- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
Ok. my wedding is just over two weeks away but I AM DONE with EVERYTHING that I can possibly do before actually flying to Colorado to get married. I was never big into weddings or one of those girls that has been planning one forever, so it’s been an interesting process. Here are my two best tips for going into your wedding stress free. Seriously, it can be done. I plan on spending the next two weeks catching up with friends and just living my life, my actual life, not my wedding life…it feels great. So for anyone just starting out, here’s the advice:
1) Budget and save save save for your MAXIMUM number of guests. I know this might seem like a stretch and makes this even harder than it already is, but we knew we would have a max of 150 and were prepared to pay for 150. We have 90 coming. That translates into thousands of extra dollars in our wedding fund. Which means that any problem that arises, we can throw money at it. And we can do some extra things that we wanted to do but weren’t sure we could afford – like a fauxtobooth and candy buffet.
Again, I know that for some people that might seem too challenging but we’ve scrimped and saved for the past year and now at the end are having a blast with our extra nest egg (and yes, we are saving some of it too).
2) Make a to-do list (duh!) but then break it down into months. I would get incredibly overwhelmed when I looked at my HUGE list of DIY projects and wedding tasks but then we broke it down into 10-20 things to do each month. And every month we focused on JUST THOSE THINGS. If we finished them before the month was over, we would jump to the next month, but this technique kept us really focused on small, manageable things to accomplish in a realistic time frame.
I have read too many “I was up until 3am the night before my wedding folding napkins” stories on here and other websites. I didn’t want that to be me and now two weeks out, we’re done. Completely done.
I’m sorry if this sounds smug, it just feels really good! I know that everyone has different schedules and techniques, money issues, etc. but I hope that these two tips can help someone else out. As someone who would have gladly gone to city hall and eloped, I found the above suggestions instrumental in keeping my sanity in this process.
I can’t wait for the wedding! Good luck, ladies!