“Only invite people who you and your partner actually WANT to have witness your big day!”
Weddings will NEVER be stress free; there are far too many people involved for everything to go smoothly, but there are some ways you can reduce the worry!! So here are my 5 top tips!
Make a budget based on what you can afford – you most probably will go over what you originally wanted to spend, but don’t spend more than what you can afford to. Paying bills and putting fuel in your car is far more important than getting a reel of ribbon! However, if there is something you REALLY want, work out areas you can cut so that you can afford it. I wish I’d have spent more on my photography; my photographer was lovely, but you can tell they weren’t taken by someone who’d been taking wedding photos professionally for 10 years.
Only spend money on things that will either be used (i.e. food), or you know you can sell afterwards (i.e. faux fur shawls from winter weddings) or something that you’ll use in your home. All the decorationy bits I bought for our wedding I will use throughout our house so I can justify spending slightly more on something I really love.
Dont let the wedding turn you into a bridezilla; you hear so many stories about people falling out over something petty. The wedding may be your world, but it’s not everyone else’s. Take a step back and think about how you’d have felt pre-engagement about matching ribbon to bridesmaid dresses!
Don’to let people rail road you into decisions you don’t want to make. One of the areas I was most disappointed with was my bridesmaid dresses; they’re everything I didn’t want. And when I look at the photos I have to look past them. The girls looks nice in them, but they aren’t what I wanted at all.
Include your fiancé! Yes, some of the ideas Dan came up with made me cringe in the run up to our wedding, but he also came up with some really good ideas, and things I might not have thought of or dismissed. It’s only fair to let them have their input in a day that is about the BOTH of you!!
Now my wedding report is finished (though check out tomorrow’s article about my tips & hints), we have something new starting on LLLM!
We will still be featuring other Real Weddings and showcasing great suppliers as we did before, but from now on Tuesdays will be renamed as ‘Tip Tuesday’ as we will be sharing wisdom from married ladies to help you along the way! We will also be putting together themed mood boards to give you inspiration, and finding the best deals online and on the high street for you to take advantage of!
Plus my wedding journey isn’t over just yet! I still haven’t done our photo album (more on that another time) and we have our honeymoon coming up in May which we are REALLY looking forward to!!
And remember, please get in touch! I love hearing from brides and I will help out where I can with planning and ideas. I still have loads of planning files on my computer that I’m more than happy to share, as well as stationery/sign templates!