Hey, everyone! For those of you who do not know I am getting married this upcoming November. Now that September is about halfway over and the planning is nearly complete, I have complied a short list of tips for wedding planning. These are some things I wish I thought about sooner rather than later.
Don’t sweat the registry.
Creating our registry was one of the most stressful things about the wedding. Why? I felt pressured to pick out everything for our future home in one or two afternoons. At the end of the day, anything can be exchanged or returned. What if we decide we don’t want navy bathroom towels? Exchange ’em. What if these plates aren’t exactly what I’m looking for? Exchange ’em. The registry is a great way to get an idea of what you want without concrete commitment. We went through Bed Bath & Beyond and they were extremely helpful and kept reminding us that if we decide, for instance, we do not need four different coffee makers, we can return or exchange them. (By the way, yes. I had a lot of coffee making devices on the registry! What can I say?)
Get the guest list and invitations finished as soon as you pick a venue.
We waited so long for the invitations and almost missed the proper window! Honestly, I underestimated how long different companies would take to create our invites. Picking them out was not difficult, and there are so many different styles, papers, fonts, etc., to choose from! We went to The Paper in Shrewsbury, New Jersey for our invites and they were so helpful and kind throughout the entire process!
Do not worry about a Pinterest-worthy wedding.
Okay, Pinterest has been my best friend throughout the wedding planning process. There are tons of makeup pictures, hairstyles, bridal shower games, wedding favor ideas, etc. These are all great things! But don’t get bogged down by insane details at some weddings. Keep in mind practicality, budget, and what the venue allows you to do. Our theme kind of happened accidentally by nature of where our venue is located. Take advantage of the natural setting and time of year.
Don’t freak out the first time you see your wedding dress after it’s been ordered.
This was a huge one for me! I was so excited after I picked out my wedding dress, and I’m so excited to wear it on my wedding day. After choosing my dress I didn’t even think about it until it arrived for pickup. When I went to the first fitting, I was immediately very anxious. Without giving details of the dress away, it needed alterations. But every dress does. After speaking to the seamstress and seeing her work I felt so much better and I am so excited to wear the dress come November!
You can’t please everyone.
I don’t mean to sound standoffish when I say this! It’s just a fact. Not everyone is going to like the flavor cake you and your fiancé choose. Not everyone likes peonies. Not everyone like a band better than a DJ. The only thing you can really do is try to throw the best party possible to make sure everyone is having fun. Everyone has different tastes. Don’t let that discourage you or make you feel like you’re not doing enough!
Seriously. The entire wedding planning process should not feel like a chore. You’re spending the rest of your life with your best friend, and planning a party to celebrate that commitment!