Wedding Planning Tips
By Julie Hebert, © 2011
Planning a wedding takes time, energy and organization. So when you first get engaged, you will be excited then a little overwhelmed on where to start.
Of course there are things you are going to need to do right away. For example, picking the wedding date. Once that is has been chosen you will then be able to figure out what and when needs to be done next.
Having gone through the process of planning a wedding myself and have attending many weddings in the past, some very organized and some not at all, I would strongly recommend having a wedding planning checklist to assist you.
You may not feel as if you need this, but there are a lot of big things that need to be book accordingly and a lot of little things that can easily be forgotten. You will find if you have a checklist, you can stay organized and will be less stressed from now and until the days leading up to your wedding.
Once you have picked who you will have standing up with you and your groom/bride it will be time to take some of the responsibilities off of you and given to them. When someone is chosen as a maid of honor or best man, they expect they will be helping out with planning and some of the organization but may not know what needs to be done.
Don't be shy, this is your day and they
are there to help. So ask them! Give them a list of the
things they need to be around for, need to do or pick up for you.
Anything you feel like you would rather have someone there to help with
or do for you,
they are your man or woman.
Whatever you decide, just remember, don't try and be super woman and super man and do everything yourselves. You have a bridal party and family that would be more than happy to make this day and the days leading up to it as stress-free as possible.
If you are still feeling a little overwhelmed, maybe hiring a wedding planner wouldn't be such a bad idea.
When it comes to how much to spend or where the money is coming from, a wedding budget is a must. It is too easy to over spend on a wedding and you can go from $15,000 savings to $25,000 wedding in no time, leaving you with a $10,000 debt. One of the easiest pieces of your wedding to save on are your wedding invitations. Consider budget wedding invitations when announcing your special day to allow a larger budget on other aspects of your wedding. The worst thing to do is start your marriage off with a large financial debt! Check with family members to see if they are willing to help. Traditionally the parents of the bride would help pay for the wedding, but now a days the grooms parents will also chip in if they are financially able.
Couples themselves these days are
becoming more independent and paying for their own weddings with minimal
help from the parents. Although, if you are one of the lucky ones
that your parents are able to help, great!
This is your day, the day you and your
groom/bride become husband and wife. This is one day, but after
this day you have the rest of your lives! Relax and try and enjoy
and embrace every moment. Be in love and show it. Share your
happiness with your family and friends. And most importantly, take
a moment to reflect, this is your day!