First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are now about to begin a new chapter in your life! Weddings can be stressful if you don’t know what you want or if you have to many people around you giving you their opinions. No one ever wants to deal with a “Bridezilla”. Okay so the reality is: you’re going to be stressed out a little because you want your day to be perfect. We understand that. But we also believe that it shouldn’t be TOO stressful. Try to have fun with it. And if anything goes wrong, it’s okay, there will always be a Plan B. Always have a backup plan. So here are some helpful tips and guidelines to get your planning going smoothly for your big day!
Actually come to think about it, I’m going to break this topic in sections. There are just so many things to talk about to do (optional or must do). So let’s start with…Newly Engaged Couples:
- Before you do anything or plan anything, celebrate your engagement! Announce it to your friends and family; have a party! Go ahead, jump up and down it’s okay to be excited and thrilled!
- Some people buy a journal or even start a blog about their journey. This is actually quite helpful because you get to write down all the process of your wedding planning (good and bad moments) – I think this will be a idea because you’ll want to look back and re-live the moments or even share it w/ your friends so they won’t make the same mistakes as you did.
- Set the wedding date. You’d be surprise how hard it actually is to set a wedding date. Not only do you want a date to accommodate everyone’s schedule, you have to look into the weather / season, and most importantly the venue. So do have a couple of different dates in mind, in case the date you want is not available.
- Set a budget. Money is probably one of the touchiest subjects. So make sure you have talked this out with your fiancé and see what you two want to agree on.
- Choose your attendants and select the people for your wedding party. If you don’t know how many people you’re inviting, how are you going to find a location that will accommodate the number of your guests? So get that piece of paper and start listing your family and friends.
- Meanwhile, start thinking about whether you want a formal or casual wedding. Indoor or outdoor? Secular or religious wedding?
- Start looking for a venue for ceremony and reception. Many of the popular venues get booked fast – some get booked one year in advanced. Therefore the earlier you book the venue, the more likely you’ll get the location, the date you want it to be, and for a better cost.
- Bride and Groom’s helpers. If you want your wedding to be successful then it’s okay to ask for help. Two people just simply cannot do it alone to get the wedding executed perfectly. You can hire professional help or if you have trusted friends and family members – use them.
Once you got all that down, you should have a more solid foundation for your wedding. It is now time for the fun stuff: dresses, shoes, tuxes, flowers, food, music, wedding favors, and more! Oh, and don’t forget to keep a checklist; it’s very helpful! Check out our useful checklist right here!