If you’ve always wanted to hear wedding planning tips from a bride, I’m here to spill them. After planning my own wedding, I’ve compiled some of the most useful tips that I learned from the process. As both a bride and a wedding professional, I just so happen to have the insights!
I‘m Engaged, what now?
My husband and I got engaged on the gorgeous beach of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. But if only I had known that as soon as my feet hit the ground in Asheville the stress would roll in. I would have taken one more nap oceanside with a Pina Colada. Wedding planning was harder than I had ever imagined. One of the perks of being a wedding photographer is that I just show up for the best parts of the process. I had no idea how challenging the months leading up were.
Wedding Planning Tips From A Bride
- Set Boundaries– Firstly, set boundaries with your friends and family. Make it known that your wedding day is completely about you and your partner. I found that people immediately tried to sway us to make decisions based on their own likes and opinions. That just isn’t how it works, y’all.
- Book Your Wedding Vendors Early– The earlier, the better. As a wedding photographer, I book up to 3 years in advance. So your date may not be available. If you are dead set on a certain vendor, be sure that the date you choose is available with their schedule before moving forward. Here’s a post on when to book your wedding photographer.
- Surround Yourself With A Tribe- There are so many little things that need to be done leading up to the big day. For me, my mother and grandmother were the biggest supporters. My mom went well beyond my maid of honor to help out anywhere she could. When choosing your bridal party, pick the right people. The ones you can count on!
- Don’t Rely on Pinterest- When I was planning my own seating chart, I had an idea in my head. However, I couldn’t find a single example of it online. Even after googling and searching Pinterest for hours. Instead, I just sketched out the idea, handed it to my wedding planners, and watched it come to life. Part of planning your wedding is making sure it has unique pieces that showcase your and your partner’s love.
- Remember That There Is Life After the Wedding- Sometimes, planning a wedding can seem like the most important thing in the world while it’s happening. Although it is so incredibly exciting, don’t forget that your relationship is what is most important at the end of the night. Don’t let the stress of wedding planning come in between the two of you.
My husband and I a few minutes before last call at our own wedding
Bouquet and Floral Arch by Rose Moss Designs