Plan your wedding like a pro
Planning and creativity are essential to a successful (and affordable) wedding ceremony. Contrary to popular belief, planning your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. The key is to start planning early, stay organized, and don’t be afraid to include your friends and family for support, advice, and additional creativity.
Setting a budget
Setting a budget is the first step. Remain realistic, don’t put it on a credit card (high interest rates), and keep your fantasies under control. Work together with your partner – obviously (hopefully) you should be flexible with each other’s wishes, and compromise on pricier items, or find a creative way to do what you want for cheaper. If family members are offering funding, don’t be afraid to discuss specifics and their limits. If you have something specific in mind that is over their budget, be honest and prepared to cover the gap.
The more time you have, the less stressed you are going to be, and the more time you will have to find sales and come up with do-it-yourself options for decorations, centerpieces, flowers, invitations, dresses, food, music, etc. Focus on completing one task at a time and pace yourself so you’re steadily making progress. Also, venues often need to be booked far in advance. Try to have several options in case your first choice is not available.
Organization is key. One of my former roommates had a 5 inch binder, with color coded tabs for each area of planning. She was definitely the least stressed bride I’ve known. You can also use wedding software, planning apps, wedding websites, google docs, etc., but try to keep your records confined to one program or system, so that information doesn’t get lost or missed. If you plan one area at a time, you can check off your tasks so that you are confident and aware of your progress.
You might have had your dream wedding planned since you were young, but you are not the same person. Life has changed you, and that’s a good thing. You’ve learned and adapted from what life threw at you. Learn to adapt with your wedding plans. Just because one idea doesn’t pan out doesn’t mean that things are ruined, try and replace it with an even better idea. Be creative, read, look at pictures, get advice from friends and family, and you can turn your wedding into the fantasy that you haven’t even imagined yet.