THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF WEDDING PLANNING
Over the years of planning we've seen and heard quite a bit. We wanted to share with you a few tips and personal advice from none other than Team Blissful, to help keep the emotions and stress level low during the wedding planning process.
DO: Bring the important people in your life whose opinion you value the most, when shopping for the wedding dress. This is one of the most exciting times for the bride-to-be! You may visit just 1 store or 10..., try on 3 dresses or 20+, regardless once you find 'THE ONE' that you are smiling ear to ear, possibly tears and feel like a princess, that's it! Check it off your list. ✔
DON'T: Don't continue looking. There is no need to keep looking at dresses if you've found 'THE ONE', if it's checked off your list, it's done. Continue on to the next item. The worst feeling is doubting what you purchased if you see something else. Go with your first instinct, and plus the opinions you value the most were there the day you said "YES TO THE DRESS !".
DO: Ask for advice. Of course you are to have many questions throughout the planning process, whether it be something about the venues, maybe decor related or perhaps wedding etiquette. We highly encourage to be prepared before meetings and the ask questions to the pros in the industry (we answer these questions on a daily) or asking advice from a family member or friend because you trust their judgement, but please don't ask everyone.
DON'T: Don't ask for peoples opinion unless you really want it. Everyone has different opinions for everything, whether it relates to them or not they will speak their mind.You will then take that in and think about it, this is what confuses couples. If you know what you want and are sure of your decision, then why ask? If you're asking because you want to, then make sure to take ever answer with a grain of salt because it may not be what you want to hear. Remember, if you get confused, go back to the people who gave you advice. Those are the ones you trust.
DO: Stick to the budget. As we've said and will say over and over to all our couples is "stick to the budget". There may be be something that comes up that you REALLY want or may not have budgeted for.. well, back to the budget you go before booking anything. Maybe you can move some monies around from something that may not be as important. This will keep you at ease and help you and your fiance stay on the same page.
DON'T: Don't get sidetracked. This is very easy to do with all the choices out there, once you know you have your vision/style and budget (refer back to our blog on 5 HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT WEDDING) stay focused. Loss of focus can result in stress and regrets.
DO: Think about the children. Do you want children at your wedding? Maybe you just want an "adults-only reception"? Speak to your venue coordinator and ask if there is a small room near by that can be rented and used for a children's play area. Then hire a professional babysitter or ECE worker to take care and play games with those children. The children will love it and the parents will appreciate the thought and be able to relax and enjoy their night knowing their kids are close by.
DON'T: Don't be a bridezilla. The last thing you want is stress on yourself and others around you. We know you want your day to be perfect (of course you do - you've spent majority of your time the past months planning!) But you need to keep in mind that not everything is going to go as planned and half of the things that don't no one will ever notice, expect you. Let the day flow as you've planned and let the little things go.
*Hiring a wedding planner will help with this one, you will be at ease days/weeks before the wedding as the planner will have all the information (everything is off your plate!) They play the middle man on the day of and are your shield from any little mishaps that may arise. Everything will go through them, they will know ahead of time what you wanted or paid for, so they can make the executive decision on your behalf.
DO: ENJOY YOUR DAY! The day has finally come, we always remind our clients to step back and really take it all in. Take time for yourselves throughout the day and love every moment!