Congratulations! You’re now officially a bride-to-be, and while you’re likely showing everyone you know, and maybe people you don’t, the dazzling diamond engagement ring on your finger, there’s no time to rest. There are so many decisions to be made and only so much time to make them in.
Your wedding day is a BIG day – there’s no other way to put it. Planning a wedding can be stressful and time consuming. There are way too many plans to keep track of, and sometimes it seems as though Murphy’s Law was created especially for this specific day. However, with proper foresight, organization, and support, planning a wedding can be an experience you cherish for the rest of your life.
In case you’re already overwhelmed, we’ve put together a few “tips and tricks” to make the wedding planning process go smoothly, or at least as much as possible.
Create a timeline, and stick to it. This will keep everything on course and help you stay organized throughout the process. To help, we’ve created our own timeline to help you get started. HOF Wedding Timeline
Start early! Wedding planning should be a fun process, and with more time to plan, you will be less anxious and more relaxed.
Make a new email account specifically for wedding planning. This way, any important information about your big day will not get lost among your other emails and will be consolidated in one place.
Research, Research, Research. This will be very important in establishing exactly what you want. It is very easy to get distracted by the many different options, whether it be with dresses, shoes, vendors, or accessories. With a clear understanding of your choices, the decision making process will be less overwhelming.
Have a backup plan. A lot of the time, your first choice for cakes, flowers, dresses, or even invitations may not go as planned. Instead of stressing out, have a Plan B (or C, or D). Having multiple options is the best way to stay stress-free while still creating the day you always wanted. Also, it is extremely important to stay flexible throughout the process.
Chose a “go to” person who you can trust. This person knows every detail of the wedding, always provides helpful insight, and can help you de-stress during the process.
Less is more. Try to book as many services as possible from a single vendor, especially one who is trustworthy. This will significantly reduce the amount of people you will be responsible for on your wedding day.
Sometimes bigger is better. When looking for a wedding dress, always buy a size up. It is much easier for seamstresses to take in a dress than to let out fabric.
Work with the groom! This process may begin to seem like all your responsibility, but working with your fiancé will delegate some of the work involved and allow for more time spent together.
Practice makes perfect. Try out as many different hair and makeup styles as possible well before the big day. This will allow you to know what works and what doesn’t with enough time to solidify your look.
Location, Location, Location. Consider using one location for as much of the day as possible; this takes the stress out of transportation and saves money.
Communication is key! Having a good line of communication with your bridesmaids, your fiancé, your guests and even your vendors is important in order to deal with issues as soon as they arise.
Play it safe. Have someone you trust to listen to the speeches before the big day. Keep an element of surprise for the maid of honor and best man speeches, but have clarification that they are “event appropriate” before the actual presentation.
Schedule in as much “me time” as possible. This process is bound to get stressful, and giving yourself time to relax and not worry about the wedding will rejuvenate your attitude towards the event. Go to the spa, get some exercise in, or even cozy up to a movie with your fiancé as a way to unwind.
Go with the flow! Many problems may pop up last minute that you cannot change, but a great attitude and positive energy will still make the day a success, despite what may come your way.
Remember to relax, have fun, and cherish this time in your life!