How many couples enter into their wedding planning journey with zero experience and no clue what to do? Most of them! So if you’re feeling completely clueless and overwhelmed, you aren’t alone. As a former wedding planner, there were a few lessons that even I had to learn by planning my own wedding. So, to prevent you from the stress of figuring it all out on your own, here are 5 things I wish I knew before planning my wedding.
1. Timing is everything
Wedding planning is an art that involves very delicate timing. Send out save the dates before you pick your wedding venue? You may have to uninvited a handful of guests if they just won’t fit in. Bought your wedding dress three years too early? Well, it may be out of style by the time it gets to your Big Day.
Timing really is everything and if you can nail that, wedding planning will be a breeze.
2. It’s not all about me
“Your day, your way” is still 100% true, but the experience of your guests is pretty important too. Everybody has an opinion, and I’m certainly not suggesting that you listen to every single thing that is suggested. Rather, take into account how you can make your day really special for your loved ones. The whole point is to celebrate your love with those who have supported your relationship and cheered you on. Make it great for them!
3. Don’t make decisions based on price
You get what you pay for. If you choose wedding suppliers based entirely on price, you may miss out on some really incredible suppliers who would be willing to offer a reduced rate if only you’d ask. By doing everything on the cheap, you put yourself at risk of hiring a supplier who isn’t qualified or experienced and may do more damage than good.
There are some genius ways to save money while wedding planning, but booking cheap suppliers isn’t it!
4. Trends go out of date quickly
If you’ve ever looked at your parents’ wedding photos from the 80s, you’ll know what I mean! Big hair and poofy sleeves are a dead giveaway. Instead of opting for the trendiest wedding, why not go for classic? A wedding that will stand the test of time and will still look gorgeous in photos for years to come.
5. The day flies by, no really, it does!
Every week, in our Real Wedding features, couples remind us that the day goes by really quickly. So, yes this one is a bit of a cheat because I totally knew this, but I didn’t really believe it. I mean how fast could the day go by?
There are a few really simple things you can do to be fully present and get the most out of your Big Day without feeling like it’s rushing by.
Featured image credit: White Amber Photography