There is so much wedding advice floating around the Internet and on magazine shelves, unfortunately this bombardment of information can be completely overwhelming. Here are some brutally honest tips to help you with your wedding planning.
- Unless you are or are closely related to the spirit of Martha Steward, you need to pay someone to take care of all the artsy decorative stuff. If you are not the queen of D.I.Y maybe think about think hiring a professional to take care of décor, hair, and makeup… etc.
- Set the date for those who are the most important, unfortunately the date might not work for everyone… and that has to be okay. It would be amazing if everyone we’ve ever known and loved could make it, but, that is really not often possible. All you can do is do your best and realize that money doesn’t go on trees.
- Write thank-you notes as gifts come in as to notget behind. People get very offended by not receiving thank you notes, so stay on top of it.
- Stand your ground… while it’s important not to become Bridezilla,don’t be afraid to firmly say “no thanks”. Practicing this firm stance will help you say “No” to the no kids, no you cannot bring your friend and a date, no I don’t want an extra tier on my cake, no I don’t want the center piece upgrade. However, pick your battles. You might need one of these people to be your ally.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts (what’s the worst that could happen?)
- Don’t drive your bridesmaids crazy. This means don’t be asking them two years before the wedding to help you with crafts for the wedding, respect body types, respect style differences (that means forcing them to dye their hair for you isn’t air), don’t ask them to spend a fortune on your wedding. If you are the terrible bride you might get it right back when your bridesmaids get married.
- Don’t forget to plan transportation. This could mean that you are booking transportation for just the newlyweds, the bridal party, or you might be having a shuttle. You should also get in contact with a taxi service and see if they can give your guests discounts. Remember that drinking and driving is one thing that can ruin your big day.
- Have fun.