5 Lessons I Learned From Wedding Planning

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Today marks our 2nd wedding anniversary! Reflecting on our big day, it was such a special day filled with loads of love surrounded by our dear family and friends. Since hindsight is 20/20 I thought I’d share 5 things I learned from the wedding planning process…

While I absolutely loved our wedding day, I can’t say I was one of the those brides who gushed about the wedding planning process. I think having a laid back attitude and keeping in perspective what the day is about makes the process much more enjoyable for everyone involved. In honor of our 2nd wedding anniversary, I also wanted to share a few of my favorite snapshots photographed by the incredibly talented, Katie Kett.
Knock out the big stuff first.
Lock in your date, venue, photographer, videographer, cater, entertainment and florist ASAP. Doing this will take a big weight off  of your shoulders. Crossing the major things off your to-do list will let you enjoy the wedding planning process. Depending on the length of your engagement, you’ll have a lull which will be welcome, since once you’re closer to the big day things start to really ramp up.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
And it’s truly all small stuff. You’ll obsess over something during the planning process that won’t really matter in the long run. In the throws of planning, something as simple as debating between white vs. ivory linens will feel like a major decision and truthfully no one will notice that detail on your wedding day. In a year, you’ll look back and laugh at yourself for being stuck on the minutia.
Be decisive & don’t get lost in the Pinterest rabbit hole.
After you’ve made a decision that you’re excited about, don’t continue researching it. Once you’ve got your wedding dress, don’t keep looking at dresses. This will make you continuously question your decision. If you have too many options you’ll start to second guess everything. Go with your gut!
Something will go wrong.
Doesn’t it always? And those instances usually makes for the best memory or story. Often no one but you and your partner will know something didn’t turn out the way you had envisioned it. Someone once gave me a piece of valuable advice that I recite to myself when I’m stressed, “Worrying is an illusion that you are in control.” Amen, to that! Why worry about things you can’t control? Just roll with the punches and laugh off anything that doesn’t go according to plan on your big day.
 
Remember what the day is about
In the end, your wedding day is about you and your partner. Family can have a lot of expectations surrounding your wedding which can be an added source of stress. It’s important to remember that all of this comes from a place of love, but it’s best to set boundaries and manage expectations early. Through every step of the process, remember that this is your day and is a celebration of your love and life together!
 

2 Responses to 5 Lessons I Learned From Wedding Planning

  1. It’s only been 2ish months since my wedding but I 100% agree with everything written. I also think taking days where you just don’t talk about the wedding at all are a good breather. I fwd this article to 3 of my friends who are brides-to-be! Happy Anniversary to you and Kevin!

  2. Jennifer says:

    It’s been about two-ish months for me as well, and I totally agree! Also, my Dad says something similar when we’re stressed, “Don’t react to your thoughts” It took me awhile to even wrap my head around that statement, but it makes a lot of sense! Happy anniversary, love birds xx

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