Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now the real fun begins as you try to navigate planning your wedding and all that comes with it. There are lists to make and boxes to check off, but it doesn’t have to be as hectic as it sounds. Just follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a smooth wedding planning adventure!
1. Get a wedding planning book. These books are packed with all the organizational tools you need to get started and stay on track during the wedding planning process. It’s a must to have a place where you can write down thoughts, ideas, and keep track of all things wedding!
2. Hire a wedding planner. If it’s in the budget a good idea is to hire a seasoned wedding planner. Whether it’s a full-service planner or a day-of coordinator, you’ll love having a key person to talk over ideas with, find the best vendors, and someone to help handle major details.
3. Wedding dress shop early. This can be the most enjoyable, yet stressful thing to do as you begin planning, so start looking early. Be open to the many styles and designers for your wedding dress in the US as you begin shopping. Book an appointment with a bridal shop and invite your favorite people along to help out. If you fall in love with a two piece mermaid wedding gown and your maid of honor loves it too, then you may have just found the perfect dress!
4. Ask for help. One of the best ways to reduce wedding planning stress is to delegate some tasks. Your friends and family want you to have a fabulous wedding day so include them in the planning stages. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.
5. Don’t neglect your relationship. With all the craziness of planning your big day, anxiety and stress can take a toll on the two of you. It’s important to stay connected so plan some date nights that don’t include wedding planning. If you find yourself bickering a little more than usual, that is a sure sign that it’s okay to put the planning on hold and spend some quality time together as a couple.
6. Plan fun days out. Make the most out of the more enjoyable things to do on your list like wedding cake tasting and menu planning outings with your mom, sisters, and friends. Keep things light and fun, grab some cocktails, and have a celebratory lunch when you decide on bridesmaids dresses.
7. Attend a bridal expo. Attending a bridal expo can be a big resource in helping you plan. There are vendors to check out like floral and, event designers, caterers, and photographers. This is a great opportunity for you to meet vendors in person and find out what they have to offer.
8. Take a break. When planning begins to take over your life and you are not enjoying the process at the moment, it may be time to take a break. Get out of town and leave all your wedding lists and plans behind. Reconnect with your fiance and enjoy your engagement without the stress of wedding planning.
So as you begin planning your big day, don’t forget to breathe and enjoy the whole planning process. Always remember the reason why you’ve started this adventure – to get to the alter and say, “I do.”