Planning a wedding is a notably stressful experience. Thank goodness I haven’t had to plan one for a long time, but this summer and fall were big for family and friends’ weddings which got me thinking. So much stress! But this shouldn’t be the case. Of course, there’s going to be pressure to put on a memorable event. But, generally speaking, the people who put the most pressure down are the people who are planning. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Your wedding should be associated with good and positive memories, not memories of being stressed and down. An easy way to make the experience a little smoother and more relaxing is to create a list of wedding essentials. This will ensure that you have everything you need prepared. Any extras are then an added bonus that can be considered later. Tackling essential purchases early on in the process will help to ease stress, as you won’t be as worried that you’ve missed something major from your to-do list. While everyone’s definition of what’s essential and what’s not for the big day will vary. But below, you will be able to find a list of what people most commonly perceive to be wedding essentials.
The purchase that starts the entire wedding planning process tends to be one of the biggest – the rings. If you’re proposing, you should give your girl a custom-made Tacori ring. If you know you’re going to be proposed to, it’s generally a good idea to lay down your tastes so your partner can get a good idea of the type of ring that you might like. Now, there are all sorts of different claims that say, according to tradition, a set amount of your salary should be dedicated to the ring. But at the end of the day, you should choose something that falls within your budget that you’re also going to be happy to wear every day for the rest of your married life. While rings can be adjusted to better fit down the line, it is highly recommended that you have your ring finger measured. This will ensure you get a perfect fit first time round and will mean that the ring doesn’t need to be altered at all.
Whether you are a bride or a groom, you’re going to want to look your best on your big day. Finding the perfect dress or suit can often be a little difficult and you may not find perfection on first glance. So, get started searching for your outfits early. This will give you time to try different options on and have any alterations made if you find something that you love, but it doesn’t quite fit properly. Once the happy couple’s outfits for the day are sorted, you can start to focus on others’ ensembles. This might include outfits for bridesmaids, best men, parents, page boys, flower girls and more. Tick one set of outfits off your list at a time and you’ll soon work your way through all of them!
Of course, you don’t buy the venue outright. But this is something you’re going to have to book. Popular venues tend to be in high demand, and as a result, they tend to have long waiting lists. So, start viewing potential venues as soon as possible. If you set your heart on somewhere, put a deposit down or even pay outright. This will secure the venue for your big day and will allow you to make other plans around the place you’re getting married. It’s much easier to come up with a wedding theme or color schemes once you’ve got an idea of where the event will be held.
Wedding photographers, like venues, can be in high demand. You want to make sure you choose someone who is good at what they do, but if someone is good at what they do, many people are bound to want to use their services. So, again, place down a deposit to secure your photographer. This will ensure your wedding is booked into their calendar and that you will get the pictures you hope for!
These, of course, are a few common “essentials”. Your big day will revolve entirely around you and what you want, so if you lay particular importance on something else, you might want to shift it to the top of your priority list! The key to success is to remember that this is your big day and you can make it how you want it. Don’t place excessive pressure on yourself. Instead, make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Hopefully, the above advice will help you to plan your wedding in an organized and stress-free manner!