Wedding season is here!
Whether you are newly engaged or about to walk down the aisle, we have three tips for you. I have worked in the wedding industry for the last three years. I have planned a wedding in the middle of a world pandemic, and I've helped lots of couples navigate the big scary world of wedding planning.
So grab your planners and some butter mints and let’s go.
1. Make a Backup plan
Now I am not talking about having backup dresses and everything, but you need a plan in place if you have to compromise on something because of budget or timing. This makes it so you don’t feel like you are losing your dream. For example, if you want tulips for your wedding, you will want to get married in the Spring because that is when they are in bloom. But if you dream of getting married in the Fall, then maybe look at some other flowers that will suffice your love of tulips. That will be helpful if plan A doesn't work out.
It’s also helpful to have a backup plan if you start seeing other brides and grooms with the same ideas as you. With the invention of Pinterest, everyone in the world has access to the same things. We have colors that are trending and styles that are what everyone wants. Create a backup plan so that if you need to change ideas, you aren’t back at square one.
2. Have a support system.
Let me say it louder for those in the back, THIS IS YOUR WEDDING!!! This isn’t for your mother’s best friend who would rather go to Scottsdale. This isn’t for the pushy salesperson that hates the fitted dresses. This is yours and your fiancé's wedding. This is your day. Your word is stone. That doesn’t mean when you face opposition you won’t feel the pressure, but have those few people that you can call to remind you of your vision and your dreams.
Support systems are the cornerstone of weddings. Your trusted friends and family will be in your camp and speak for you if you can’t. Don’t be afraid to rely on them!
3. Know your budget
This is crucial. Believe it or not, there are ways to have your dream wedding without going into a lot of debt. But you have to know your budget and also share that budget with those involved. Knowing and sharing your budget with your support system helps you not feel the need to sacrifice your wedding budget to fit someone else’s needs. It also gives you the ability to look at the offer objectively and see it for what it is. There are a lot of freebies with extras that add up. Knowing your wallet and your budget will be able to give you the ability to prioritize your list on what you want to spend a lot of money on and what you can go without.
Now go shop for the dress, the flowers, and the tuxedos. Be happy, have your dream, and most importantly… eat a lot of cake too.
Happy Wedding Planning!
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