Here’s a quick edition of #RealBrideAdvice for today. Bride-to-be Alyssa was featured only a few days ago in her lovely lakeside picnic engagement by Kati Hewitt Photography, and she had quite a lot to share with other brides-to-be who are in the wedding planning phase.
Here are her 7 Wedding planning tips and #7 is a total crack up!
1. Start planning early.
“My goal is to be relatively stress free the week before our wedding because I have planned everything out already, but we’ll see if that actually happens. Todd and I are still in college, and we are planning on getting married after we graduate (a month after to be exact!). This summer we wanted to get as much done as possible over the summer break before school started.”
2. Don’t start planning right away.
“But didn’t you just say…yes, hear me out. The day Todd and I got engaged there were very few people who knew about it. We were staying with his family in San Antonio, and I called my family (who we were seeing later that weekend in Dallas). I am so thankful that I could just enjoy that night without calling and texting everyone in my life about the news. We got to relax, play a few card games with his family, and just enjoy being engaged together.
The next day we called everyone we knew and shared our news, and posted it on Facebook almost four days after. We didn’t start really planning for a few weeks for the same reason. It was fun to just be engaged for a while before wedding planning takes over.”
3. Don’t stress over the little things.
“I freaked out over my engagement photos. Looking at how awesome they turned out, you’d never know, but I stressed about every detail. I overthought about the outfits, and the props, and, and, and. Your engagement photos should be a reflection of your love story. If you show up in jeans and a t-shirt, but you are with the one you love, then your pictures will be amazing and beautiful. Period.
Once we got there, it was like a two hour long date. We giggled and laughed and had a great time just being together and our amazing photographer (Kati Hewitt) was there to capture it all.”
4. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate.
“I am an organized, to-do list making, perfectionist. I delegate. You should too. There are so many people who are willing to and WANT to help you out: Your mom, his mom, your aunt in another state, your bridesmaids, your fabulous MOH, your grandmother…”
5. Stay Organized.
“Use whatever system works best for you. I have a giant wedding binder, checklists on WeddingWire and Trello, and ten different wedding excel documents (guest list, timelines, budget, vendor comparison lists). I make lists of my lists, and get joy from crossing things off. (I know, I’m weird). But do whatever works for you to stay organized.”
6. Take breaks.
“Every day of every week shouldn’t revolve around the wedding. You will burnout, and your friends will get really annoyed.”
“It’s like the duct tape of weddings. It can fix anything.”