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15 ways to make your wedding guests LOVE your wedding!

We have all attended weddings that score average or perhaps slightly better than average? However, how many times have we been truly impressed by the way a wedding was planned and executed?

It isn’t too difficult to plan a wedding that scores an average or slightly-above-average rating. However, you can do much better. When you host a wedding, take care of the details and your wedding will be elevated to an outstanding level. And the best part is, not only will your guests “love” your wedding, they will never forget it. So, what are these factors to keep in mind? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Welcome bags for guests from out-of-town

There is no rule that this is a necessary part of your wedding. However it can be quite impressive when the couple thoughtfully gift welcome bags to their out-of-town guests. Have these placed in their rooms, and your guests will be impressed by your thoughtful gesture. Fill it with snacks for them to munch on. You can also add souvenirs like sunglasses or key chains, perhaps even a magazine or crossword puzzle. Finally, we think you should use this opportunity to also introduce the theme of your wedding to your guests in a subtle way. Use the theme colors or motifs to give them a sneak peek into what they can expect at your wedding. More ideas on creating perfect welcome bags here, on the Knot. 

An impressive entryway

First impressions last forever. Let your wedding occupy a permanent spot in your guests memories, through a stellar entryway that will not go unnoticed. Create statement style décor in your entryway, with theme pieces that are striking and majestic. Plan the design well, and keep it uncluttered so it is neat and noticeable. Meaningful additions like family or couple photos would also make it more impressive. Similarly, make sure your reception hall is well decked and picture-perfect long before the guests arrive. This sets the ambiance for the event. Choosing the right lighting, décor elements and seating arrangements will make or break your wedding scene.

Create wedding programs that multitask

The wedding program is stationery that is rarely put to much use. Make yours different with some creativity. Let your wedding program be suitable for something else as well. If your wedding is outdoors in summer, print the program on a fan that your guests can use during the day. Or, print it on a bag that doubles up as confetti holder. Small, but unusual details like these go a long way in making a wedding rather memorable.

Have a short and sweet ceremony

Long ceremonies can really bore and tire out your guests. With nothing to do or contribute, it can get rather dreadful when the ceremony drags on and on. So, skip all that is unnecessary. Keep your ceremony short and crisp. Discuss this factor with your wedding officiant, so it is handled efficiently. Take your time for the vows and walk down the aisle in full style. Your guests want to see you get married and capture that memory perfectly. But try to keep the rest of the ceremony to the point, and nobody will complain. Guests will appreciate it when they have some free time to walk around and mingle, rather than staying put in one place for a function that drags on.

Well-organized transportation plans

Guests will appreciate it a lot when you arrange transportation for them. This is even more important if your wedding venue is remote. Arrange a shuttle service, and your guests will be relieved that they needn’t hire cabs for their onward and return journey. If your ceremony and reception are held at different venues, arrange transportation between these two points. This will allow your guests to relax and ride in comfort, while they park at the first location. However, ensure that the arrangement is well-organized. Clearly communicate the plans to your guests. Have it on your invitation and wedding website. Provide proper directions and timelines, so there is no confusion. Also try to make the ride enjoyable by booking comfortable vehicles and include soothing music for the ride.

Plan interesting pre-wedding activities

There will always be few wedding guests who aren’t familiar with most of the people at your wedding. They may feel rather bored with nobody to mingle with. Make sure these people do not feel left out or lonely, by planning a pre-wedding activity where they can meet and mingle with others. This could be a cocktail hour before the main event, when they get to hang out with the others in a casual environment. People tend to naturally get talking at such events and this will help them get to know the others. You can also host simple games, through which the guests introduce themselves to the others. For more ideas on how to get your guests to mingle and mix, visit this post on the Wedding Wire website. 

Don’t leave them hungry

Guests just hate it when they are famished by the time food arrives. Neither is it fun when there are few items on the menu that suit certain guests, due to dietary or other restrictions. Make sure your caterers deliver on time, and the food service is efficient. Also include a wide range of items on your menu so there is something to please every taste. While planning your menu, think of diverse options that suit vegetarians, vegans, people with allergies and food restrictions due to health conditions. When there is a variety of food to choose from, your guests will be excited to enjoy it and look forward to the entire experience.

