Thursday, 9 November 2017

* Getting Married Without Being Harried

Organising a wedding is a stress-inducing and chaotic experience, but you don’t need to be told that. Hopefully, you’re still in the early stages of planning because a wedding certainly isn’t something that can be planned as a last-minute affair. Booking venues and professionals has to be done months or sometimes a year in advance because you’re competing against hundreds of other soon-to-be-wedded couples.

Whether you’re the bride, the groom, or the planner who’s struggling to make everything look like a girl’s dream come true, we’re going to address this article towards the bride. Why? Because you should be in the mindset of the bride, whether you’re actually her or not. It’s vital to get “in the zone” when planning a wedding. Okay, the groom is important too, but weddings are traditionally centred around the bride. Perhaps you’re thinking outside the box with regards to this wedding and you don’t want everything to be strictly traditional, but there are certainly some universal guidelines when it comes to executing a wedding and reception perfectly. Here are some pieces of advice for getting married without being harried during the process.

The Budget

Budget: that terrible B word. Still, weddings are expensive, and you most likely know that if you’ve started to do research into things you’ll need for the big day. Before you shake hands on any deals, however, you should really form a budget so that you can keep track of where all your money is going. You likely have an upper limit as to how much you can spend on this day. It’ll most likely be in the thousands but there’s probably still a limit, nonetheless. You need to write up a list of all the things you’re going to need to buy for the big day (you can do it after reading this article if you need a little more inspiration first) and then you can start to cost up all those things.

Of course, the venue, dress, food, and entertainment are only some of the costs you’ll incur. You might also want to think about insuring your big day, and you could head to for help with that. It’s not something you really want to think about but it’s a smart move to make in case unexpected weather, illness, or other disasters cause problems on the day; you don’t want to have to fork out a fortune to redo the wedding again. It’s better to spend a little more money early on just to give yourself peace of mind and quiet that worrying voice in the back of your head that’s asking “what if everything goes wrong?”. Planning a budget is the best way to get everything organised in your head too; you don’t want to be constantly fretting about whether you’ve remembered everything. Just take the list with you, wherever you go, and tick things off as they’re done. Avoiding a Bridezilla moment is as easy as that.

The Bride’s Aesthetic

You most likely know that the way the soon-to-be wife looks on her wedding day is a big thing. Whether you think it should be that way or not, it’s hard to kill tradition. And, as the bride, you most likely want to look good on your big day either way. The dress is a huge part of that, of course. Don’t think about money so as much as aesthetic, however. It’s the only thing that matters. If you walk into an expensive dress store and none of them “feel” right on you but you saw a pretty one in a cheaper store or your mum’s wedding dress has sentimental value then go with your gut feeling.

And as for makeup, you should strive for the “pretty but practical” look. It’s going to be a long day, so try to go for a resilient look. As we’ve discussed before, bold lipstick might be a risky option because eating cake, drinking wine, and kissing the groom will all slowly wear away at your lips throughout the day. Plan ahead when it comes to your aesthetic and you’ll be fine. Try out your look in advance (away from the eyes of the soon-to-be groom) as a trial run to see whether you can walk in the dress and whether your makeup feels good. That way, you won’t be worrying about whether it will all feel “right” on the day.

The Venue

Finally, let’s talk about the venue for the ceremony and the reception, whether you decide to hold both in the same building or not. As mentioned earlier, you need to book a wedding venue well in advance if you want to get a date as early as possible. Still, choosing the venue is only one part of the equation. You need to think about the entertainment you have planned and how many guests you’re going to invite; this should influence the decision as to the size and style of the venue you pick. As suggested over at, you should also make sure you have a contract with the wedding caterers, the band, the florists, and so on. You don’t want them to pull out at the last second. It should all be in writing.

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