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Set A Budget: This is my number one rule. It is very important to have a conversation with all parties involved with the finances of your wedding. You may have one number in mind and your fiancé may have another. Sit down together and set a realistic budget that will accommodate both of your wedding day vision. You don’t want to start booking vendors to only find out someone has been spending way more than the other had in mind. This will lead to added stress and arguments that could have been avoided.
It’s Not Just Your Day: I know you’ve always hear it’s the bride’s day but the truth is it’s your day, your fiancé’s day, your parents, your bridal party’s’ and your guests’. Keep them in mind when making some of your wedding day decisions. The best way to have a wedding everyone will remember (in a good way) is to keep your guests in mind. The best parties are from the heart and planned with love. Inconveniencing your guest just so you can have what you want does not make a great party. No I'm not suggesting you compromise your dream dress but I am suggesting that you feed your guest a great meal with lots of drinks!!
Stop Looking: Once you’ve made up your mind on your wedding day vision, stop looking around at other ideas. Stay focused on your vision because you will drive yourself crazy with all the ideas that are out there. If you stray away from your vision, you will end up with a lot of ideas which translates to an inconsistent wedding vision.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff: Something may go wrong during the planning process and/or on your wedding day. Please don’t stress over it. Find a solution and move on. The bigger picture is you’ve found the love of your life and you are getting married. And this will not change if you don’t have the right shade of yellow.
SOS: I am a wedding planner so of course I will advise you to seek help with planning your wedding. Please understand it’s not because I am trying to book another client (but I won’t turn you away) it’s because I know what it takes to plan a wedding. No matter how big or small your wedding is, a helping hand will help you keep your sanity. You work, your life is changing, your mother is calling and you have life. Now you are going to add in research to find the right vendors, venue, décor, entertainment and so much more. Invest in a professional wedding planner. A professional! Not your girlfriend that just got married. She’s good for recommendations on the vendors that she used but maybe that was good for her not for you.
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