Indulge them in an open bar

There is no denying that an open bar is rather expensive. Nonetheless, it is one of the things guests look forward to most eagerly. So, don’t disappoint in this area, if you want your wedding to be remembered fondly. If the cost bothers you, keep the selection limited to just beer, few signature cocktail drinks and local wines. Just remember that this is definitely better than the guests having to pay for their drink or there being no alcohol at all. For budget-friendly bar options, visit this post on the Brides website. 

Gift them favors that they will actually use

Most wedding favors are simply tossed or stashed away in a corner of their cupboards and forgotten forever. Don’t let your money go to waste. Pick favors that your guests will actually appreciate and use. The more unique they are, the better you can guarantee this factor. You will want to customize your wedding favors. Nonetheless, try to have the customization done is such a way that your guests won’t mind using it despite the printed impression on it. Edible favors are always a good idea. However, if you want to gift something that lasts longer, consider items like key chains, sun glasses, beer mugs, shot glasses, candle stands or décor items.

Don’t have the speakers blasting at full volume

There will be elderly guests at your wedding, and they won’t be keen on loud music at your wedding. So, be considerate and set your speakers to a moderate volume. Also, plan your seating arrangement in such a way that your older guests are away from the speakers and sources of music. It would also be a good idea to have an alternate lounging area, where they can sit and relax while the youngsters dance to the beat. This will give them the opportunity to mingle with others their age and have a good time of their own.

Invite them to participate

Rather than sit as mute spectators throughout the event, guests just love it when they get to participate in the wedding. Invite your guests to request songs, and have your DJ play some of them. We are sure your guests will appreciate the opportunity to dance to tunes they love, than just to those you love. You can even involve them in the wedding ceremony. This post on the Intimate Weddings blog suggests a variety of interesting ideas like a musical procession, a prayer circle or including them in the unity candle ceremony. Find something interesting like this, and you will easily create fond memories for your guests. 

Add an unexpected twist

Just imagine how impressed your guests would be if a group of onlookers would out-of-the-blue break into dance for a certain song. You could even impress them by taking dancing lessons and owning the dance floor with a spectacular number for your first dance. Or your bridal party can perform a choreographed dance when it is least expected! These items are never forgotten. So, add it to your wedding celebration. This will wow your guests and will be the talk of town. I wouldn’t be surprised if your guests think this is the most unforgettable event from your wedding, in the years to come.

Serve some nibbles after the party

Dancing to the beat for a long time can make your guests hungry. Serve your guests tiny snacks and watch their moods be uplifted in no time. Have these snacks served late at the reception, and it will instantly energize everyone. Midnight snacks like cookies, milk shooters, pop corn and even tacos will be appreciated by your guests. Distribute it around and your guests will be re-energized to continue on the dance floor again.

Appreciate your guests presence

You are truly blessed when most of who you invite attend your wedding. Some of them may have traveled from afar to witness your wedlock. Others may have put aside several plans to make it to your special day. Openly express your gratitude for their presence at your wedding. They will definitely appreciate the gesture. Make it a point to at least greet and spend few minutes with each of your wedding guests. This will make them feel that their efforts were worthwhile. Also remember that nobody likes a couple that’s too engrossed in themselves. Your wedding day is special, however it is also about those who take the pains to be a part of it.

Make an exciting exit

Memorable exits add the perfect finishing touch to a well-planned wedding day. So, plan yours well. Use showstopper elements like balloons, candles or even bursting sparklers to mark your exit from the wedding venue. For non-messy and sustainable options, consider bubbles or even flower petals instead of the traditional confetti. Make it matter by also choosing a vehicle that makes a statement. Ride off into the night on a bicycle, hire a horse and carriage or even go for a fully decorated vintage car to complete the day in full style.

Don’t be one of those couples who are so busy that you forget about the other people who are in your wedding. Focus on the guest experience, and we are sure your guests will also love your wedding. After all, all your efforts pay off when your guests openly commend you on the preparations you did and how impressive your wedding was. So, think from their perspective when planning your wedding. Keep it personal and you can immortalize your wedding in the memories of those who attend it.

