Friday, February 6, 2009

12 Stress-free
Wedding Planning Tips!

Planning a wedding? Well here are a few tips to make your wedding planning experience a little more stress-free!

1. Choose a date that is less congested for you.
Planning a wedding during a time of the year where you have a lot on your plate will only bring about more stress. Look at the calendar and pick a date that makes sense for you!

2. Get help!
Hiring a professional wedding coordinator is a great way to take a huge load off of your plate. However, if your budget doesn't allow for a professional, ask a friend to assist you with your the planning. Just keep in mind your friend is only there to help you, not take over!

3. Choose your braidmaids wisely!
Being a braidmaid or maid of honor is more than just about the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and pinning a dress for the ceremony. Your braidmaids are there to help & support you. So use them for this purpose, but choose only those you can count on. You shouldn't have to worry about what they are or aren't doing!

4. Make a list of what is important to you!
Is it the dress, place, or having everyone you know there? Whatever in the end is most important to you, should be what you spend the most time planning and budgeting for; this will help you make the most of your budget!

Bonus Tip: When budgeting remember everyone will spend the most time at your reception, than at the actual ceremony. So, you want to budget a bit more for the reception, allowing you to get the most out of your money!

5. Keep a Planner!
It's easy to forget things if you don't have them written down. Purchase a planner a take it where ever you go. Make this one of your first "wedding-to-do- things." Create a checklist of all the things you want, need, ideas, thoughts, etc. Then check them off as you go.

Bonus Tip: Dont have the money to purchase a wedding planner? Make one. A notebook with folders for all your important papers, receipts & contracts, can work just a well!

6. Payment Options!
When dealing with a caterer, be sure to ask about payment options, which will allow you to make comfortable payments up until the wedding date. It is important that you try not to add more financial responsibilities than you can handle.

Bonus Tip: If there is enough planning time, some caterers may even allow you to pay your deposit in partial payments. Remember it never hurts to ask!

7. Choose a caterer that can help with some of the planning!
No one knows weddings like a caterer. The best caterers feel that the more details they know about the wedding, the easier it will make it for them. Most caterers have their own in house planners, so if at all possible use theirs! Find out how much, additionally, it would be to use their planner to help plan the ceremony, or at least the reception. It can save you a lot of money & time!

Bonus Tip: Want to save more money? If planning the wedding yourself, ask to see a list of recommended vendors and professionals from your caterer. Don't forget to inform the caterer of your entire budget, they have great connections to Bands, DJs, Photographer, Florist, and more. Caterers are experts on finding ways to maximize your budget to fit your needs. And, of course, the only thing that beats good advice, is FREE good advice!

8. Never make assumptions!
As any lawyer would say "GET IT ALL IN WRITING!" Be sure to have a clear understanding of all contracts. Also, get in writing any additional agreements or promises. Never assume that you will receive anything or anyone will do anything other than what the contract states. Everything has a cost, so make sure you are getting exactly what you are asking for, even if you have to pay additional for it!

9. Try it on!
When first looking for a dress, it is a good idea to try all types of dresses on. You will never know how perfect that ball gown style wedding dress will compliment you until you try it on. Start wide then narrow down your search. The perfect dress may not look how you think. Afterall, it's the woman that makes the dress!

10. Keep it simple!
As tempting as it is to go overboard with every, tiny detail (because these are often the things overlooked), it's the simplest details of the wedding that are noticed. Therefore, put your money where it counts!

11. Take one day at a time!
It is essential to enjoy each moment as it comes and stay focused on what's important. The engagement will be over soon, and the "wedding" will pass even sooner. Enjoy this particular moment, NOW!

12. Remember: IT IS YOUR DAY!
It may sound a little selfish, but in the end the only thing that should matter is the Bride & Groom. By nature something is almost guanteed not to go as planned, but as long as he's there waiting at the end of the isle, your wedding day will be perfect!

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