If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times. When it comes to wedding planning, part of the main difficulty is that many people are doing it for the very first time. Sure, you may have been part of a wedding party, helped a friend with their plans, but when it comes to your own wedding, it can be stressful to say the least. Of course hindsight is always 20/20. But that’s not exactly helpful for your own wedding.
That’s why we decided to reach out to some brides to seek their advice. We asked them one question: “What is something you wish you knew when planning your wedding?” So if you’re in the process of planning your own wedding, we hope that some of these responses may provide you with comfort or insight.
“Know your timelines, so much has to be done far in advance. There’s nothing worse than realizing you should have had something prepared months ago.”
This is such a common struggle. Find our Wedding Planning Timeline here, to be as prepared as possible for getting everything completed without too much stress!
“Remember vendors work for you! If they give you bad vibes move on.”
Say it louder for the people in the back! Couples on average hire about 14 wedding vendors for their big day. You want to ensure you’re happy from the start with the professionalism of your vendors.
“Be upfront with your bridal party about the associated costs and give them plenty of space to feel like they can say no if they want/need to.”
From dresses to bachelorettes and everything in between, being in a wedding party can be quite costly. If your family/friends can’t or don’t want to spend the money that comes with your big day, remember to honor those relationships! They’ll be very grateful for your consideration and will still join you on your big day. The last thing you would want is any resentment to foster due to your wedding.
“Focus your photography time on family photos, don’t spend hours with your bridal party. You only need a few shots of you all together. Instead make your family and guests more of a priority.”
Of course, it’s your personal preference of who will be included in your photos but we always like to recommend a good balance for what you capture on that special day.
“Be sure to chat with your parents and future in-laws about expectations they may have and create boundaries from the get go about how planning will proceed.”
While seeking everyone’s advice can get overwhelming rather quickly, it can be helpful to set boundaries and have conversations early on in the process to avoid any surprises or stress. Plus, laying out groundwork may help with unsolicited advice that is bound to pop up.
“No one noticed we didn’t have a cake. For us, it was too expensive and we found it to be useless. We had no regrets.”
Remember that some traditions are meant to be broken. There is no rule that you have to have anything in particular at your wedding, other than maybe your spouse!
Forget the “Bride” swag, you’ll never use it again.
There isn’t much nowadays that can’t be labelled with “bride”, you can always consider selecting things that fit your taste and aesthetic so that you know you can make use of them in the future!
“Don’t go nuts with flowers, they’re expensive enough, that money can be put towards other things.”
The cost of florals adds up quickly. Learn how you can cut the cost of your flowers here.
If you haven’t yet checked wedding photographers off your list feel free to take a look at our portfolio! Moreover, we’d love to hear from you about how we can be a part of your special day. Contact us today! And be sure to follow us on Pinterest, where we are always pinning the latest in wedding trends.