Top 5 Wedding Tips that Every Couple Should Know

Feeling like you’re grasping at straws and being left in the dark when it comes to planning your wedding? Don’t fret, as that’s how everyone feels the moment they begin planning their own wedding. Most brides will tell you that the stresses of planning a wedding can be intense, and many of them may end up worrying about every single detail for months, until the day of the wedding arrives.

 

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Feeling like you’re grasping at straws and being left in the dark when it comes to planning your wedding? Don’t fret, as that’s how everyone feels the moment they begin planning their own wedding. Most brides will tell you that the stresses of planning a wedding can be intense, and many of them may end up worrying about every single detail for months, until the day of the wedding arrives.

Surprisingly, Doug Block, a NY videographer who’s seen and filmed thousands of weddings over the past 20 years, has said that Most Weddings are pretty similar, and while each wedding will surely be special in its own way, there’s a formula that most weddings follow: “They’d have a fancy ceremony in a church or temple, then a cocktail hour, then a four-hour reception, and the toasts and the first dances.”

Of course, you’d want your wedding to be something spectacular, and something that speaks towards your personality as a couple, but where would you even begin? How do you set a budget and stick to it? To help you throw a magnificent wedding that’s unlike any other, we’ve collected some of the best tips from the industry’s experts:

1. Get to know your Master of Ceremonies
Or masters of ceremonies. Prior to booking either your officiant or DJ for the reception, get to know them a bit more to get a feel for how your ceremony or reception might go along. Keep in mind that if your officiant is a bit on the stricter side, your ceremony will be humorless and dry, and while that’s fine and dandy for a formal wedding, those opting for more contemporary themes might be better off with a different officiant. Intimate Weddings has prepared a great list of things to watch out for when looking for an officiant.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Wedding vendors know more about planning and executing a wedding than you might think, so instead of fussing about and trying to be a one-man wedding party, ask them for help whenever you can. If you have some ideas to make your own wedding a bit more special but are afraid that they might not work within your budget, consult the experts and they’ll let you know how to make it work. Every Last Detail  has put together a wonderful guide to interacting with your wedding vendors, noting that “As much as wedding vendors wish they could, they unfortunately can’t read your mind and know what you want. If you don’t have anything specific that you want, tell them so they can give you ideas and suggestions.”

3. Forget Convention – Do What You Want
Come from a long line of June brides but want to throw a winter wedding? Throw caution to the wind and plan a wedding for December anyway. This should apply not just to your décor and themes, but to everything from your cake and wedding flowers as well. Forget about white blossoms and off-white buds – Simon Richards, product developers for Marks and Spencer  says to trust your own judgment when it comes to colors, and that “if you like a combination, then it probably works.”

4. Plan the Wedding One Step at a Time
Don’t let all the finer details overwhelm you. Make a battle plan and stick to it. As soon as you can, put together a list of all the things you need to accomplish, and set deadlines for each aspect of the wedding planning so you have a clear grasp of what you need to do, and by when. Real Simple’s Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist certainly does a good job of putting things into perspective, so feel free to use this if you’re strapped for time for creating your own.

5. Stay On Track
All the planning and organizing is sure to make you lose track of what really matters in a wedding, and while the theme might be important, make sure you don’t spend so much time on it that it ends up becoming more like a party than a wedding celebration. Make sure you involve your significant other when it comes to the finer details of the wedding as well. Nina Callaway  of About.comrecommends setting aside one day a week for discussing wedding plans with your future spouse, as this doesn’t just take some of the pressure on you, but it also helps make sure that the wedding is reflective of both of your personality.

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