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Think beyond the bouquet—12 floral details for a fantastic flower theme wedding

Flowers are an essential part of most weddings. Whether flowers form the main theme or appear in a supporting role, they are a valuable addition to a wedding theme. These pretty little trinkets of nature have astounding beauty and versatility, and this factor makes them immensely appealing.

The bouquet is a statement piece in every bride’s ensemble. However, few brides think beyond these floral beauties and include floral details to enhance color and visual interest at their weddings. Nonetheless, we just love weddings that include floral elements, where these natural details appear in interesting and unexpected places. Not only are they pretty to look at, they instantly add a cheerful and buoyant note to the scenery. Here are some ideas for inspiration. Take a look and we are sure you will want to embrace a few (if not all!) to add more floral fun to your wedding day.

Fun floral invitations

Invitations are a great way to let everyone know that you fancy flowers. Floral details on an invitation are always classic. Few colors can uplift spirits and create a dreamy invitation. And the options are endless. There are hundreds of flexible options that allow you to customize your invitation to the last detail. If you plan to DIY your wedding invites, florals are an amazing concept for innovative and impressive ideas. You can choose to go with watercolor images, photographs or even floral silhouettes to embellish wedding invitations.

If you don’t want to do florals all the way and prefer subtle details, simply line the inside of your envelopes with floral prints. This detail will not go unnoticed, even while it will not compete with the main theme you choose. Take a look at this post on the Creative Market website for some brilliant ideas for DIY floral invitations. 

Flowery flower girl dress

Choose a stunning flower-detailed dress for your little flower girl, and she will literally own her title! Little girls always love flowers, and we are sure your flower girl will be no different. There are several options to consider. You can choose a dress with flower prints that match the colors at your wedding. Another option is to choose a floral lace dress that is elegant and classic. Finally, you can go all out by choosing a dress embellished with 3-dimensional flowers like roses. You can always find dresses that match the colors of your wedding scene, with any of these options. We are sure your flower girl will love your choice, no matter which of these three you finally decide upon.

Floral crown

Let a floral crown be your hair accessory, and it will speak loudly of your love for flowers. Also, nothing else screams summer, like fresh and fragrant flowers on a bride. Delicate flower buds and dainty daisies can be woven together to form a splendid accessory for formal themes. If your wedding is outdoors or less formal in style, consider wearing an oversize flower crown made from a rich selection of flowers to make a statement. If you do not desire such a dramatic look, there is always the option of weaving few flowers into your hair. Flowers can be used as natural embellishments for braided hairstyles.

Fragrant flowers like jasmines and rosebuds are beautiful and deliver a rich scent. You can also go for larger flowers like lilies or even local flora and fauna in your hairstyle to look the part. When choosing delicate flowers, remember that they are likely to wilt quickly. Either switch them out before they wear out or try to get hold of artificial flowers for the same effect. There are plenty of beautiful ideas on how to wear flowers in your hair in this post on the Bridal Guide. Check it out. 

Floral print wedding dress

Let your love for flowers free by choosing a wedding dress strewn with floral details. Floral lace is very popular among brides, with 3-dimensional motifs and appliques playing flower details to perfection. However, we suggest that you take it a step further.

Choose a wedding dress with ample floral work to highlight your theme. Watercolor prints, colorful appliques, or self-print fabrics can render a beautiful effect. Not only will you have a unique gown, but it will also be one that will forever remain etched in the memories of your onlookers. However, keep in mind that you may not easily come across bridal gowns with floral prints. With limited ready-made options, you may have to either go with what is available or custom-create your own dress. The other option is to shop in another dress aisles, like evening dresses or dresses for special occasions to find a suitable one.

This beauty features cheerful pink roses on white fabric. A pretty pink sash compliments the beautiful roses. Although the dress features floral prints, it fits the wedding dress expectation with its voluminous skirt and statement style elements.

Flower bag

Every bride needs an emergency kit for her wedding day. How about you pack all the essentials into a bag with flower-details? This will tie it to the theme, and will also be a beautiful addition to your ensemble. Choose a bag with floral details that match or complement the texture of your wedding dress. You can also find one that goes well with the rest of your theme colors.

