Planning a wedding is a fantastic, wonderful, and incredibly stressful thing to do. Whether you’re planning something big and lavish or you’re determined to keep it simple, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture during the planning process. The average engagement lasts around fifteen months, which means you are likely to have a pretty full on year ahead of you. Below are some sage pieces of advice that can help keep you focused amidst the hustle and bustle of wedding fever.
Remember who it’s for
Some wedding planners like to tell couples that a wedding should be designed with the guests in mind, some even go so far as to say that the wedding should be built around them. While it’s true that you shouldn’t leave the guests out of your planning, you should always remember that the whole day is because you are getting married. You have found the person you love more than anything else in the world, and you want to spend the rest of your life with them. That is the core component of a wedding: Marriage. You can spend hours searching for the perfect Gift List for Weddings, choosing flowers, and tasting different cakes, but the whole point of the day is that you want to get married, anything else is incidental.
Stick to your budget
In the search for the perfect venue, the perfect band, and the perfect day, it can be easy to lose track of the mounting costs you have incurred. However, you should have started off with a budget, and you should stick to it. All too often, people end up putting themselves into huge amounts of debt to have a big white wedding, not for a moment thinking about the implications it will have for their marriage. The big costs are normally where money is spent wisely. The venue, catering, music etc. But the things that many couples regret spending huge amounts on are things like the programmes, the favours, and the flowers. Programmes and favours tend to get left behind, meaning that you’ve spent good money for no reason. Flowers, though beautiful, can be had cheaper if you’re willing to do a bit of arranging yourself. But the biggest thing people regret spending money on is their bridal outfit. Many discounted or second-hand dresses can be picked up for a fraction of the cost of the expensive designer options. You will only ever (hopefully) wear the dress once, so why break the bank to buy it? Many people can’t tell the difference between a dress that costs hundreds and one that costs thousands, so try to shop with a sensible head on your shoulders. Shoes are another pricey part of the outfit that, under a full-length wedding dress, will probably never be seen. You will be on your feet all day, so the main thing is that you need something that will be comfortable.
Take time to enjoy the day
The one bit of advice that is universally given to couples on their wedding day is to take a moment to sit back and take it all in. It can be stressful, running around all day trying to say hello to everyone and keeping on top of the general running. Take some time to take a break from the party and look around at everyone enjoying themselves. You don’t want to lie in bed at the end of the day and not remember the day at all because you didn’t take a break.
There you have it, three pieces of excellent advice that will help keep you on the right track to having a wedding you will remember for years to come and won’t leave you wishing you’d been a bit thriftier.