This week we asked our brides to weigh in on our Facebook page.
We’ve chosen our top ten favorite, most valuable pieces of advice, as told by you, to consider when planning your wedding.
1) “Make a list of everything you need to do and group them into what you have to do each month before your wedding. Use a couple of lists from different websites, then organize it in a way that works for you. Then only focus on what you have to do that month. Have a smaller list to focus on will help reduce the stress of everything you have to do.” — Sara Butkus
We have helped break down the average 12 month planning journey. If you have ever wondered when you need to buy what, we have a helpful list to ensure you stay on track. View our Buying Guide here.
2) “Dress, shoe shopping, hair and makeup pick yourself by yourself. It becomes a game of opinions and you may not end up with the results you want.“ — Shylah Karuks
When considering these details, it is a good idea to look at many different styles. Remember to keep an open mind because you just might surprise yourself! We have some great ideas on our Pinterest board if you are looking for somewhere to begin.
3) “Planning a wedding is stressful enough. Your girls are there to support you and help you keep everything in check so you have less to worry about. Delegate duties to your bridesmaids and anyone else willing to help your plans and you. Stick to your plans and your choices. This is you and your future husband’s day and No one else’s.” — Tricia Ann Chubb
If you are having a hard time asking for help, try to ask yourself “why?” You might be nervous about losing control of your vision or maybe you are afraid to bother anyone. It is important to remember that your bridesmaids and family care about you a lot and want to help make your day a success. Try starting with something small. You might find that planning gets easier with extra sets of hands.
4) “Get a binder and make a list of what you need to get and mark it off once it is done. Keep guest lists and anything you are needing for the wedding all together in one binder. It is helping me A LOT.“ — Jess Woodward
It is important to pick a system that works best for you. Spreadsheets, lists, wedding apps and binders can be great assets to your planning. Find a way to keep everything together and you will be on your way to a smooth engagement.
5) “I have defiantly learned a lot planning our wedding but I wish earlier on I knew about hidden prices in venues. I almost got ripped off at our first choice because they didn’t want to tell us until they signed until I requested I knew all before signing. We found a venue with all the fees laid flat out beforehand. Be careful of any hidden fees or extra costs from venues and even vendors. It’s defiantly helped me keep a eye out when picking things now.“ — Desiree Diamond
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Wedding vendors are experts in their field and have a lot of helpful information. The more you know, the more prepared you will be.
6) “I wish I knew how many little details went into planning and how much every little thing costs. You put wedding in front of anything and the cost doubles!! Advice: really do your research before you do ANYTHING. get prices. And certain themes cost more. Pick a theme that will go with your budget. I never knew this!! Good luck to future planners.“ — Taya Gorissen
Creating your wedding budget can be tricky business. That is why we have put together the Weddingstar-Budget-Planning-Document. Just place a few details in the cells and watch as it automatically gives you a guideline for your spending!
7) “Remember to breath, enjoy planning your wedding. Once your wedding day arrives, it is over in a flash with barely enough time for you to realize what has happened! Also, make a conscious effort to walk around to every table at the reception and thank everyone for making it to your big day – it goes a long way.“ — Valerie Richards
We really cannot stress enough how much organization helps. Try to do as much as you can in advance so that little things don’t creep up on you at the end. It will help your stress level stay low and keep things running smoothly.
8) “When you think you’ve found the dress, sleep on it! You might realize the next day that you were so fixated on one part of the dress that you realized you didn’t like another part.“ — Lauren Connors
This tip is very useful in other areas as well. When it comes to the big decisions like color palette and theme, take a few days or even a couple of weeks before making your final decision. If it is still perfect for your day, then you will know it is the right decision.
9) “Make sure you put personal touches on your wedding! A “pinterest-perfect wedding” can be beautiful, but don’t forget to add some details that are uniquely you! It will set your wedding apart from the rest and make it really memorable for you and your guests.” — Jade Demers
Don’t be afraid to break tradition or bend the rules a little. If something isn’t your style, then make a few adjustments along the way. You and your husband are unique as a couple and your wedding is a wonderful chance to celebrate that.
10) “Postage is expensive! Remember that! lol“ — Tanya O’Connor
Make sure to check the price of stamps beforehand. Visit your postal service’s website or even take an invitation to the post office. They will be able to weigh and measure it to tell you exactly what it will cost. It is always a good idea to try and avoid any surprises with your wedding budget.