Does the thought of getting started with planning seem daunting to you? It’s a lot to take in. That’s why we at Virginia Bride are here to give you a few tips to make things a little easier for you.


1. Head to Target and pick up a three-ring binder and a three-hole punch.

Or whatever store you like to frequent in your area! This binder will be where you keep everything in one place. Keep signed copies of ALL of your vendor contracts in this binder (that’s where the three-punch comes in handy), along with a section on any idea you’ve found that you like. Don’t be afraid to print out pictures of table settings from Pinterest or rip pages out of magazines for dress ideas. If you keep it all in one place, you won’t be running around your house while on the phone with your caterer because you can’t remember what price you agreed upon.

2. Keep close track of your budget.

One of the first things you should do in planning is make a full budget. Know about how much you want to spend, and what areas you’re willing to spend more or less on. This budget will tell you with a glance that you and your man agreed that the food being served was more important than the cake, so you’ll be able to keep that in mind when discussing tiers and frosting with your baker. Changes to this budget will inevitably occur, so make sure you keep it updated throughout the planning to minimize arguments and stress!

3. Don’t let people get in your head.

Picture it: you’re at your mom’s talking about the way you’d like the ceremony chairs to be set up, and she won’t stop talking about your cousin’s wedding five years ago and how she had it set up so perfectly, and why don’t you do that instead? Suggestions from family and friends are always welcome, of course, but you shouldn’t let them dictate your wedding for you. If your parents are contributing money for your budget, then you should give all of their suggestions a good consideration at the very least, but at the end of the day, what you and your fiance want is what really matters. Take everything with a grain of salt, but don’t let your vision get cloudy.

The author: Beth Wertz

Beth graduated from James Madison University in 2014 with a degree in journalism. Most of her spare time is spent looking at wedding dresses and watching Netflix, hoping to get more ideas for Style Inspirations.
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