Make sure the bag you choose has a reasonable size, so it can comfortably house all that you need to carry. This would be things like your hair and makeup essentials, tissues, smelling salts, handkerchief. These items will help you touch up your hair and makeup to stay fresh during the course of the day. It should also have emergency supplies to tackle any unexpected accidents. For more details on what to pack into your emergency kit, take a look at this previous post.

Floral bridesmaid dresses

If you think a floral bridal gown is too much, dress your bridesmaids in floral prints instead. Florals being a popular summer theme, it will be rather easy to find bridesmaid dresses that fit the description. Either mix and match or choose the same dress to achieve the desired effect. However, remember that it is easy to get carried away when you choose printed dresses for your bridesmaids. So, have at least two constant dress elements that will keep the look cohesive. Simple silhouettes usually look the best, when you want the prints to be noticed. We also suggest keeping the rest of the accessories simple and monochromatic, so the emphasis is on the print on the dresses.

Desserts with floral details

Sugar flowers are always a pleasant sight, and hence the perfect choice for decorating wedding desserts. Whether used all over the wedding cake or scattered around the perimeter, floral cakes are always welcoming. Fresh edible flowers are another interesting option that adds more visual interest to your dessert arrangement. Take a look at this previous post to find out how to decorate your wedding cake with flowers for a splendid effect. Finally, you can even consider cupcake cases adorned with flower details for the intended impact. These could be served at the table or set aside as favors for your guests to take home.

Choose subtle and natural colors to create a refreshing and natural arrangement. Simple but uncluttered details look best on desserts that match a floral theme. Take a look at the above image, for instance. The flawlessly sculpted cake is embellished with just gold foil and purple blooms. Despite the simplicity of the details, it looks spectacular.

Petal confetti

One of the timeless wedding traditions that continue to this day is to shower the newlyweds with confetti. Let petals replace paper confetti at your wedding. Pack them into delicate cones and hand it out to your guests to shower on you. This is the most romantic option available, and it is easy to arrange. Freeze-dried petals are available for the purpose. These look fresh and being bio-degradable, are a green choice for the festivities. So, whether these are showered on you while you are outdoors or inside the wedding hall, you needn’t worry about cleaning up. Further, it doesn’t stain when in contact with your white wedding gown. You can also use the same to scatter on your wedding tables and even along the aisle for a colorful and interesting effect.

Flower runner

Here is an interesting way to spice up your wedding tables with unexpected décor. While your guests will be expecting to see flowers as part of the décor and in the centerpieces, they aren’t likely to expect the entire table runner to have flowers. Pack flowers throughout the runner of a long table and the effect will be stunning. Use a neutral color tablecloth, so all the attention is focused on the colors of the flowers on it. Also keep the rest of the details simple, so there are no distractions and the flowers form the main focus of your tablescapes.

Flower garnishes for drinks

Add colorful, fresh edible flowers as accents to signature cocktails that will be served at your wedding. This detail is rather simple, but will certainly not go unnoticed. Your guests will in fact appreciate your attention to detail. Make sure that the flower color compliments or contrasts with the color of the beverage that is served. You can pair it with other elements in the garnish, such as berries to complete the effect. While choosing the garnish, ensure that the flowers are fresh. Keep the design simple, to just convey the theme without going overboard. Oversize blooms can also be placed in mason jars for a colorful touch.

Flower carpet

Arrange flowers or petals to form an attractive flower carpet that will steal everyone’s eye. Choose colors and designs that tie to the theme of your wedding, and set up the flower carpet at a location that will be easily visible. Although it can take a while to complete the details, the impact is worth it. Another benefit of this idea is that you can make the flower carpet as big or as small as you choose. It needn’t be formed of fresh flowers either. You can even add leftover petals from the rest of your décor or faux flowers to create an intricate design that is bound to impress.

Flower swing

An unusual, but very impressive way to incorporate flowers into your wedding day scene is with a flower swing. It is also a wonderful photo prop, that can be the focus of many beautiful wedding photos. Find a well-lit, noticeable spot at your wedding venue and arrange to have a swing decorated with flower arrangements up. After the couple has their turn, it can be enjoyed by the rest of the guests and we are sure it will be a lot of fun for everyone. If it isn’t practical to have a hanging swing at your venue, we think this idea of the circular swing on the Hallmark channel website is the perfect alternative.

