Wedding planning brings tons of excitement. All girls dream about their big day while growing up, but it’s no secret that anxiety can become your new “best friend” as you plan your nuptial. Endless lists of decisions that need to be made and deadlines that must be hit can become overwhelming, but hey, there is a solution to every problem.
The key is to stay organized from the get go. The key is to ask for help and don’t leave it all for the last minute since that will only make things harder on you right before your wedding day. That’s the time when you will really need some extra beauty sleep to get that refreshed, gorgeous glow instead of worrying about seating arrangements and the flower budget.
So let's get on it: How do you prioritize your time so that things don’t fall apart and you don’t end up running errands in a panic the week of the wedding? Here are some tips:
- Set the date. Set your budget. How much are you ready to spend? How many people would you like to invite? What style of the wedding did you imagine? Write it all down. You finally have a legit excuse to spend hours and hours on Pinterest looking for ideas and inspiration. Create boards. Save all of your ideas in one place so you can easily refresh your memory when you revisit them. Once you have decided on the venue and theme, everything else will become much easier. Do it early to take the pressure off.
If you are one of those people who loves staying on top of every single detail, then maybe you should get a wedding planner. And Oh Gosh! There are so many good ones, I feel like it could become a whole other task to choose “the one” if you aren’t careful! Narrow it down to a planner with experience and one who fits your budget. Do they have examples of past work? Try to find someone who specializes in the theme or type of wedding you imagine having.
Start working on your “save the date” cards early. This will give your guests enough time to plan everything in case they have to travel. Plus, the sooner you know who’s coming, the sooner you can hash out many of the wedding details.
Work with your partner. Remember, it’s not only your wedding. You might be the one going crazy about the details, the color of the flowers on the tables, and what picture to choose for the “save the date” cards, but at the end of the day, it is his wedding too, so you might as well team up! After all, marriage is a partnership.
Recruit your family and friends. We all know how overwhelming families can be, but they are only there to help. Don’t take away from them that one chance of helping you plan your wedding. It’s likely as special for them as it is for you.
Put your maid of honor and bridesmaids to work. You will find that some of them are more or less experienced than others, but if you trust them to stand next to you on the most important day of your life, you can trust them to help organize all of the events related to the wedding. They can help you choose the music, flowers, makeup artists and hairstylists. Think of what talent, skill or hobby each of your girls has, and find a way each one can help out.
And please! Don’t forget to have fun with it! You may want your wedding to be a fairy tale, but in the real world, things are never totally perfect and smooth. Just remember that you are marrying the love of your life and nothing can be more important than that. When it comes to wedding planning, my favorite quote is: “I want my marriage to be more beautiful than my wedding” <3