THE 5 BEST WEDDING PLANNING TIPS... TO KEEP YOU SANE
Jan 8, 2019 | By: Dave and Kerri Photography
Congratulations on your engagement! If it hasn’t started already, it will soon; everybody who knows you're engaged will become an expert on wedding planning and will tell you how to plan yours.
We put this list together to give you some better than good advice. In all of our years photographing weddings, we’ve seen some great ideas and also some #SMH ones, too.
This list is perfect for all types of weddings. From the backyard bonfire to the black-tie event. So strap in and get ready for some great tips.
1 - IT MAY BE CHEAPER TO BUY IT THAN MAKE IT
I don’t mean the total cost of buying materials vs. buying from Etsy. You will likely spend less money DIY'ing – at first.
But guess what? Creating your wedding details is not the best time to see how well you remember how to use a glue gun.
We found that out the hard way when I decided to DIY our reception table seating names. U.G.L.Y.
2 - THERE IS NO ''I'' IN TEAM, AND YOU NEED A TEAM
It takes a lot to plan a wedding, and nobody should do that alone.
When someone asks if they can help with the planning of your wedding, let them!
Some ideas on what to get help with: getting the invitations put together and in the mail, handling the RSVPs, and putting together gift bags for guests, making up reception restroom baskets.
3 - FORGET THE WEDDING FAVORS & OPT FOR FOOD
You may be tempted to hand out some really cute party favors. But don’t spend all your money on something your guests will likely throw away.
It may be my Italian heritage, but you will never go wrong if you just feed your guests.
So instead of spending that extra money on those Bride & Groom drink cozies, how about having the kitchen serve up some pizza or sliders later on during the reception.
After some time on the dance floor and a few (or a few too many) drinks, who wouldn’t want something to eat? My Nonna would be proud.
4 - THERE ARE A TON OF OPTIONS... THAT YOU DON'T NEED
Once you start down the planning path you’ll find out that there are like a gazillion options for invitations, table settings, chair covers, stemware... just to name a few!
Simply being aware of the inundation of options is some good advice. You can go from having a good time planning to a total headache if you let the options consume you.
Pick what's important to you and focus on that. Don't let ALL the options make you crazy!
5 - ASK FOR DISCOUNTS (when appropriate)
Once you have a good relationship with your vendors (and you’ve booked with them), I think it’s very okay to ask for a little something extra.
We are very happy to do special "extras" for our couples. It's a great way to show our appreciation for them trusting us to photograph their wedding! Just saying.
BONUS - ASK YOURSELF: WHO CARES?
Even though this is your special day, when it comes to some of the ceremony or reception details a question you have to ask yourself is: Are my guests really going to care?
When it comes down to it, your wedding is a HUGE party you’re throwing for your friends and family. You’re hosting people that you love.
Every decision should come down to whether the guests like it, appreciate it, or notice it at all. What people care about most is the dancing, the food & drink, and if they’re having a good time.
We've never heard a guest say, "That reception would have been better if only the napkins had been a different color!" They will remember the party and the time they spent with you and that YOU looked so happy.
Unless you thrive on stress and chaos, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Don’t let it get to you. Planning a wedding is fun. Get your team together and divide & conquer. Keep it simple and enjoy every step along the way.
And feel free to reach out to us with questions, advice, or just to vent. Remember, we went through exactly what you're going through right now. We get it and we want to help.