Getting married is something that should always be a cause for celebration. From the moment that a proposal is accepted, it generally is. The big day on the horizon is a shining beacon in your future. The prospect of making a life together with the person you adore. The chance to get everyone together to see two separate lives become one. The whole thing is exhilarating and fills you with energy.
The flip side of this is, of course, that it’s a nervous time. It’s a fact that excitement and anxiety are two sides of the same coin. Anything you want this much will cause your stomach to knot from time to time. In a lot of ways, it’s like the first flush of being in love. It’s positive, it’s life-affirming, it’s romantic, but yes, it is also going to be something of a tightrope. Emotionally speaking, it can be draining.
The good thing about planning a wedding and getting married is that the uncertainty of a new love isn’t there. The less good thing is that it condenses a lot of things that need to be done, and people that need to be contacted, into a short time frame. If you’re planning a wedding, it can feel like trying to plan a military operation. Except it would be a lot easier if you had an army ready to act on your orders at a moment’s notice.
Being prepared to spring into action and get things sorted out is essential to make sure that the day itself goes as smoothly as possible. Even knowing that can be stressful. But it doesn’t need to be beset with nerves. Following some rules and tips will make the process go smoother.
You Need About Half Of What People Will Say You Need
One reason that weddings are known to cost so much money is that people pay for everything they are told they will need. And yes, you want your wedding to be special. The phrase “money is no object” may be used. Unfortunately, money is an object unless you’re an oil baron or mid-to-high ranking royalty. And people will tell you that a lot of non-essential things actually are essential.
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Do you need a Rolls Royce to ferry bride and father to the wedding? No. It’s nice, but you don’t need it. Do you need live doves to release after the ceremony? No, and the doves won’t particularly appreciate it. Do you need stilt-walking fire-eaters at the reception to hand out the champagne? You don’t. Ever. People will actually judge you for having them.
It’s Your Day. What Means The Most To You?
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When it comes down to it, a wedding is an occasion when two people pledge themselves to one another. In this, they forge a partnership that respects them as individuals but creates something more, too. The wedding day should be all about the bride and groom. If you want to use some elements to give a nod to someone special in attendance, that’s great. If there is someone who couldn’t be there, all the more so.
But for those extra touches – and every wedding has them – less is very frequently more. Pick a few things that mean a lot to you as individuals and as a couple. Some people will throw everything they can at a wedding, and anyone honest will tell you they forget about 90% of it. Make your wedding reflect you and your future spouse, and it will be remembered for that.
Get The Little Touches Right
There are some aspects of a wedding which are just traditional and undeniable. They have stood the test of time to become a tradition because they are also practical. Sending out invites allows you to keep track of who’s invited, RSVPs let you know who’s coming. Save The Date cards ensure that people know when to book time off.
Classy invites and wedding stationery supplies from a company such as Paper Themes will make a statement. It shows a touch of thoughtfulness which will stick in people’s minds and get them in the mood for the day. These are the kind of things that you do need to include when planning a wedding.
Once all the fundamentals are in place, the rest of the planning for your wedding will fall into line much more easily. Make sure that you have invites, stationery, outfits and venue sorted out. From there any other aspects you deem necessary will be a lot less stressful to arrange.