25 Tips On How To Be Prepared For Your Wedding Day

Your wedding may just be the most important formal event that you will ever plan in your entire life. Talk about pressure! The focus of your big day is to enjoy the monumental union of you and your new life partner. With all the things that need to get done in time for the big day, it can be easy to get stressed out and lose sight of what’s most important. To have the best wedding experience, you need to have a clear and concise plan in place to execute the event. Take a headache and guesswork out of your wedding planning with these 25 tips on how to be totally prepared for your wedding.

1. Get A Binder- Before you even begin to plan a thing, get a binder to house all your plans and important documents that will be designated for all things wedding. Cute or whimsical design can only make the preparation that much more fun!

2. Get A Vision- Envision the perfect wedding that suits you and your future spouse’s style. Set up a shared Pinterest board so that you both can input what you like about the various aspects of your wedding. Once you have a general idea of the style you both will like, it can make the rest of the planning simple. Click here for Tips On Using Pinterest.

3. Get a Team- It doesn’t have to be a football team. You just need a group of individuals that you can depend on to help you execute your plans and lend a helping hand when needed.

4. Set a Budget- This is one of the most crucial steps in your wedding planning endeavor. Although your happiness is important, it’s even more important to be realistic. Set a budget that works best for you and your future partner.

5. Map it out– Start with the big decisions first; like the venue and colors. Provide choices so that if something falls through you have a backup plan. Work your way into the less important details of the wedding. Once you brainstorm and have everything down on paper, you can move on to the next step.

6. When in Doubt…– If you are having trouble mapping out everything you will have to do, check around online for the plethora of master wedding planning checklist that is available.

7. Eliminate- Now that you have mapped out everything that needs to be done, eliminate a few tasks. Things will require too much time or effort that isn’t a must can go. At the beginning of wedding planning, it may seem as though you have all the time in the world. However, as the date quickly approaches, you will soon see that you are more strapped for time than you previously thought. Do yourself a huge favor now, and eliminate the anything that is simply superfluous.

8. Prioritize– View everything that you now have written down and decide what is the most important to the least important. Set deadlines for everything and start working on everything based on importance. Be sure to allow plenty of time for everything as to eliminate unnecessary tension and anxiety.

9. The Who– Who will you invite? How many people will you invite? You need to know the answer to these questions well in advance so that you can send the invitations in a timely manner and so that you can properly plan the logistics of your big day.

10. Kids– Will this wedding be adults only? Many assume that the no kid rule applies to all wedding while others do not. Never assume that your guest will know what you have in mind for your wedding. Be clear about everything so that nothing is left to chance.

11. Stay One Step Ahead– Nature is a tricky little device. If you plan to have an outdoor wedding, be sure to view the weather trends for that locale around the date of the pending nuptials. Choose a day that looks the best for a clear weather based on previous years.

12. Learn to Haggle– If you have never cared to save money before, now is the time to start. Weddings are not cheap and although you have a set budget in place, who wouldn’t want to save a little extra cash for the start of a new life? Oftentimes, you will find that vendors are more than happy to negotiate for a newlywed couple.

13. Make a Wedding Website- This new frenzy is taking the wedding world by storm! Join in the craze by putting together a website dedicated to your big day so that any questions your guests may have can be answered with this one-stop shop.

14. Talk to Wedding Graduates– Have you been to a wedding of a friend or family member that you just loved? Pick their brains to find a few golden nuggets that you can apply to your own event.

15. Take a Break– At some point in your wedding planning journey, it’s important to take a step back just to breathe. Planning a wedding can be very time consuming and tedious so having a good breather can allow you to come back strong when you are ready.

16. The Dress– Dress shopping may be one of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding. Bring along the people who will be of the most help while you choose the dress of your dreams. Ever wonder where the origin of the white dress came from? Learn it here.

17. Don’t Get Discouraged- If you don’t find your ideal wedding dress on the first shopping trip, don’t let it get you down. Search online for dresses that suit you’re the style you are hoping for so that you will have a better idea of the cut and style you want to try on in the store.

18. Keep a Paper Trail- When you reserve anything at all, no matter how small, keep the receipts or verification correspondence. Humans are creatures of error and sometimes accidents happen. The last thing you want to discover on the day of your wedding is that a vendor forgot to pencil you in.

19. Confirm- Not only do you need to keep a paper trail, you need to confirm everything at least once to be sure that you have what you need to be booked and in place.

20. Make it Quirky- Although many traditional wedding aspects may be the composition of your day, add a special touch that is only unique to who you are as a couple.

21. Get the L’s- It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of planning to forget to plan time to get the marriage license. Be sure to set aside time to do research and to obtain the license so it will be ready to sign so you both can make it legal.

22. Time to Set Up– It is imperative that you schedule time for your team or hired help to set up the décor and provisions for the day. Provide ample time for set up and even a little time for a few inevitable hiccups.

23. Don’t be a Bridezilla– When everyone is doting on your every whim and getting in line to help you make your every move, it can be easy to take advantage of those who are genuinely trying to help. Be appreciative to all parties involved to help make your day special with a gesture of gratitude; not attitude.

24. Relax– The best thing you can do for yourself is to plan a spa day on or near the eve of your wedding. The excitement and anticipation alone are enough to make even the more levelheaded bride lose her cool. A day of pampering is just what you need to settle jitters and prepare to enjoy the fruits of all your labor.

25. Plan the Wedding of the Century and the Honeymoon of a Lifetime– Sometimes, so much thought and effort are put into planning the perfect wedding while the honeymoon planning goes amiss. It’s just as important to plan a wonderful honeymoon as it is a great wedding. Don’t forget to plan the perfect honeymoon getaway for you and your honey that you both won’t soon forget.  Learn some of the Do’s & Don’ts of Planning a Honeymoon. Here.

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