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You’ll know what stuff you’re made of as soon as you start planning for a wedding. It’s supposed to be a joyous occasion, and you can’t help but hope that it will live up to what you want or to the expectations of your guests and loved ones. Whether you’re trying to save by planning it by yourself or you want to personalize your special day to your own taste, there are steps you can take to make the process easier.
Many people think that it’s nothing more than just making a list. If you believe this, you will quickly be proven wrong as soon as you start checking off the list. Other factors, like staying within the budget and not having the right things available, can quickly add up to your stress, so instead of thinking it is as complicated as it should be, learn to compromise.
Here are some tips to help you plan your wedding.
Create a Timeline
Coming up with a list is inevitable because you need to take note of the things you need to do, and it can get long. Unless you have a super memory and you can memorize every item, then you’re gonna have to use the old pen-and-paper route or go digital to keep tabs on everything. With that said, a list can look a little too stationary, so it’s best to create a wedding timeline to make a process or a visual representation of your tasks ahead.
When you follow a timeline, it can be easy to track your progress and check if things have been done according to plan. Everything is more manageable when you have a tangible chart because you can just move things that aren’t working out for later. Compared to writing down notes that you will easily miss, using the visual chart will lessen your worry about missing things.
With your timeline, you should be able to curate your list of priorities to help you zero in on things you need to focus on. It will be easier to stay in budget if you have one especially if you know what to prioritize on.
If you want something unique but don’t necessarily want to emulate something you found on the internet, you can create vision and/or mood boards to help you out. It will be overwhelming at first especially if you take some inspirations from Pinterest, blogs, and bridal mags, but once you’ve sorted it out, you’ll be surprised with what you can come up with.
Plan Together with Your Partner
It’s 2018; you don’t have to plan anything single-handedly when you have the option to turn to your partner for help. The wedding planning process is always stressful, so it makes sense to have some backup in order to prevent you from burning out on the actual day, which will make you unable to enjoy all your hard work.
This way, you will be able to communicate directly about your choices for the venue, date, flowers, dresses, themes, and all things wedding-related. While on the topic of choices, if you’re on a budget, it is actually cheaper to buy your wedding rings in a set, and some may be bundled in a two for the price of one, which is always welcome, so you can spend the extra money somewhere.
Get Tips from Recently Married Friends
If you’ve attended weddings in the past few months, then those couples may have gone through what you are going through now. If you found something that you liked at their wedding or have some questions regarding some services, it’s not a bad idea to talk to them about it.
They may even give you good advice and tips and maybe direct you to people who may give you good deals simply because you’re friends with them. Don’t forget to thank them properly once you’ve gotten around everything.
They may also tell you if you don't already know that your entourage is important and you should show your appreciation to them too. If you want to be more traditional, the groom can get his boys inexpensive groomsmen gifts that can be personalized to his tastes and the bride can treat her girls to some spa and wine. It depends on the couple on how they want to show their gratitude so it really depends on you how big or simple you wanna go. Sometimes, a simple handwritten will suffice.
Plan Alternative Scenarios
Reality kinda sucks, but it’s true that it is possible for something to go wrong on the day. It’s really heartbreaking to do all the work for your plans but it gets ruined because of some inevitable circumstance or unlikely timing. Of course, not everyone experiences it, but it helps if you have a plan B in case something goes awry.
One of the greatest examples of inevitability not going in your favor is if you’re holding an outdoor wedding and, despite the forecast saying it will be sunny all day, a massive rainstorm approaches out of nowhere. When something like this happens, look for some temporary shelter where you and all your guests can run to during the first drops of rain.
Another alternative is to rent some tents even if it gets in the way of your preferred aesthetics, or if you can, find a way to make the tent seamless with your decors to make it look like you purposely made it look like that.
Put Personal Touches
In the flurry and chaos that is wedding planning, it may be a little hard to put most of your focus on one thing, but hear this out. While weddings are generally held for the family and friends, it is ultimately about you and your partner. Take some time to put personal touches to your ceremony and celebration because, despite all the dresses, glamour, bouquets, and food, it will remind people that all of you are gathered that day for your long-awaited union.
You don’t have to do grand gestures or be over the top with personal touches. It can be as little as handwritten notes, party favors that include your favorite things, the song of the first dance, and so on.
If your little touches involve a little bit of DIY here and there, it helps to have a stock of wholesale craft materials on the ready so you don’t have to go back to the store for every little thing you forgot. The great thing about getting things in bulk is that you save a lot of money as well.
Don’t Forget to Breathe
Remember to take it easy and breathe. It may feel like you’re running a marathon for the weeks of your wedding planning, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you ask for help when you need it, you don’t have to do everything by yourself. Leave some time for yourself, and if you are in need of pampering, do it.
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