Four Essential Wedding Planning Concepts
Paperia | January 2015
It’s very easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding planning – the guest list; the seating chart; which entrees to offer; the exact shade of taupe to select for the bridesmaid gowns.
Sometimes these tedious, albeit necessary, considerations can leave brides-to-be buried in decisions and reeling with uncertainty.
Below are four often-overlooked wedding planning concepts that can help to keep you grounded during the planning process.
Delegate. You have bridesmaids and family and close friends. Use them! Your closest clique is more than happy to help you stuff invitations, build the out-of-town hotel bags, and affix labels to favors. The time it takes to complete these tasks can be cut in half when attacked with a team of eager helpers. You’ve got the support system – don’t be afraid to put it to work in your favor!
Prioritize. It’s helpful to prioritize what matters to you most and which elements of the wedding will serve to meet your goals. For example, if you’re dying to have an after-party, perhaps you’ll need to forgo the upgraded appetizers or the elaborate chocolate fountain dessert. Every budget has its limitations, so it is helpful to identify which aspects of the celebration are the most important to you and then to frame all decision with the short “priority list” in mind.
Feelings over finances. Almost every couple is faced with the decision of where to draw the line with the guest list. There will be a point at which you need to cut people, and this may be the most challenging decision you’ll have to make. If there are people you are considering cutting to stay within budget (which is certainly a valid reason), just be sure to consider the future implications. For example, if you’re considering cutting a co-worker or a relatively new friend who lives in your apartment complex, you might want to give pause to this decision. These are people you will see often. Take some time to think it through and discuss it with your fiancé to reach a conclusion that you both feel comfortable with.
What do you want? Remember – you can’t please everyone. This is particularly true during wedding planning. Should you have a buffet or a plated meal? A band or a DJ? An urban hotel or a countryside lodge? There are people who are going to take issue with either side of the coin. So, it is always best to do what you and your fiancé really, truly want to do. This is your wedding after all! Picking a wedding gown for the singular reason that your grandmother loves it is not going to be gratifying for you in the long run. Keep in mind that this is a celebration of you and your life partner’s eternal love. Do what makes the two of you happy, and don’t look back!