When you get the ring, you're overwhelmed with joy. But as soon as you start thinking about the planning, you could easily feel unable to cope with all the required tasks. Being organized is the way to go, keeping expenses, budget and wedding theme under control. Think about the planning as a journey. Even the longest starts with a single step. And the final destination is a fantastic honeymoon locale!
You are building a team that has to work together for several months. All the professionals involved will be the artists that will help you transforming your vision into reality. Open communication, clear costs and contracts, a positive feeling in your working relationship are key. Be honest with them, ask questions, give your suggestions and listen to theirs. Their goals are yours too.
Too many guests, bridesmaids, even decorations could easily ruin the overall balance. Always keep in mind that sophistication comes from harmony, and harmony lies in precious details. If you are opting for a themed wedding, make the theme subtle. Suggest it through your stationery, decorations, favors, color palette. If something is too loud, it's too much for a wedding. Save the idea for a party you'll throw next year. Think about your wedding as music and details as the notes that compose it.
Your wedding shouldn't be the chance to try a new hair color, makeup or to serve your guests strange food. The results could be unpleasant. It's a celebration of your style and your love as a couple, so it should reflect your personality, instead of resembling a perfect glossy event you've seen in a magazine, but that doesn't belong to you. If it's "you" - you'll be calm and happy - and people will talk about how lovely the event was, not how weird that one appetizer was.
But not experimenting doesn't mean you have to be boring! Read up on what's going on in the wedding world. Several publications, both in print and online, could help your research. Start collecting pieces of fabrics samples, paint switches, pictures, recipes, flowers that you like. In few weeks you will have an inspirational board to share with your family and you vendors, without much effort. You can even create it online, using free software such as Mosaic Maker or tools on TheKnot.com. Doing your homework properly could transform your wedding in a unique celebration, within a reasonable budget and with easy planning!
Your wedding is a stepping stone in your life. The goal you want to achieve is to have fun with your guests. Although organization should be impeccable, take things easy. And if something goes wrong, a smile could solve the problem. Keep in mind, your guests won't notice the slightly off shade of the purple flower, but they will notice a cranky bride!
These may seem like very general tips, but take them to heart, they should each mean something a little different for every bride-to-be based on your goals.
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