Congratulation on your engagement! For most people, wedding planning can be very stressful. Unless you routinely stage Washington, DC galas, it is likely the biggest event you’ll ever plan. However, that doesn’t mean that the day won’t be magical or that the planning has to be impossible. Here are four tips to get you started!
Try to Be as Organized as Possible
Organization is key to any large project, and wedding planning is no exception. Maybe you’re a blank slate, or maybe you have already been planning the big day, from the engagement party to wedding to after party, in your heads for years. Start a solid checklist (either on paper or online) and work on it together. Set aside time specifically to work on planning, when neither of you is distracted by something else, and discuss your visions. This can be a little time each day or a chunk once a week. There are lots of tools online to help you stay organized – use whatever works.
Remember to Share the Workload
Sometimes couples make the big decisions – the date, the theme, the budget – then one person takes on all of the research tasks. Remember that this is the big day for both of you, and both of you should be involved in the planning. After you’ve started your to-do list, divide the tasks equally. If one of you is getting quotes from venues, the other can be contacting caterers. Then you can come back together and discuss what you’ve learned so you can make a decision together.
Be Fair and Flexible with Each Other
When you’re in the weeds of planning, it’s easy to get emotional about the details. Be honest with your partner about the stuff that is really important. Maybe you both already know the perfect first dance song but you can’t decide on music for the ceremony. Talk it out, listen to each other, and be reasonable.
Remember that this is Business
Once you have an idea of what you want, it is time to start looking for professionals: the caterer, the florist, the DJ and so on. Remember that this is their business. They are here to make the day what you want, but they aren’t mind readers. When you sit down with them, be specific about your expectations and don’t assume anything. Your professional can’t help you if they don’t know what you’re thinking about. Finally, make sure that your contract – you should always have one! – spells out exactly what you agreed to. Read it before you sign it.
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