So you’re engaged! Now, time to plan the wedding. More than likely you’re feeling overwhelmed from the very beginning. You have a thousand little things running through your mind and you are not sure where to start. Don’t panic. Keep these top five tips in mind and it will make your wedding planning so much easier—and more fun.
Set a budget and stick to it. This is by far the most important rule to follow. Sit down with whoever is paying for the wedding and talk about exactly how much you want to spend. Then, make a list of the expenses and ration out amounts for each item. You are bound to go off budget on a few things, but as long as you make up for them by subtracting funds from something else, all will be fine.
Book a reputable venue. When you are searching for a venue, be sure it’s one with a fantastic reputation. Do your research and look for reviews. Talk to friends… see what their experience was like with their own wedding venue. Most of all, never be afraid to ask questions. The venue might hold your ceremony and reception, so you want to pick an establishment that is experienced.
Order your wedding gown early. Many times, the wedding gown is top priority for the bride. It is of the utmost importance to order it no later than nine months before the wedding. It can take up to six months for a designer to get the gown in, and you also need time for alterations. The wedding gown is something you want “good to go” early in the planning process—it’s a big stress reliever to have your dress taken care of. Just give yourself a few weeks or even a month to shop for your dress.
Let the bridesmaids choose their dress. Brides tend to really get stressed out when it comes to choosing a bridesmaid gown for their friends and family. However, these days, it is in fashion to let the gals choose for themselves. You just need to pick the color and designer. This way, no stress for you, and the ladies will be comfortable on your wedding day. Comfortable equals calm, and that is always a good thing!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This is what family and friends are for. You simply cannot do it all by yourself. Not every bride can afford a wedding planner, so form a group of your own and put them to work!