The Best Wedding Advice You’ll Ever Read

When it comes to planning your wedding there are SO many choices, details, and decisions to consider that it can surely become very overwhelming. Will you have a big church wedding? A destination wedding? Will you invite 300 guests or 30? What kind of food will you serve? With all these questions bouncing around in your mind, it can seem impossible to get it all done before the big day. However, we’ve gathered the best bits of advice to make the process of wedding planning a little more manageable for you. Here are some helpful wedding planning tips from brides who have been there, done that.

1. Set your expectations

We all want our wedding day to turn out exactly as we have dreamt about it, if not better. But you can easily get swept up in the craziness of wedding planning that it’s possible to lose sight of what’s important to you on your big day. Before the chaos ensues, it’s a great idea to sit down with your partner and have a conversation that centers around the question: “What do we want this night to mean to us?” Talk about what kind of wedding you both have individually envisioned and what kind of wedding you want that will be meaningful to you. Remember, this is your wedding day, it should be exactly what you want it to be!

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Sharing your ideas before the planning starts helps you to keep your overarching goal in mind and avoid being influenced by other factors or people along the way. Don’t let the process of planning sidetrack you from getting what you want and don’t try to accommodate everyone else – make it special for you! Your guests will enjoy the evening and share the memories with you, but at the end of it, they go home and you and your partner will take those memories with you into your new life together. So, make sure your wedding is planned with your standards, interests, and individual taste in mind. Don’t be pulled into the noise of what a wedding “should be” and make it a wedding you want it to be! Do what is best for you.

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2. Find a great photographer and videographer

Once your wedding has passed, your only source of memories from the big day will be the photographs taken. The day goes by so fast and so much happens that it is very important to have these moments captured beautifully and carefully. Your wedding pictures are something that you will cherish forever, so make sure to hire a professional photographer whose portfolio fits your style. Do your research and find a photographer in your area who fits your budget and expectations. Be open and communicate to your photographer so they understand how many pictures you want and any specific poses, styles, or layouts you want captured, such as shots with family members. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single moment, it’s a great idea to set up a photobooth or have family members share their pictures with you after the event or over social media during the event (create your own hashtag!). This way, you won’t have to worry about not having enough pictures.

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3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Something that a lot of brides-to-be tend to do is take on more than they can handle. But there’s so many things to get done that it is simply impossible to do it all yourself! This is where close family members and your all-star bridesmaids can come in handy. It’s totally OK to need a helping hand at times and it’s great to ask people for assistance because more than likely they will want to help you out. For example, if you need help assembling wedding favors, invite your bridesmaids over for some wine and a movie night and make a fun time out of it! It’s understandable you want to be involved in planning everything, but don’t try to do it all yourself.

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4. Make your wedding awesome

Besides a great bar and awesome dance parties, there’s a secret to making sure your guests have a great time. What truly makes a great wedding even better is giving your guest the chance to participate in fun activities that make it more engaging and interactive for them. Any guest can attend a wedding, but what really makes it special is when a guest feels personally included in the wedding. As mentioned before, photobooths are a great addition to your reception because they encourage guests to have fun and socialize with other attendees. Having a fun, delicious dessert bar like fondue or make-your-own s’mores lets guests enjoy their own dessert creation – and kids will enjoy it too! Whether it’s signing a guestbook, writing words of wisdom, or posing in the photo booth, it’s great to make guests actively participate in the day so your wedding is a memorable time for them, too.

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5. Your day, your way

When you begin planning the details of your wedding like choosing flowers, decorations, or a theme, make sure you stay true to your own style. One of the best qualities about planning your own wedding is that you can consider unconventional or out-of-the-box ideas that fit with your theme and are true to your personality. If you have a passion for music, you can hire a band to play live music or even sing or perform a special song yourself! Letting your uniqueness show makes your wedding that much more special and enjoyable for your loving guests who know you so well.

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It’s crucial to keep your eye on the prize and not let the stress of wedding planning distract you from what is truly important: making your wedding perfect! In this situation, “perfect” is, of course, subjective and defined by you. We hope these tips will be helpful for you as you embark on the mission of planning your big day.

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We've gathered the best wedding tips from brides who have been through the wedding planning process. Find out what is most important to keep in mind for your big day.
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