How to 'Stay True To You' When Wedding Planning
1. Remember why the two of you are doing this in the first place
It may seem an obvious statement, but it’s very easy to get swept away in the stress of planning a wedding & become overwhelmed by all the choices & decisions that need to be made.
Remember to take a step back and remember why you are doing this in the first place. In the end it doesn’t really matter if the deep teal table runner doesn’t match exactly to the tone of the bridesmaids dresses!
2. Decide what is truly important to each of you & as a couple
Working out what your priorities are & what elements of the wedding are the most important to you, & each other as a couple, will help to create a truly personal & intimate wedding that is reflection of you both.
It could be a particular flower that reminds you of your first date or a certain food that you always cook together at the weekends & that you can incorporate into your wedding catering. Or perhaps having amazing photos is a must & you want to prioritise some of the budget towards hiring an awesome photographer. Whatever it may be, doing this early on will help you work out what is truly importatnt to you & incorporate personal elements & your story as a couple into your day.
3. Check in along the way
What you want may change along the way as your ideas develop. That’s totally cool and normal! But I would always advise to check in with each other as your wedding planning progresses & take some time to make sure you are both happy with the decisions that are being made & that you are not heading down a certain route that in actual fact isn’t what you want.
4. Tradition is not a must
It’s Your Day, Your Way & that means you can choose what elements you want in your wedding & which you don’t. There will probably be family members & friends adding in their recommendations & advice, but always remember to check in with yourself & your other half to make sure your sticking to what is true to you & not your Great Aunt Sally!
Perhaps white really isn’t your thing & you’ve always dreamed of a blush pink, sky blue or deep velvet wedding gown! And why not…..It may raise a few eyebrows from you Gran, but if it’s truly what you want & you would regret not following your own style, then go for it!
On the flip side of that, if some traditions are super important to you, then you should absolutely include these too.
5. Remember to have fun!
You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with & you’re getting married! It a time to celebrate! And yes it can be overwhelming & stressful, with lots of decisions to make & plans to arrange, but please remember to slow down, take a moment to take it all in & have some fun along the way.
6. Set a budget
Perhaps not the most fun part, but setting a budget should be one of the first steps in planning your wedding. Once you have a figure in mind it will guide all your planning decisions & help focus you on want your priorities are & where you want to spend your money. The last thing you want to be doing as newlyweds is stressing about money or overspending on your wedding & worrying about debt, when you should be enjoying your honeymoon.
7. Work with vendors that you love
When your searching for suppliers for your big day be sure to check out their posts & images on social media to get a feel for their style & aesthetic & examples of what they’ve done for previous weddings. You’ll get a good idea if they fit with your own style & your wedding vision.
Vendors & suppliers are also be a great source of ideas & inspiration, so feel free to get their input & ask for their ideas in how to incorporate your personality into your wedding day.