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The question has been popped, and the answer was yes. You are getting married. Your life will never be the same, and for the months in the run-up to your marriage ceremony, it will be chaos.
You’ll want to start thinking about wedding planning and ideas straight away. There is no time like the present when it comes to getting a head start on preparing for your big day. Some things will take longer than others to finish. You may find that you end up chasing up vendors who you have placed orders, or made bookings, with. And there will be a great deal of stress to have to deal with.
To Hire A Wedding Planner, Or Not
A professional wedding planner can take a lot of the stress out of the proceedings. They will know everything that you need and can chase all of your vendors in the run-up to the big day. You’ll get someone with strong communication skills, who may be able to persuade suppliers and venues to drop their prices too.
Handing over many essential jobs to someone that you don’t know can be daunting, though. You will need to trust this task with someone who may not know you so well. Make sure if you do hire a wedding planner, that they have a great understanding of what it is that you want. You’ll also need to pick someone that you can get on well with too.
Dealing With The Stress
Firstly, when it comes to wedding planning stress, you need to get the help of those around you. Ask the bridesmaids or the best man for help with as much as you possibly can. Get your close friends and family members on board early on, and have them hunt down items for the big day, or get them crafting decorations or wedding favors.
Secondly, if you are feeling the strain, take some time away from it all. If things get on top of you, think about taking a couple of days away somewhere. You don’t need to go anywhere extravagant; you just need a break.
There is never a more critical time to practice self-care than on the run-up to one of the most important days of your life. Try and include some relaxing meditation in your day to day life.
Try and get everything done well in advance of your wedding day. The longer you allow for things to get done in, the less you will have to do right before the wedding. There is nothing more stressful than having lots left to do right at the end. It can be touch-and-go a lot of the time when things are left quite late.
Booking The Venue
The first thing that you will need to do is set a date and find a venue that is available on that date. If the venue is more significant to you than the date, you may need to be flexible about when you get married. Weddings can book up years in advance, so get your venues for the ceremony and reception booked in.
Don’t be afraid to haggle when it comes to getting a reception venue. When it comes to weddings, there is a lot of money to be made for businesses. Often, the prices for a wedding party are much higher than those of a regular function. Try and negotiate discounts, freebies, and extras. Many venues have bartering tools at their disposal; they are just waiting for you actually to ask what they can do for you.
Hiring A Wedding Photographer
Getting the best photographer you can afford is really important. You may think that it’s a great idea to save some money on the photos. But, if you want to be able to look back on the day and enjoy the happy memories, it’s going to be much easier to do this with a beautiful photo, rather than something that has had little effort put into it.
A wedding photographer who is worth their salt will be with you throughout the entire day. They will take countless photos, and will get pictures of everyone who is important in your life. Once the day is over, they will spend many hours editing the images so that they are all as perfect as they can be.
Paying for a photographer who promises all of this, for a very small amount, will mean that they will not spend as long perfecting your images.
Budget a reasonable proportion of your overall spend on hiring the best photographer that you can find. Make sure you are happy with their portfolio, and also with them as a person.
Again, a wedding photographer can book up very far in advance, so getting your date in their diary is crucial.
Buy Your Outfit As Early As Possible
One of the things that you may find the most stressful is choosing and buying your outfits. Getting the exact look that you want takes a lot of hunting down items and trying them on. Allow yourself as much time as possible to get everything, and assume that you won’t find anything that you are looking for on the first few shopping attempts.
Enlist the help of some friends whose opinions you really trust. Make sure you let them know what your concepts might be for the style that you are going for. Get them to look at your clothes and give their honest feedback.
Make, Don’t Buy
When it comes to wedding decorations and favors, nothing beats the personal touch. By creating your own items, you will not only save a lot of money, but you will also put your own stamp on your day.
You will find lots of suggestions on sites such as Pinterest. Often you’ll find step-by-step guides that make it very easy for you.
The sense of achievement at seeing your creation come together when you set up your wedding venue can be exciting and is something to be proud of.
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