Planning a wedding may be the single largest event that you’ve ever hosted, or even the first major event that you’ve hosted together as a couple! The obvious here is that there are many meticulous details that come into play when planning a wedding – the seating chart, the timeline, the color pallet. Sometimes it feels like your planning checklist is endless!
…want to know how the experts (wedding planners) get it done?
Wedding Pro Tip #1– Planning timeline.
A planning timeline lays out each planning element and when it should be completed, according to the length of your engagement and planning process. Most engagements last between 14-18 months, which gives you plenty of time to get your you-know-what together. However, most couples crumble under the pressure of planning a wedding because they don’t know how or where to start.
Having said that, we always recommend sticking to a wedding planning timeline that will give you more perspective on when to book your wedding professionals. You can find awesome wedding planning timelines at The Knot, Style Me Pretty, or Wedding Wire.
Pro Tip #2- Don’t wait until the last minute to book your wedding professionals.
Venues, Photographers, DJs & Videograpers can book couples as far out as two years! (Yes, you heard us right!). The first, and very important step of planning your wedding is going to be booking these wedding professionals. These are the people who are going to host, capture & help create your special day into the wedding of your dreams that you’ve always imagined.
We highly recommend not waiting until the last minute (anywhere from six to nine months out) to book your wedding professionals. Like we discussed earlier, most of these professionals are typically booked out by almost 2 years. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that dream photographer you’ve been eyeing on because you didn’t stick to your planning timeline. So, print out that timeline, download an app, book your wedding professionals EARLY in the planning process so you can tackle the smaller and more menial details down the road!
Pro Tip #3- Breathe
When planning a wedding (or any large event), it’s easy and very common to feel overwhelmed by the pressure. It’s important to remember to breathe. Take a moment, back up, give yourself some perspective on what you actually have to do. Make a list, and then schedule out when you will do everything on that list. It’s not enough to know what you need to do— you need to actually pen/budget in the time to make it happen!
Once you give yourself that big-picture perspective, you’ll be shocked at how much easier you sleep at night, and how fast your anxiety drops throughout the day!
Pro Tip #4- Use your support network
Remember that you have an army of people in your life who love and support you, especially in this new and exciting chapter. Even though there might be drama in some circles, remember to focus on the people you have in your life who love you unconditionally, and don’t be afraid to involve them in your to-do list!
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