How to Keep the Essence of Your Wedding in Focus


Once you’ve sent out the invites (or pressed send on your digital ones) and you’re into the full swing of planning, it can feel like it’s getting real. This is where a good wedding planner really comes into play, but even without one you can make the day of your dreams come true by keeping the essence of your love story as the center of everything you do.

The most important thing you can do is prioritize checking-in with your partner during the planning process to ensure you’re both enjoying the process and not letting it get too stressful. Set up regular check-in dates with each other and take a step back when you’re feeling overwhelmed to remind yourself of the bigger picture—your relationship and your life together, not whether or not to include a donut wall at your wedding.

Another way to keep the big picture in focus is by prioritizing your vendor list. Start by researching venues, florists, caterers and rental companies to understand availability and pricing in your area. This will give you the time and space you need to work with fashion designers, stationers and niche entertainers later on in the process.

It’s easy to get carried away with the details of a wedding—it’s just so fun and exciting, and there’s so much you want to do! But be sure to keep your budget in mind, and stick to it as best you can. Also, consider setting up a savings account specifically for your wedding, and make sure to deposit some money into it before you start booking anything so you’re prepared for any unexpected expenses.

Traditionally, the wedding ceremony and reception were one big event that showcased the couple in front of all their friends and family. This can be an overwhelming experience for many brides, and it’s no wonder that intimate weddings have been on the rise. Having a smaller number of guests allows the bride to relax and enjoy her day more, knowing she’s not on show for hundreds of people she doesn’t know that well.

Intimate weddings also often involve a shorter ceremony, and more time to spend with loved ones. Some couples also choose to have a picnic, campout, or food truck wedding on one day and a small reception the next, which is an awesome option if you’re planning a destination wedding. It’s an amazing way to get everyone together for a weekend of outdoor adventures and fun!

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