So you’ve found your handsome prince and now all you need is that sparkly ring on your finger!
Engagement rings are a tricky task even for the most doting fiancé; cut, colour, clarity – and casually finding out her ring size (and preference) without it being obvious. But let’s face it, if he gets it right, he’s a winner. Then he can sit back and relax while you do all the really hard work by planning the big day!
Wedding season is upon us and if you are fortunate enough to be planning your own wedding, you are bound to be feeling a range of emotions; from excitement and anticipation, to nerves and stress.
Of course you want to have a fabulous big day, but don’t let this happy time become too overwhelming and life consuming during your engagement. Check out our do’s and don’ts for planning your wedding:
– Do keep dating: It’s important to remember why you’re actually getting hitched by booking in quality time with your fiance. No, I’m not talking about pizza on the sofa whilst he watches TV and you fuss over dress fabric, get yourselves dressed up and out on a date. Do something you used to do before you got the ring on your finger.
– Don’t be a superbride (commonly known as a bridezilla). You’re smart, you’re focused, but you’re still one woman. Superbrides eventually run out of steam and end up near the big day with favours unassembled, invitations unstamped and heads uncounted. How to avoid this fate? Call in your trusty sidekicks before the struggle gets real. Here’s a little secret: People want to help! So do yourself a favour and accept their offers!
– Don’t let parents dictate your invite list: Times have changed, but that doesn’t stop some pushy parents from insisting on having the golf or garden club at the wedding. Once you have a budget in mind, you can rough out the number of guests it’s feasible to invite. Then ask both sets of parents for invite lists, in order of preference, so you can cut from the bottom if necessary. Stay in charge!
– Don’t bow to bridal peer pressure: You just got back from a friend’s wedding and you’re battling the green monster: She had an eight-piece band while you booked a DJ. She had her bridesmaids in glamorous maxi dresses while you went for a simple midi. If you change your plans to beat her wedding you’ll hate yourself for it, and go a little crazy in the process. Worse, you’ll veer off the course you set for your own dream wedding. She made her wedding hers. Make your wedding yours.
We hope these tips guide you in the right direction for planning your wedding with minimal stress. Try your best to enjoy the journey as you’ll be walking down that aisle before you know it!
First off, thank you for sharing this amazing post, Rebecca! I’ve read a couple more of your posts and I love how personal you write about stuff, particularly about weddings. I have been married for 2 years now and one of the things that I agreed about in this post is not to allow parents to dictate the invite list. In as much as we love our parents, we shouldn’t let them hover our plans for the wedding. I couldn’t agree more with what you wrote here. Keep posting! Cheers!