So you’re finally engaged and you’re about to start planning your wedding! You’ve got several Pinterest boards already going and you’re feeling super confident. That’s how I was feeling about one month after my now husband popped the question. Planning my own wedding was definitely the most exciting project I’ve completed (and yes, I just referred to my wedding as a project)! But let me tell you, there were several valuable lessons I learnt along the way. So, of course, I’m going to share the top 5 things I learnt while planning my wedding with you now!
1. Don’t over-commit to the DIY
I love a DIY wedding and I love a good DIY project. When planning my wedding, I was certain that I was going to DIY all of my flowers. Long story short, my mum made me realise that I simply didn’t have the time or the mental capacity to take on this huge task by myself. In the end, Fine Flowers Katoomba created my bouquets, button holes and hair piece and I DIY’ed the reception flowers and arbour. It was perfect. So, what’s the point of this little tale? While completing a good DIY project for your wedding is super exciting, be wise about how much DIY you commit to.
2. Choose vendors who have the same values as you
This is possibly the most important point you’ll read today – make sure you choose vendors who understand your values and your vision. There is nothing worse than walking into your reception and realising that your stylist has completely missed the mark; or spending hours posing for photos when all you really wanted was a few candid shots with your loved ones. Ideally you want to find vendors who feel more like long lost friends; people who will fit in seamlessly to your day. So how do you do that? Well that is a topic for another blog post! But in short, you need to have a clear vision and you need to do some good old market research. Or, hit us up and we can help you find the right crew!
3. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks
Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that planning a wedding is easy. There are a LOT of decisions and tasks involved in creating your big day. If you can, delegate some of those tasks out to your nearest and dearest. HOWEVER, only delegate tasks that you are happy to let go of control on. In other words, don’t ask your mum to help out if you’re going to watch over her shoulder and micro-manage her the whole time. You need to trust the people you’re delegating to. If you can do this, then your love ones will be stoked to be involved and you will get to shed some of that excess stress. It’s a win-win situation!
4. Trust your gut – always
Here’s another little tale for you and a valuable lesson learnt… It was Saturday morning and I was about to chose the colour of our groomsmen’s pocket squares. I picked terracotta to match our bridesmaids. I then went on to spend more hours than I’m willing to admit researching other pocket squares. In the end, I went with the terracotta. What’s the lesson here? There just isn’t enough time in the day to waste worrying about small decisions, so TRUST YOUR GUT and don’t look back!
5. invest in a wedding coordinator
Last, but certainly not least, is to invest in a wedding coordinator. When it comes to the wedding day there is a LOT happening… Vendors are bumping in; hair and make up is being done; flowers are arriving any minute now; your band are doing sound checks; the reception is being styled; your bridesmaids are handing you another champagne, and you’re worrying about whether your groom has made it through the night before alive! It is seriously a lot for one bride to manage AND still enjoy her day. Cue the Wedding Coordinator. I look after all of your vendors, manage your entire set up and make sure your day runs to schedule so that you can sit back, get pampered and enjoy the day!
So, there you have it – 5 things I learnt while planning my wedding! These tips should save you a lot of time and stress while planning your wedding! For more wedding planning tips, check out our other blog posts!