Jake and I are officially less than two months away from saying I Do and I need all the help I can get! ! I decided to bring together some of my favorite bits of advice from real brides to help! I love everything these brides have to say, because it’s genuine and honest. If you’re a real bride reading this post or you’re currently planning your own wedding, feel free to comment below with your own two cents!
Girl. Honestly. “Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.” We can’t say it enough. Make it “YOU” but remember, less is more! Never lose sight of what this day is all about. It’s about marrying your best friend and it’s gonna happen! Enjoy the process and have gratitude for each step of the way.
We all love the wedding planning process, but we aren’t good at everything. We all have this fun project we MUST DO (ie, designing our own wedding invitations or making our bridesmaids robes). If you want to do something you’re not sure how to - jump in and do it! When you get in over your head, ask for help! There’s probably a person in your soon-to-be village who can help!
Remember, the biggest success was your family and friends all coming together and having a great time. You spend a year planning for this one day, and to see everything come together in the end is priceless!
Plan ahead and don’t let your budget determine the wedding you will have! I mean, obviously, the budget isn’t a sexy topic, but one we have to talk about. There are ways to make it less of a burden: get married on a weekday, plan to have a couple tax returns instead of just one, get creative about how you spend the money you do have. You can put in the effort to make your own wine, cut corks, painting plywood for signs, or hand creating your favors. Sure, you’ll put in a lot of time, but you’ll save the money.
Stay true to who you are as a couple and incorporate things that mean the most to you as a couple… even if it’s not traditional! If being outside and hiking is what brings you two closer together, let’s plan one for the wedding day (or rehearsal!) If you’re planning a wedding from a distance, definitely hire a wedding planner.
I think the bottom line is to remember why you’re getting married in the first place and just enjoy your wedding as much as possible. Sounds easy, right? I think we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves when we’re planning something for months on end. You build it up a lot in your head and it’s very easy to forget why you signed up for it in the first place. As long as you do the prep work, have a good attitude, and have some helping hands, you will have the wedding day you always dreamed about.