I am writing this after my wedding. It is late, but I figure it is better late than never. The wedding process can be quite hectic and though I had plans to document my planning process as it happened, that plan like many others fell of the rador. I have no regrets about that because the number one lesson I learned during this process is that I will not be able to do everything that I plan, so I focused my energies on what really matters. The final result of that is an unforgettable experience. So forget about the perfect wedding, and focus on YOUR wedding. What really matters to you and your husband? It is good practice for marriage.
Out of 365 and sometimes 366 days in a year, it can be overwhelming to pick only one date!! I would love to say that there is a huge significance in our date, but the reality is that it was the date that worked for us. Picking the date boiled down to our love of the autumn season, the availability of our photographer, and lastly the availability of our ceremony site. The stars aligned in October.
Book your Vendors early!! Not being the first among my friends to get married, I was told this advice over and over again. And now I am joining that team to tell you to book your Vendors early!!
There are many advantages to booking early. The most important is that you get your first choices. We felt we were able to book first rate vendors who did great work and who were great to work with. I know that I rave about my vendors, but that is because they are great and thats exactly why I booked them. Our vendors a seasoned in the wedding field and know that couples have enough on their mind. These vendors make things simple for us and they understand how important our wedding day is to us. It made all the differenc for me.
The second advantage to booking early is you save so much time and money!! Being able to pick our first choices meant that we did not have to spend anytime looking for a back-up option. We saved money because second options may be more expensive.
The dreaded budget!! I know it is hard to make one and harder to stay track on one, but it must be done. You have to have a budget. Nothing has to be set in stone, but it will really help you keep on track and help you from going into major debt. It is also great practice with the future budget management when you are married. Everyone has a particular way to deal with budgets, so I will not say much. But one item I do recommend is to budget your honeymoon into your wedding. I am a huge believer of a honeymoon. It is the grand finale to your wedding. Budgeting the honeymoon in the original budget will hopefully prevent you from forgoing the honeymoon due to lack of budget.