Let’s get real – we all want that fairytale wedding.  For most of us that means celebrating our love with those closest to us and kissing our sweetheart at the altar.  Although the image may seem picture-perfect, the process can oftentimes get overwhelming. Whether your big day is weeks, months, or a year away, it’s important to keep in mind what things can make or break your big day.  Here are ten things to keep your race to the finish line smooth and stress-free.

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Provide a Detailed Description

When it comes to your wedding invitations, it’s important to be as detailed as possible.  While you may be soaking up your wedding day bliss, guests can get left in the background.  There’s nothing worse than having your guests arrive too early or late because they couldn’t find the location of your big day.  Even worse is to have them standing around waiting for the ceremony and reception to start. Try to provide a detailed itinerary of how the day will go so you don’t leave your friends and family out of the loop.   This will help make your big day easy to navigate for local and out-of-town guests!

Be Realistic About Your Attendee Number

We’ve all heard the stats that 10 percent of people you invite to your wedding won’t be able to come – and up to 20 percent for a destination wedding.  While those numbers seem likely, there’s no certainty that it will be the case for your big day. Many of us will be tempted to over invite and may end up with either too many or too little guests.  Try to keep your guest list within the venue capacity and be sure to check in with guests as the date approaches to get an estimate of what to expect.

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Make Plans After Setting a Budget

It may not be romantic to think about, but setting a budget is one of the most vital parts of wedding preparation.  Some couples make the mistake of booking without having the money conversation. Before you get started making plans on where and when, be sure you have a set budget with some extra wiggle room for any unexpected costs that may come down the road.

Don’t Buy Your Dress First

Don’t make the mistake of booking a rustic barn wedding after you’ve purchased a ballgown dress.  While it may be tempting to immediately purchase a dress after the engagement – it can be tricky to match your frock to the location of your big day.  Make sure you have either booked or chosen a venue so you have a general idea of what to look for when you go dress shopping.

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Do a Hair and Makeup Trial

One of the best ways to save some time on your wedding day is to book a hair and makeup trial with the person who is going to do it the day of, or at a salon that has experience in the bridal world.  This will help nail down what you do and don’t like so you don’t end up feeling indecisive about your day of look.

Make a Rain Plan

If you’re planning on having an outdoor wedding, it is vital to have a rain plan.  Even if the forecast looks bright, you can never be certain about what may happen the day of.  Talk to your venue about what options there are should unexpected weather occur, and if there can be a backup if things get too washed out.

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Hire a Videographer

Don’t let one of your budget regrets be not hiring a videographer.  When it comes to nixing the unnecessaries this often gets taken off the list.  It may not seem necessary to book someone to film your wedding, but we guarantee that it will be worth it in the end.  Videographers can capture your big day in intimate detail, and even get a few things you didn’t even know happened on camera.  Maybe it’s your grandparents reaction to seeing you walk down the aisle, or maybe it’s your spouse as he waits for you to walk into the ceremony.  Having your day filmed is a great way to ensure your memories are captured forever – and not on your friend’s cell phones.

Time Your Vows

Try to schedule your vows around what time is good for photos.  This usually means late in the evening during nature’s ‘golden hour’ just before the sun sets.  Spending time with your photographer planning what time of day will make for the best shots and create a photo timeline so you know when to pause to get those photos your friends will be falling head over heels for.

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

It’s common for couples to be set on a specific or set of traditions for their wedding.  While that does work for some people, don’t be afraid to try something new and different.  Personalizing your wedding day tradition doesn’t mean you gave to make major changes either.  If you’re getting married in the same location as your parents or are dancing to that song that’s been passed down for generations, try adding your own twist on it to make it your own.  

Ask for Help

Don’t forget, your wedding is your time to shine, not to feel overwhelmed with responsibilities.  If things are getting too crazy ask your family and friends for help. Working with a wedding planner is a great way to take off some of the extra baggage, while still being able to have a say into what is going to make your day special.

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