Brides….What’s next? The No Stress Planning.
Hmmmmm! What is your story?
Is there a story to tell?
Inside of YOU is a story waiting to exhale. YOU have a family coming in to one of the grandest affairs planned. Your mother and father have accepted the groom as your partner for life. They want him to be your Prince Charming.
Oh what a love story this is going to be. Full of romance and mystery and joy and . . .
Uh Oh . . . I have to plan this thing. Wow!
What’s next? Now what do I do?
YOU have chosen your man. Now it’s time to decide how YOU want your wedding to come together?
All these depend on your priorities. What do YOU think is important enough to be remembered in 20 years.
Before anything starts, have a budget in mind. Now be aware that some budgets are altered as time passes, but it is better to know up front a ballpark figure that you plan for.
Decide up front if you want a wedding planner. Remember that a planner has the resources to possibly save you some money in certain areas. They know the ins and outs of the entire industry and can be a great help in eliminating issues that come up unanticipated.
The venue (with catering, linens, etc), the photographer, and the music will most likely be your largest investment.
What about a venue? Do YOU want indoors or outdoor? The weather or the seasons can make a difference in that decision. Do YOU have a picture in your mind about the “look” of your wedding? There are many choices to choose from.
Do YOU want a great photographer? What style do I want? Do I want art or just photos? The person of choice can make a serious difference in how things are captured. A great photographer knows what to do, and how to do it, and can see “lighting” issues that come up to help YOU have great images. Amateurs do know these things. They can throw some flash on their cameras and make YOU believe they are a pro. Just remember: ONLY the photos will be left after your wedding. There won’t be a second chance to get this. A sister or brother, aunt or uncle, or family friend won’t always suffice. Why? They are distracted with family and they also want to enjoy your day with YOU.
How about music? Getting along with your DJ or live music band can make a difference in how the reception flows. I have heard brides say, “I can bring my ipod”. All the music I have is on there. True! True! However, who’s going to emcee this great affair you’re planning? YOU would be the one everyone would come to next for the pace of your event. I guess YOU might not be having much fun now because YOU are still planning. The cost of a DJ or live band far outweighs the stress placed upon YOU when everyone asks YOU “what’s next”.
Beyond these things, the best way for YOU to gain insights is to seek personal referrals or go to websites and look at testimonials, etc.
One other thought. Meet with your professionals before making a decision. That way YOU can gain insights in them and YOU can look into their eyes during the Q&A time.
In a nutshell, this is a fun time for you, the bride. Stress can be remedied if YOU start smart and don’t get overwhelmed with all the planning. This is supposed to be fun for YOU.