I agree with all the other ladies!! DOC!! She made our day SO much easier! There were things that I know I would have forgot or at least stressed over, but I didn’t have to worry about any of them. We hired a wedding coordinator who worked with us for the months leading up to the wedding on things, too. She helped us with a lot of the planning etc. It SAVED us! Made our lives WAY easier! I would totally recommend a coordinator or DOC!
Breathe! Things are going to go wrong! But, a) hardly anyone will notice and b) it won’t matter. When you are planning a big event (like a wedding : )), things will go wrong, that’s just the way it goes. I remember the 3 days before my wedding feeling SO overwhelmed by things that went wrong. I finally broke into tears and said to my sister “Is this supposed to be a sign or something?”. She was already married, so she understood and just said… “Think about how many things you are planning and how much room there is for something to go wrong. If nothing went wrong during all of this, that would be weird.” When I thought about it, I realized how true this was. From then on, I decided… if something goes wrong, it’s ok! : )
I know your wedding is almost a year away, so this seems odd to start now… but start making a checklist of everything you need and what you need to bring where. Check the list regularly and add to it anything you may have forgot. There were things that I didn’t think of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd time I made my list. Keep lists with DETAILS. Things like, who is going to get my makeup bag from the church/area of wedding to the car. Who is going to take the gifts home. Etc., Etc. This is stuff you DO NOT want to worry about on your wedding day.
Don’t stress about people who didn’t show up. It will happen, and it will be ok! 🙂
Have a list to give your photographer on pictures that you want. Your photography and videography are the things you will have FOREVER. Make sure to get the shots you want.
One piece of advice that someone gave us that I LOVED was this. Don’t leave eachothers side all day/night long. Stay together from the moment you get together till the end of the night. That way, when you look back at your memories, they are together, and none will be seperate. I’m so glad we did this. When my husband says, “Remember when so and so did such and such”, I can say “YEP! : )”.
Finally, don’t worry and ENJOY your day! If things go wrong, it’s ok. If you forget something, it’s ok. If someone doesn’t show up, it’s ok. In the end you will be married to the man of your dreams, and everything will be more than ok! : )