My birthday is in a couple of days, which always makes me excited. I love my birthday! It also reminds me of getting engaged as my husband surprised me three years ago on my birthday by asking me to marry him. There was sushi, birthday presents and a surprised engagement party after I said yes.
As I’m sure all brides will tell you, my wedding was lots of hard work but totally amazing. I did most of the planning myself with help from my bridesmaid and family.
My photographer also submitted some of our photos to Wedding Bells magazine and we were featured on the website! See the link here.
Here is my top tips for wedding planning:
1. Get the dress first, especially if you have a short engagement. My engagement was about six months so I had just enough time to order what I wanted from the bridal shop. My friend who had just four months to plan her wedding had to buy off the rack, which means you are limited to the in-store selection.
2. Don’t take too many ppl when picking out your dress. Everyone has an opinion (as I’m sure you’ve seen from Say Yes to the Dress) and you’ll want to please everyone and get frustrated and confused. Also, lots of the stores don’t have tons of room and your group will be squished into a corner.
3. Get the best photographer that you can afford. For us that was the single biggest ticket item besides the venue and the food. My fiancé wanted us to save some money by hiring a novice or family member but looking back now, we are extremely happy with the quality and quantity of the photos we received when hiring a pro. Worth every penny!
4. Delegate someone to deal with details on the day of the wedding. Most of us can’t afford to hire a wedding planner but hiring a pro for the day of the wedding would be a smart way to spend your money. At the very least, delegate a dependable friend for the day. At my wedding, there was a serious problem where the bartenders were worried we were going to run out of alcohol. We were in rural Manitoba in a park, not exactly an LC around the corner. The wedding coordinator made an executive decision to run to the nearest small town (about 10 mins away) and buy more supplies before they closed at 5 pm. And you know the best part? I had no idea there was even a problem until several days later. I was worry-free, which is exactly what you need on that day. Being a bride is crazy enough without worrying about other problems! On a side note, don’t make this person a close family member or a member of the wedding party. Both of those groups have their own responsibilities for the wedding (like pictures) and they want to socialize and enjoy your wedding too.
5. Delegate a groomsman to keep the other groomsmen in line. Your fiancé is probably a little overwhelmed at all the groom duties and sometimes the Best Man is just his favorite drinking buddy. Lucky for me, one of the groomsmen took charge of the suit fittings, bullied another groomsmen who thought it would be ok to wear his gray suit when all the others were wearing black, and was prepared to buy ties for all the guys when there was a problem and we didn’t have a budget to buy new ones.
6. Skip the Save the Date cards. Not one person that I sent a STD card to came to the wedding. Not one.
Any of you currently planning a wedding? Or any married ladies have some tips for brides? Happy Shopping!