There is something special about entering your wedding year. Suddenly everything really sets in, and it all feels real! Congratulations to the 2019 Bride and Grooms to be - you made it! It is an exciting journey, and sometimes a little nerve wracking, but we have a few resolutions you should consider when it comes to planning your wedding day. Maybe one of these has been on your mind, and this is your sign to make the decision that is right for you and your significant other!
1. Remember the true meaning of your wedding
When designing your day, always try to keep two things in mind: 1) your partner + 2) your budget. Those two items may be a two-in-one if you two are paying for your own wedding! If your significant other doesn't mind having a lush and gorgeous arbor for your wedding (that may or may not go over budget) we say go for it! But if you are not seeing eye to eye, your wedding planner or florist can help you find a happy medium to avoid any hard feelings and breaking the bank.
2. Keep a list of what is important
Your list of important items will not only keep your new and upcoming ideas grounded, but it will also significantly help when designing your day and budget. We know the wedding planning brain never stops, and new ideas pop in your head on a daily basis but try to remember what has been important to you from the start! Keep a small journal in your purse or nightstand to jot down new ideas. If the idea sticks around, incorporate it! Your day will be beautiful no matter what, and the the few things that are of high importance always stand out to your guests.
3. Make your guest list No.1 on your to do list
The guest list is such a big part of the planning process. Essentially everything revolves around it! The planning process should always start with you and your partner sitting down and talking about who you would love to be present when you exchange your vows. While it may be frustrating and tedious, you both will be so happy you did it and got it over with. You may dream of an intimate wedding only to realize you both have pretty large families and friend groups and that intimate wedding turns into 200 guests!
4. Ask for help
If you're feeling overwhelmed with the long to-do list of things to accomplish, remember there is plenty of help. Whether it is your mother, maid of honor, wedding planner, or your partner; everyone close to you knows that you have a lot on your plate and would be more than happy to help! It takes a village, and it should be enjoyable for you during such an exciting time in your life.
5. Feel guilt free about an adult-only wedding
Adult-only weddings have become a very popular thing and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it! Children are wonderful; but if you are stressed about them crying during your ceremony or adding those little ones onto your guest list makes you go over budget, most parents will understand (and possibly jump for joy!) and get a babysitter for the night.
6. Don't be afraid to switch it up
Is your Mom walking you down the aisle? Are you loving the idea of white bridesmaid dresses? Do you have a male best friend that you want to stand on your side? One of the biggest things to remember is that it is YOUR wedding day! Everyone has an opinion on every subject matter, but you and your spouse's top them all. Going against tradition may be scary at first, but if it is really what you want you will thank yourself on the big day when it's everything you imagined and more!
7. Don't stress over the small stuff
Your wedding day is going to be one of the best days of your life. You will be surrounded by everyone who loves the two of you, and you won't be worrying about what finish the silverware is or that you didn't rent cushions for your ceremony chairs. In the moment when things aren't going the way you expected, it is incredibly stressful and discouraging but fear not. Your guests will be more focused on how amazing your meal is rather than the finish of your silverware and everyone will be in awe when they see your beautiful ceremony unfold. Everything in the end falls into place, so we encourage you to worry less and enjoy the remaining days of your engagement!
8. Trust your vendors
You and/or your planner researched and hand picked your vendors to execute your day, and you should trust them! Make sure you are thorough, look at all the options, and ask plenty of questions. Maintaining open communication and honesty with them is very important - they want to know what you like and don't like! Once they have presented a proposal to you and you confirm it, it is time to sit back and relax! They will give you a deadline for changes and be in contact with you if they need anything further. Hiring the right group of professionals takes major items off of your to-do list!
Planning your wedding should be enjoyable; so if there is ever a time that you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break and remember what it is all about: marrying the love of your life! We hope everyone has a wonderful start to their 2019!
The Hill & Co. Creative Team