We hope these ideas inspire you to add plenty of flower power to your big day. Do you have any more ideas, that we missed? If yes, we would love to hear them in the comments below.

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13 most important things to avoid the week before your wedding

As the wedding day approaches, brides and grooms will have hundreds of last minute things to tick off their checklists. Now, here is another list for brides to take note of—the Don’ts!

Brides, don’t take them lightly, for some mishaps cannot be undone when you have little time left. So, look out and stay away from making these big mistakes during the days leading up to your wedding.

1.Have a drastic haircut

Your hairstyle and length of hair will greatly impact your bridal look. So, this is something you should decide early on. We always tell brides to pick their hair accessories and veil, after they decide what to do with their hair on their wedding day. It is also advisable to consult your wedding hairdresser to sort this out. Once you do, stick with the same hairstyle till your wedding. If you change it closer to your wedding day, you risk your hairstyle not going well with your veil, hair accessories, wedding dress neckline and more.

If you must cut your hair short during your engagement, make sure you do so at least 3 or 4 months before the wedding. This way you will have enough time to outgrow the style, in case you aren’t happy with how it turns out. Definitely get a trim in the month leading up to your wedding, so your hair style looks fresh. But wait till after the wedding to chop your tresses off.

2.Drastic hair color change

Just as with your hairstyle, your hair color can drastically alter your bridal look. So, we think you should refrain from changing it close to your wedding day. Unless it is a color that you have previously tried and love, there is no guarantee of how it will end up looking. So, a drastic change of hair color isn’t recommended when you wedding is soon approaching.

If you change your hair color closer to the wedding and aren’t happy with the results, you may be able to reverse it by recoloring it right away. Nonetheless, if you had to bleach your hair in the process, it could significantly damage your hair. This can affect the overall health and texture of your hair. So, decide on your hair color earlier on, and simply refresh it in the weeks leading up to your wedding.

3.Crash diet

You need energy to stay active and alert in the week leading up to your wedding. Sudden diets are not going to help you shed those extra pounds. If anything, it is only going to do more harm than good. Whether it is a juice cleanse or skipping a meal every day, your body won’t have enough time to adjust to the change when you start now. As a result you could end up with sugar cravings, restlessness, loss of sleep or even exhaustion.

Also, your wedding dress would already be altered to your actual measurements by this time. So, try to stick to your regular diet habits, so it fits you perfectly. Eat balanced meals, step up your intake of salads and fruits, and stay hydrated throughout the day. Take a look at this article on the Best Health Mag and incorporate these foods into your diet during your engagement for best results. These measures should be enough to help you look fresh and glowing on your wedding day.

4.Test a new beauty or skincare product

This is definitely not the time to experiment with new skin and hair products. You never know how your skin will react towards it. If an allergy or skin breakout occurs, you have no time to fix it. So, it is always best to stick with the products you have been using all along.

Try and decide on any new product at least a month before the wedding. This will give you enough time to recognize how your skin responds to it. Even if it is a new makeup item, make sure to test it long before the wedding. Only use cosmetics that suit your skin closer to your wedding day.

5.Getting a fake tan

Now is not the time to experiment with tanning products. Spray-on tans and tanning lotions had best be set aside, when your wedding is soon approaching. Not only these cause an orange complexion in photos, it can make you look unnatural. You can use tanning lotions that build up color gradually. Nonetheless, you should stop using it in the week before your wedding to avoid unexpected results.

If you want to glow as you walk down the aisle, visit a professional tanning specialist who can help you achieve the color you desire. Try to keep the results to a minimum, so your skin is just glowing. Make sure that your complexion will not clash with your makeup and the white of the dress.

6.Altering your hairstyle and makeup plan for the wedding

Your hair and makeup trials should be over at least a month before the wedding. Whether you hire the services of a professional artist or decide to do it yourself, don’t wait till the last minute to make changes. Settle on how you want to look on your wedding day, well in advance. At your trial, analyze and make sure you are happy with what you see. If you want to tweak or change anything, make note of it right away. We suggest you take pictures on the day of your trial, so you can also see how you photograph. This will help you decide if any changes are necessary.

