5 Things No One Tells You About Wedding Planning

The wedding is the one of the biggest days of your life. You’ve waited for this forever, for your entire life, and now that it’s finally here–what should you expect? It’s likely that no one has told you exactly what it’s like to plan a wedding, all the pitfalls that may come with it. Though weddings come with some stressful times, the result is always worth it.

1. There’s no easy way to plan a wedding, no matter the size.
If you’re planning on having a casual wedding, something intimate and quiet simply because it might be less work in the long run, think again. There is no wedding that is easy to plan. Regardless, the same amount of decisions will need to be made, from napkin colors to invitation prints. You can solve this simply by allowing yourself plenty of planning time, no matter the size of the wedding. Less stress makes for a happy bride.

2. Choosing tablecloths will be harder than you think… even make you cry.
But don’t worry. These small decisions add up–there will be stress, but make sure to keep your friends and family close and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You will stress-cry, it’s happened to every bride. Cry and then let it go–realize that maybe what you need is a little break from planning.

Tip: Get a designated wedding planner to keep all your notes, budget materials, and ideas in.

3. Unexpected expenses will arise.
So you think you’ve got it all planned out, and then, out of nowhere, you find your bank account takes an unexpected hit. It may happen, and it likely will. Wedding planning can be costly. It will happen from things you cannot control, like the weather or a ruined dress, but to solve this, have a little wiggle room with your budget. Don’t over spend at the very beginning–plan and save for these unexpected occurances, even if you’re one of the lucky ones to escape bank account unharmed.

4. The groom won’t care about the same things you do.
Face it, the groom-to-be will likely avoid and have no understanding of the things you care about in the wedding. He won’t care about the color of things as much, the menu plan, or the reception music. Be sure to include him in these decisions though, and ask him questions, even if he may not show the same amount of excitement as you (because he’s still just as excited). A wedding is something a woman looks forward to her entire life, and, though a man may not have the same wedding aspirations, he’s also thought long and hard about life after the wedding, and spending the rest of his life with you.

5. Everyone has an opinion, even if you don’t want to hear it.
Everyone (yes, everyone), will have an opinion or thought or outburst about your wedding. Whether it’s the decision of the dress, to the color of the flowers, to the choice of entertainment, everyone will be a critic, from your mom to your old high school friend. Take it like a champ and remember that this is your wedding. Your groom’s wedding. And no one else’s. Their opinions shouldn’t affect you, even if you have to hear them.

About the Author: Jill is a guest contributor from Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, a Virgina bed and breakfast with comfortable cottages and rooms, offering several special packages and wedding events.

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