8 Practical Wedding Planning Tips That Every Bride Can Actually Use

It’s no secret that planning a wedding is hard work. In order to stop yourself from going insane, it’s crucial to know a few practical wedding tips that are actually useful. This is more than just knowing what color is popular or what’s trending on Pinterest. Instead, it’s all about approaching the process in a way that ensures that your big day is exactly how you want it.

Granted, planning any kind of event is stressful. This is especially true when it means so much to both you and your loved ones. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be a catastrophe. It also doesn’t mean that you have to drive yourself (and everyone around you) totally crazy. By keeping your head on straight and remembering the point of getting married, you’ll be less likely to get burnt out.

These tips are ideas that aren’t typically emphasized or mentioned for wedding planning. Often, these are the tips that are overlooked or forgotten. They’re also applicable to all type of weddings and brides, regardless of style, culture, gender orientation, or religion. It all comes down to the mere celebration of marrying someone that you love.

Ready to throw a wedding? Here we go!

1. Start planning as soon as possible

Like, extremely early. Begin brainstorming themes within a few days of the question being popped, if you must. You don't have to go all Pinterest crazy, but it's worth talking about color schemes and style with your partner. Because this aspect of wedding planning can take ages to hash out, there's going to be a lot of room for refinement and polishing. This will give you ample room to be picky about what you include in your wedding, instead of making panic moves at the last minute.

2. Stand your ground

Depending on your family and culture, relatives might try to control every aspect of your big day. Of course, they're probably just trying to show care and support. However, whatever you do, make it a point to go for what you want. If you absolutely must meet them halfway, then so be it — as long as certain concepts and details reflect your wishes.

3. Plan a budget in advance

Again, planning is everything. Keep a record of all your anticipated expenses and leave some room for unexpected, last-minute necessities. Designate a binder with categorized folders, if you must — whatever you need to do to keep yourself organized. Hang on to all those receipts, too. It's the best way to make wedding budget planning less stressful than it has to be.

4. Research blackout dates to avoid

Figuring out when to celebrate the big day is a big deal. Holidays, family celebrations, and school affairs can get in the way of your guests' attendance. Even sports events and popular traveling periods can make it harder for loved ones to attend. Take some time to research wedding blackout dates, and select a day wisely.

5. Stalk social media

Well... you know what I mean. Use social media to your advantage, and check out the millions of wedding-related hashtags for ideas and tips. Instagram provides amazing visuals, while Twitter is home to tips and tricks from blogs, experts, and actual brides. The Internet is an endless (free) source of information.

6. Photograph the process

The many steps that lead up to the big day are just as important as the big day itself. Don't forget to snap photos of the planning process, the people involved, and everything in between. Smartphones are a thing, after all. Consider writing in a journal to record your feelings and thoughts as you sift through the details. Years from now, it will be an amazing experience to look back on what exactly went into your wedding day.

7. Ask, ask, ask

Don't be afraid to ask questions along every step of the way. Looking for someone to do a favor? Just ask — it won't hurt. Wondering if a vendor will alter their usual package for something that's more your style? Ask again. It's worth the attempt and potential rejection to go for something that will truly fit your vision.

8. Trim your guest list

Not only will it help your budget, but it will make the entire event more manageable. Fortunately, small weddings are popular these days. If you're really strapped for cash, consider making a "no plus-one" policy. This will keep it down to the bare minimum, and give you some peace of mind.

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