Don’t rethink your decision afterwards. Changing plans closer to the wedding day increases your chances of ruining the overall look. If you change the makeup colors or alter the hairstyle even slightly, it can cause a drastic change to the overall effect. You may not like the results, and there will be nothing you can do to change it at that point.

7.Buy or try on your wedding shoes

Your wedding shoes are one of the first accessories you should shop for. This is because you should wear them for a few days to break them in. It is a big mistake if you decide to wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. New shoes can bite, cause blisters and feel uncomfortable. Since you will spend most of the time on your feet, this can ruin your entire day.

So, don’t wait till the last minute to shop or open your wedding shoes. Get them early, and start wearing them for short spans of time, months before your wedding. As you use the shoes, your feet will get accustomed to the heel height, and also relax into the fit. You can then comfortably don them on your wedding day. We suggest you get your wedding shoes in time for your first dress alteration appointment. This way, you will have the opportunity to wear it with the dress and your seamstress can alter your dress hemline to the exact heel height of your shoes.

8.Not getting enough sleep

Your body needs enough rest every night to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Unless you clock 8 solid hours of sleep, you will not have the energy to handle the challenges of the week. Irrespective of how demanding the tasks this week are, make sure you get your required sleep.

Without enough sleep, your beauty and skin care regimen will not yield optimal results. You will end up with puffy eyes and dark circles. Your skin will also look listless and dull. Insufficient sleep can also impact your overall immunity and well-being. So, don’t skimp on sleep. Give your body and mind the rest it deserves, and your body will thank you for it by helping you be in best shape on your special day.

9.Brand new beauty therapy

There are several treatments that promise instant results. However, you had better stay away from trying out such a treatment for the first time in the week before your wedding. Whether it is laser treatment, Microdermabrasion, chemical peels or similar beauty treatments, there are chances of it carrying risks. In such a case, you may end up with a disastrous result and no time to rectify the issue.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of such treatments for your wedding, do them at least two weeks ahead of your wedding date. This will leave you enough time to recover from likely issues, if any. The benefits of such treatments also last at long, so you can enjoy that as well.

10.Caffeine or alcohol binge

It is perfectly normal to feel stressed out with the various things that happen close to your wedding. You may have parties like the bachelorette and rehearsal dinner lined up. There may also be tasks that leave you no time to unwind or de-stress. Irrespective of the situation, don’t indulge in alcohol or caffeine.

Alcohol can add several pounds to your frame. It can also make you seem tired and worn out. Caffeine, on the other hand, can give you that instant rush of energy and help you stay attentive. Nonetheless, it can negatively affect your skin and beauty.

11.Have too much processed and junk foods or fizzy drinks

Although processed and junk foods are never a great idea, avoiding it is particularly important in the days leading up to your wedding. These foods are loaded with salt, sugar and calories and do immense harm to your body. Not only do they pile on calories, they can also be detrimental to your overall well-being.

So, put aside that trip to the burger joint or bakery till after your wedding. The longer you stay away from aerated drinks, sugary sweets and juicy burgers, the better your skin will look and feel. In fact, we suggest you start saying no to these items months before your wedding. Substitute these with fresh fruits and nuts when you feel the craving, and it won’t be long before you get used to it.

12.Do your DIY projects

Unless it isn’t an absolute essential in your wedding plans, DIY projects shouldn’t be left to do till the last week. You will be flooded with plenty of demanding tasks at this time, and it is risky to wait till this time to do your work. If you do not finish your handmade wedding favors or décor elements in time, you may have to do without it or pay a hefty price for replacements.

Plan your DIY projects realistically. Take on just those tasks that you are sure you can handle. As charming as personalized touches are, they are labor intensive. Also, remember that it take a long time to complete making favors for your 100 or more guests. It isn’t like the small parties you usually host. So, get on with your plans at least two to three months ahead of the wedding, or take the ready-made route. Here are some tips on the Brides website to make crafting fun.

13.Make last minute changes to plan

The last week before your wedding is the time to just follow through with prepared plans. It is definitely not the time to make new ones. Of course, emergency situations are a given. Except for that, don’t even think of adding new tasks or making alterations to the rest of your plans. It is always best to stick with the schedule and planned ideas. This will help you and the rest of your wedding party avoid stress.

