Fun – remember it’s your wedding day, enjoy it.