The first thing I learned is that there’s no way you’ll please everybody. There is going to be someone who doesn’t like the way you’re handling your wedding and you’re not going to hear the end of it. It could be over the location of the wedding because they don’t want to travel that far (yes, people are that selfish), on how much money you spent, how much money you didn’t spend, or over a plethora of other reasons. I’ve learned to put my foot down and get over the fact that not everyone can be pleased. You won’t get anywhere in wedding planning if you try to make everyone happy. Do yourself a favor and do what makes you happy. Everyone else will just have to deal with it.
The second thing I learned from wedding planning is to overbudget. I thought I overbudgeted, but it turns out I still planned under what I actually spent. Set your spending at the highest max you’re willing to go because the little things catch up to you. Everyone thinks about the photographer and the venue prices, but those small things like jewelry and the cake topper often get forgotten. Those things add up quickly some plan to spend a little more than you think you will.
The third is to give yourself as much time to plan. I gave myself a mere four months to plan my destination wedding and everything has happened so fast I can hardly catch my breath. There are a lot of working gears in place at weddings and it’s important to dedicate as much time to making sure everything is ready.
Ultimately, make sure you’re planning the wedding you want. Give yourself time to go over all the details and don’t let anyone step on your feet. Weddings are happy events, but they are definitely stressful as well so make sure to take sometime for yourself away from the wedding talk. I know I needed it.
I’m currently 11 days from my wedding. A week from today I’ll be on a plane to the island where I’ll be getting married. Check in to see pictures of the event.
I’ll see you guys next Wednesday.