Finally remember that a wedding is not just about the details, it is also about the experience. And you want to make fond memories of this important event in your life. So, keep your expectations realistic and work towards it for best results.

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14 valuable tips to do it right when you plan your own wedding

Planning your wedding is hard work! You may plan to be your own wedding planner for budget reasons or because you believe you are up to the task. In either case, let me warn you that it is not as easy as it seems. There are numerous decisions to make, deadlines to meet and several lists to create. Nonetheless, it is do-able.

One thing you should remember is to stay focused, calm and optimistic always, once you make the decision to plan your wedding. As long as you are organized and not tensed about the whole thing, you will be able to tackle the potential challenges without difficulty.

To help you along, we have some useful tips. Keep them in mind and you will be able to plan the wedding of your dreams without much ado!

Recognize your strengths and weaknesses

Wedding planning involves a lot of work. You will have to pick and negotiate with vendors, schedule appointments and create financial plans for each aspect. Although you may be great at some of these tasks, it is likely there are areas you have no clue about. Before you start planning, try to get a clear picture of what you can and can’t manage yourself. Be realistic as there is a lot of work and limited time. Analyze the tasks that you have very little knowledge about. You may have to find someone to share responsibilities for these tasks. So, it is better to plan for it in advance, than attempt it yourself and end up with poor results.

Begin with a budget

All that wedding planning is going to cost money. Also, it is easy to get carried away or let some numbers slide when you handle finances yourself. To avoid this, set up a budget right in the beginning. Create an estimate of how much you can afford to spend. Make sure it is the maximum amount that you will spend, and that you cannot exceed it at any cost. This realization will help you find solutions that are affordable, when you plan your wedding details. Once you have a total amount in mind, split it among the different aspects of your wedding.

Hear what your fiancé has to say

You must know at least one bride who feels she is the only one involved in planning her wedding! The funny thing is if you ask the broom, chances are he will say it is because the bride refused to let him in the plans. It is easy to end up shouldering all the responsibilities, and there is no going back once you are deep into it. Don’t make this mistake. Instead, sit down with your fiance before you start anything. Discuss your ideas and take note of his suggestions. It is his wedding too, so encourage him to participate. The more open you accept his suggestions, the more inclined he will be to involve himself in the plans.

Create a system to get your wedding plans organized

Some of us prefer the book and paper route, while others are better off with technology. Choose what works for you. You need a system to jot down notes, write down expenditures, note down deadlines and save contacts. The simplest working solution is to set up a folder with a calculator, notebook and diary. Use the diary to mark your planning timeline and detail tasks. You can use the notebook to write all other information. Also note down calculations and all relevant details in it. Use this system frequently and make sure you save everything, and you won’t lose track of the progress you make.

Before you dive into wedding planning, separate the notebook into sections for each wedding planning aspect. This will allow you segregate relevant information about each aspect in the right place. We also recommend dedicating a folder on your desktop for this. Most communication that is shared online can be saved into this location for future reference.

Make a master-list and many sub-lists for each category

If you are good with lists, wedding planning will be a lot easier. Start with a master checklist, which you can find online. This will provide an overview of all the tasks you have to do for your wedding. However, each wedding is different, and you may have to edit your list to fit your ideas. Once you have your final master-list, create sub-lists of tasks for each aspect. Note it down and it is unlikely you will forget or overlook any  task. You can even create this list using an online tool. This will enable you to access it anywhere, and check or cross out tasks on-the-go.

Make the most of free wedding planning tools

There are several tools that make planning easier. From creating checklists for the wedding timeline and entering your expenses and budget, to sharing pictures with the rest of your team, these technical applications streamline the entire wedding planning process. This makes it easier to tackle. When you set up such an app on your mobile, it allows you to indulge in planning your wedding from anywhere. Some examples include the Knot wedding planner app, Capsule for photo sharing and the Knot lookbook app for wedding outfit planning. You could even update your plans with a simple weather and calendar app from Yahoo to avoid any last minute unexpected changes to plan. For more details on the apps and websites that can be your best friend while making wedding plans, take a look at this post on the Knot website. 

A quick word of advice: If you decide to use any of these apps, make sure you start ASAP! This will help you narrow down your choices to ones that are easy to use. Get used to the method right from the start and the entire process will be way easier.

