Planning a wedding can make you nervous and stressed, and once your wedding day comes around, you will be too overwhelmed and your guests can tell whether you’re a relaxed bride or not.
So to make sure you stay self-assured and organized and have everything under control, here are some tips from an internationally acclaimed wedding planner, David Tutera:
“This is your day! How many times have you heard that phrase? Yet I’ve noticed that somehow when a girlfriend becomes a fiancé, she seems to lose all confidence in both the smallest and largest big-day decisions. And this is not a good place to find yourself in when you’re in the midst of wedding planning.”
“Everybody is going to have an opinion, whether helpful or not. Isn’t it amazing how everyone wants to weigh in? That’s why I always suggest my brides keep the size of their advice entourage to a minimum. This is my number-one rule. Too many voices can make you lose sight of your vision. This is your day. Think about what the phrase means, and make it your mantra.”
“Now that your creative bridal juices are flowing, write everything down, and start compiling a planning binder. As the process unfolds, you can start filing vendor contracts and timelines as well. Once you have your ideas, plans and inspiration in one place, you’ll discover that this organization has given you the luxury of feeling cool, calm and collected—literally!”
“Enlist a friend or bridesmaid to act as a buffer throughout the planning process. Let her be the one to keep you above the fray when it comes to navigating potential landmines such as dress shopping and catering decisions. Consider the same strategy for the big day itself, when you might need help smoothing out awkward situations: a guest whom you’d rather avoid; the mother-in-law who swoops in at inopportune moments.”
Surround yourself with a small group of positive people. Trust your gut and listen to your heart. They will never steer you wrong.
Adapted From: Bridal Guide