The start of a new wedding planning year is always a great time to reflect and set yourself some new goals. Maybe you got engaged over Christmas (congratulations!), or maybe this is the year you get married, or start planning in earnest. Either way, bear these simple things in mind and you’ll be well on your way to an amazing wedding day.
I will be organised
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There’s no denying that planning your dream day involves a lot of wedmin, even if you’re having a simple celebration. We’re not saying you need a whole filing cabinet here, but to save yourself from headaches later down the line, it pays to get everything down in writing and organised in a folder on your computer or in your desk. Don’t forget to keep a To Do list somewhere you can see it, to make sure that you’re giving yourself plenty of time to organise key parts of the day.
I will stick to the budget
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The budget is one of the most important things to get sorted out early, as it’ll help you and your h2b work out everything from the date to the guest list (more on that later). Once you’ve decided on your number, stick to it! It’s inevitable that there may be some variation in prices, but there are ways to avoid going way over what you planned: do thorough research, keep every expenditure logged in a spreadsheet, DON’T try on a dress or visit a venue that you know is over budget ‘just for fun’, and invest in wedding insurance to avoid nasty surprises.
I will listen to my groom’s opinion
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We know this goes without saying, but the Bridezilla stereotype exists for a reason! Even if you’ve been dreaming about this day since you were tiny, don’t forget that your wedding should represent you as a couple. Communication is key – you should make all big decisions together, and when you ask his opinion on something, genuinely listen to it rather than simply waving off all his ideas.
I will sort out the guest list (however much I don’t want to!)
As we mentioned earlier, the guest list is an important factor in your day, and it pays to get it sorted earlier rather than later. Before you start looking at venues, have an in-depth chat with your other half about what you’re expecting from the guest list and how much you can afford to pay per head – that way you can decide venue capacity. Once you’ve done this, work out the nitty-gritty such as plus ones and children. Once you’ve made your list, keep the names in a spreadsheet and colour code them as you receive RSVPs.
I will ask for help when I need it
Planning an event this big can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t got long before the big ‘I do’. If you can feel yourself becoming stressed at just the mention of the W-word, then don’t panic – that’s what your friends and family are for! If you need help making those DIY favours, sourcing decorations or even just a shoulder to cry on, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Delegate as many jobs as you can to trusted loved ones, and wedding planning will go much more smoothly.
I will keep everything in perspective
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As always, remember that the important thing is that you’re marrying the person you love, and you’re choosing to spend the rest of your life together. Things will be stressful in the lead up to the wedding, and things will inevitably go wrong on the day (trust us!), but try to bear in mind that it’s not the end of the world. Make sure you schedule in dates with your other half or activities with friends that aren’t wedding-related, and ban all talk of the day – it’ll help you to remember that the wedding isn’t the be-all and end-all!