You’re walking in the clouds. Your true love has finally proposed, and the date for your wedding has been set. Now what? There are about a trillion things that need to be done: a marriage license must be acquired, a photographer must be found, menus must be chosen, a band must be hired, invitations must be sent. And, of course, the perfect wedding gown must be found. The task at hand may seem overwhelming. Relax. This is your big day. The days leading up to it do not have to become your big headache. There is no reason why your wedding plans should dampen the joy you felt when he first slipped that ring over your finger.
Now that you’ve chosen a date, one of your next steps should be to establish a budget. Keep your income in mind as you are doing this. Decide how much you are able and willing to spend, or how much debt you will be able to pay off in a reasonable amount of time. An overly extravagant wedding that leaves you bankrupt may leave you with little more than extra stress. Think of the type of wedding you want to have while planning your budget. Larger or more formal weddings tend to cost a little more. Small or informal weddings require less money. Your wedding plans should be a reflection of your desires, but remember to keep cost in mind. If your dream dress costs more than you think you can afford, you may have to sacrifice the expensive invitations for something a little simpler, so that you can redirect more money to that dress. Or you may have to choose a smaller cake in order to purchase more flowers for that elegant look. Prioritizing and budgeting will make it much easier to keep your wedding plans in perspective and will save you the stress of having to pay off too much debt later.
Once your budget is set, it is extremely important to organize. Wedding plans can become complicated, and it can be easy to lose track of things. To avoid this stress, it is wise to invest in a wedding planning book (easy to find online or in a local bookstore) or to create a binder in which you will keep track of the decisions you have made. Be sure to keep a list of phone numbers as well. You will need to keep in touch with your florist, your photographer, the band’s manager, and any number of other people. Having everything organized neatly into a book or binder will save you some confusion and the stress of having to remember everything on your own. As extravagant as the wedding itself may be, you want to keep your wedding plans as simple as possible.
Of course there is more to wedding planning than budgeting and organization. There are countless details that need to be taken care of. But these two basic suggestions will help take the stress out of working out the details, and will help you enjoy the time leading up to your big day. Keeping these things in mind will help you to have more fun as you set your wedding plans in motion