So you're getting married! Congratulations!
And if you're like most of us, you've been planning your wedding since preschool, and know what comes next! On your list; tell your parents, find a venue, create your save the dates.
You know what to do, but no one tells you what not to do, until now!
And, so it begins. You're dreaming about seating charts, flowers, not to mention, you have yet to say yes to the DRESS!
Whatever you do, don't panic! Thankfully, you have plenty of resources at your fingertips. (Hello! You found this article. :) It's super-easy to prioritize and get organized. Search anywhere on the web and you'll find helpful checklists, and, yes, there's also those wedding planning apps that send you reminders of when to do what.
Don't wait to book your venue
Most venues book at least 18 months in advance which may might mean you won't be able to pick a wedding date until you secure one. Be sure to put this on the very top of your list!
Don't be bullied
Now that you're engaged, you'll find your friends and family will have a definite opinion on everything when it comes to your wedding. They really do mean well and you can certainly listen, (they might have a few good ideas), but, what you don't want to do is settle for their vision of your wedding day.
Here's an example.
I officiated an Elopement a few months back for a couple that wanted to get married in a bar. Yes, really!
They met at a bar and decided if they were to ever get married it seemed fitting to get hitched in one. The Bride told me that she called around and no one was interested in performing an elopement ceremony because they were uncomfortable doing one in a bar setting. I can't recall, but, I think maybe her family and friends weren't very keen on the idea either.
I truly believe if she would have listened to others and settled on getting married in a more traditional way, she would have regretted giving up on what she really wanted.
Don't forget to take a break
While planning a wedding can be a little tedious, it should be fun, period.
When the planning starts to suck all the fun out of it, you're overdue for a break. Take a walk, call a friend, watch a little mindless television. Believe it or not, walking away sometimes inspire you with an aha-moment you would have never had if you didn't take a break.
Let's talk Wedding planning! What part of the process overwhelms you? Get the conversation started by commenting below.