Photograph by Wedding photographer Blane Marable

Many couples agree that it can be more stressful than exciting when thinking about the planning and process that goes into making their wedding day perfect. Wedding planning can be very overwhelming for a recently engaged pair, especially if you have no idea where to start. To help with this tedious process, here are some important do’s and don’ts to keep in mind. 


  1. DO stick to a strict wedding budget

It can be tempting to bend your budget and go all out for your big day, but keep in mind that you create a budget for a reason. More times than not, you can find a cheaper alternative for many decorations, entertainment, etc.. If a family member offers to pay for a portion of the wedding, it is smart to give them a specific thing to help with that you are comfortable putting in their control. 


  1. DO put yourself first

Many couples tend to think of their parents, relatives, or friends while planning their wedding and what would make them happy, rather than thinking of themselves. It is YOUR special day, so you should prioritize what you like best. It is important that you plan entertainment that will make you happy since this day is one you and your partner will remember better than anyone else. 

  1. DO hire a professional photographer

One of the best ways to remember your special day is to have pictures and videos that will last forever. You won’t regret investing in beautiful, professional pictures to hang around your home and show your kids someday. Additionally, your guests will love having group shots and fun memories to remember your wedding as well.


  1. DON’T do your own hair and makeup

Your wedding day is stressful enough, so you shouldn’t spend the whole afternoon worrying about perfecting your hair and makeup and getting frustrated with yourself. Having a prepared professional come in takes away all the stress, and you can explain to them exactly what you envision for the perfect wedding day look. 

  1. DON’T invite people you don’t want to invite

Remember that your wedding is YOUR special day that you want to remember positively for the rest of your life. If you do not have a great relationship with a relative or have personal reasons you do not want to invite someone, you should not feel obligated to extend courtesy invites. Save your guest list for people that mean the most to you– you are spending your time and money on these people! 

  1. DON’T put off dress shopping

Shopping and getting fitted for the perfect dress is a timely process that you should do early rather than later. On average, a wedding dress takes about six months to be created and shipped from a designer — definitely something to keep in mind if you are used to doing things at the last minute! 

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