Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows there’s always information you walk away with after your event that makes you think, “I wish I’d known that when I was planning our wedding”! How can you keep calm and plan your wedding? We’ve compiled some golden wedding planning advice to keep in mind for your sanity.
Put Yourselves First
Don’t try to make everyone happy. While you should be considerate and act like good hosts for your guests, you need to create an event that is reflective of you as a couple. It should match your style and vibe. Make the decision based on what you both love and what feels right to you. Weddings bring about lots of opinions, but remember the reason for the day is about you two! If it makes you happy, go for it.
Choose The Right Vendors
DIY is Not Always Your Friend
Have you ever hosted a party at your home? The preparing, the decorating and the cleaning take away the fun from the host. Weddings are the same. Worrying about hand-crafting all your details, transporting them, building them and tearing down/loading them are no fun at all. Your wedding day should be spent celebrating, not working. Do you really want to do create something yourself? Focus on ONE detail and knock it out of the park! Your mom, your aunt and your entourage will thank you for not going overboard.
Something Might Go Wrong – and That’s OK
We strive to make your day as seamless and as perfect as you imagined. Inevitably, something may go wrong that is out of your control. From a rainy day, a missing flower girl basket or the limo arriving late. Accept what you cannot change. The day is going to fly by…prepare yourself for at least one thing that is not going to go as planned. Do not stress…and just go with the flow! With the right team, you may not even know when hiccups arrive. Having a coordinator on your side absorbs the stress as they act as a buffer to ensure things flow smoothly without interrupting you.
Lisa was so fantastic as our day-of-coordinator. All the advice we received coming up to our wedding was “something will go wrong, don’t stress out about it”, “it all goes by so fast”, or “I didn’t even get to eat my own cake.” With Lisa as our coordinator, none of those things were true. She went above and beyond! We both enjoyed every moment of our wedding day and (as far as we know ;)) nothing went wrong (and we got to eat lots of cake)!
-Alexa, September 2019 bride
Make a Decision – and Stick With It
Your Love Story is Unique, but Weddings Aren’t
Don’t Tell Secrets
Keep your wedding details a secret. I know you are excited about your wedding and all the wonderful, creative ideas you’ve dreamt up. However, don’t tell all. Just like a great movie, you would never want to know the whole plot before you see the movie. Save some of the surprises for your guests to experience on your special day! Some memorable examples from past weddings included a confetti canon shot off over the dance floor and evening fireworks for a grand finale.
Use the 25-year rule when you have to make a big wedding decision: Are we going to care about this on our 25th anniversary? If you think so, give it due attention. If not, let it go.
When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and there are things that you need to know. We hope these nuggets of wedding planning advice help you to keep your sanity while planning for your special day.