Be prepared for challenges

If you have been involved in project planning at some level, pulling off a wedding will be easier. This is because there are numerous things to stay on top of, all at the same time. Things can and do go wrong! So, prepare yourself to tackle the situation with a cool head and also have a Plan B for every scenario. This will help you have an alternate solution at short notice, whenever required. The best way to handle all challenges is to be prepared for worst outcomes. Apart from making a comprehensive checklist for every single thing to do at your wedding, also consider likely glitches. Then have a solution in mind, in case things go downhill.

Take time to think before making decisions

When you are on your own, you will have to depend on reviews and word of mouth to choose vendors, make décor decisions and more. So, do not make any decision in haste. List out your options and properly research before you commit to a contract. Make sure you take time to analyze every aspect and are fully sure of every choice, before you confirm. Where necessary, obtain references and definitely contact them. The most reliable choices are usually recommendations from friends and family, who have done it before you. So, try this path first. From picking the wedding date to choosing the cake design and florist, make sure you won’t have to rethink your decision.

Segregate your research 

Organize everything neatly and in its right place to make things much easier. Whether you use organization tools like Pinterest or sort things into folders on your desktop, do it in a systematic way. Create multiple folders or boards for each type of information, rather than just amassing it all in one place. This will allow you locate exactly what you want in no time. You can also share information easily when it is organized well, and save a lot of time.

Think well before you ask your friends and family for help

Many of your friends and family may seem eager to help with your wedding plans. However, be cautious of who you entrust with what. You need people who will stay objective and follow your instructions to complete tasks. When it is family and friends, remember that you should also maintain your personal relationship with them. This can come in the way of expressing dissatisfaction when you aren’t happy with how they handle things. Also, unless you entrust the job to the right people, there are chances that they will make decisions without consulting you. This may not always be in your best interest.

Get things done ahead of time

Don’t set your deadlines too close. It is always safe to have some buffer time for everything, in case there are delays or hassles along the way. When you discuss timelines with vendors, ask them to deliver ahead of the actual time. This will ensure everything is in place on time. Follow a wedding planning checklist to get a clear idea of what is to be completed and when! Stick to it and you should be fine. If you will be doing things like the centerpieces or favors yourself, get them ready as early as is possible. The last thing you want is to spend your wedding eve completing these tasks, because you didn’t get around to it earlier.

Get your priorities straight

Wedding planning involves numerous decisions, that you can end up procrastinating and reaching nowhere. Try to stay focused by giving more importance to certain tasks over others. Have a clear idea of how you want your wedding to be, and don’t change it along the way. Set priorities for the tasks you should complete, and handle them in that order. Do the important ones with gusto. Leave the others for when you have time. Also, wisely limit the finer details to what is practical and can be achieved within the given time span.

Run your plan by someone who has already been there

Always get a second opinion if you are unsure. You should have someone who can recognize if you’ve missed anything. This is possible when this associate has been in your position before you. Throughout your wedding planning, consult with your fiance and preferably another bride or couple who have planned their own wedding. They can advise you on anything you may miss or overlook. Similarly, make sure you run your list by the person who will be in-charge of your duties on your wedding day, so you are both on the same page. Read ahead to find out more about who that person ought to be.

Find someone to take responsibility on your wedding day

Although you can fully involve yourself in wedding planning till the day of your wedding, you have other things to do on this day. You shouldn’t be the one who follows up with vendors or checks if everything is progressing on schedule. Instead, you should enjoy yourself as the bride. So, you simply must find someone to shoulder all the responsibilities on your wedding day. This could be a trustworthy friend or relative. Nonetheless, the person you choose should be reliable, punctual and have the capacity to take charge of everything wedding-related. It wouldn’t hurt if this person is a tad bossy, if necessary.  This trait will ensure that he/she won’t hesitate to get people on track when necessary. If there isn’t someone you know who can take over all this, consider hiring a professional for just the day.

Planning a wedding is a Herculean task, more so when you do most of it yourself. However, a wedding that is done well, is a blissful and satisfying experience. So, involve yourself in all the planning if you must! But don’t stress yourself out so much that you forget to enjoy it. For more wedding planning tips, fashion advice and all things wedding-related, keep visiting this space on Best for Bride.