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Pre-Wedding Planning Tips All Brides and Grooms Should Know

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Your wedding planning is going to be pretty difficult – we won’t lie. However, if you want to be prepared before you even start, do make sure you read (and apply!) the following tips, because we have gathered the absolute essentials all brides and grooms should know before proceeding on their wedding planning process.

  • Not setting any kind of wedding budget in place is a huge mistake. Yes, we know you want to jump right into the more interesting stuff, like the venue, or even the guest list. But before you even talk to someone and tell them you’re having a wedding, be sure you will have the budget to guide you through your choices.
  • You should definitely have a plan B, in case it rains. You cannot control the weather, so if you want to have an outdoor wedding (ceremony and/or reception), you should definitely have a “dry” option available for you and for the guests. Most often, a wedding tent or simply an indoor option will make do.
  • And speaking of 100% outdoor events – they might feel very fun, and yes, they are. However, keep in mind that they are not the cheapest ones. So, when creating the wedding budget, be sure to be realistic about it!
  • Once you have a daft guest list in place, proceed with the search for the right wedding venue. Keep in mind: it should fit not only you personally, but it should fit the number of your guests too. A wedding venue should not be too large because it will make it feel too spacious and cold. Likewise, it shouldn’t be too crammed either because it will just create an unusually party atmosphere.
  • Not providing guests with enough information. Tell your guests everything about the wedding: the names of the bride and groom, the names of the parents, how to reach the wedding venue (GPS coordinates, indications, maps, and so on). Also, be sure to tell guests have their accommodation options set in place as well – people will surely appreciate it if you handled this for them!

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How Do You Plan the Big Day When Your Parents Are Divorced?

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A lot of things in your life are more complicated when you come from a family where your parents have decided to part ways – but that doesn’t mean you cannot all enjoy the special moments in your life.

For instance, if you are planning your wedding, you will want to do everything in your power to have both your mom and your dad there (and make sure they don’t end up fighting or feeling awkward too).

How do you do it? What are some of the essential tips you should know if your parents are divorced?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Walking down the aisle. If you find yourself in the situation of having to pick between your father and your stepfather to walk you down the aisle, you have several solutions. You can either ask both of them to walk you down the aisle (e.g. both at the same time or to have your stepfather walk you down the aisle for half of it and then have your father do the same from there on), or you can walk down the aisle alone (or with your mom).
  • The seating chart you create is very important. If your divorced parents don’t get along very well, you might want to consider the option of splitting them. Traditionally, the parents sit in the front row during the ceremony, but in your case, you could seat the parent closest to your heart in the front row and the other one in the back (second, third, or fourth row).
  • If your future spouse will have a special dance with his mom, you shouldn’t feel obliged to have the same with your dad if you feel that you don’t get along that well. Special parent dances are nice and sweet, but if both you and your father feel awkward about it, you will not feel OK dancing with them during the wedding. It’s probably best for everyone to skip this tradition altogether!

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These Wedding Day Disasters Are Common, But Here’s How to Avoid Them

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Planning a wedding in Virginia (or elsewhere, for that matter) can be a tough task – especially if you have never planned anything this big before. With attention to detail and imagination, you can really pull off an amazing event – but even so, there still are some “wedding disasters” you should be completely aware of if you want to avoid them.

What are some of the most common wedding disasters out there and how to make sure they stay away from your Big Day? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Catering is late (or seems to have disappeared altogether). This is probably one of the worst bridal nightmares ever – and it can actually happen. The caterer may have their dates messed up, they might be stuck in traffic, or something may have gone wrong with your food and they had to start it over. To avoid this kind of situations, try to search for really reliable caterings service providers – preferably, in-house catering companies connected to your wedding venue. It’s just safer this way.
  • Something happens to your wedding gown. No matter how much you want to dismiss the thought, this is likely – especially with so many people dancing around (and some of them quite tipsy, if we may add). A wine stain might not be easy to get out of the dress, but a small tear can be very easily covered up with fabric tape (just enough so that it doesn’t show in pictures).
  • The weather isn’t very friendly. Outdoor weddings are very popular throughout spring, summer, and the better part of autumn as well. However, if you’re planning an outdoor event, you absolutely have to make sure there’s a plan B in store, just in case it rains. Even the hottest day of summer can suddenly turn into a wet disaster if you don’t plan this ahead very thoroughly – so no, the wedding season you choose should have no influence on whether or not you create a plan B for the Big Day. An indoor space or a wedding tent can be real life savers.

 

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4 Pinterest Tips All Brides Should Know

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As a bride, you want to create the most amazing wedding Virginia has ever seen – and with the right vendors on your side and the best ideas to inspire you, you really stand a very good chance at achieving this.

Of course, Pinterest will be part of your wedding planning process – but how do you really make this social network your ally, and not just another component in the confusion and noise you will feel when planning the Big Day?

We have gathered 4 Pinterest tips all brides should know – so read on and find out more.

  • It is important to know who to follow. Run a bit of research and see which of the Pinterest boards are very up-to-date and popular, and follow those. You will soon discover more and more pinteresters as well – but for now, focus on following those pages that pin a lot of new content and ideas.
  • Don’t expect to have your wedding vision ready as soon as you create the Pinterest board. At the beginning of your wedding planning process, it’s normal (and even recommended) to pin whatever comes your way and you like. You will have plenty of time to make a selection later on.
  • DO install the Pinterest button. You want all of your favorite ideas to go on your Pinterest board regardless of whether or not you have discovered them on this social network. The Pinterest button will allow you to pin virtually anything you find online – and yes, this includes your favorite vendors’ websites as well.
  • Once you have pinned enough ideas and once you have a clearer idea of how you want your wedding to look, start making a selection. Leave behind anything that doesn’t suit your vision 100% and only bring together the ideas that suit your particular style.
  • Keep in mind: it’s generally best if you keep all your wedding pins in one place. Some people like creating boards for every major wedding element (e.g. for the colors, for the flowers, for the hair, and so on). However, having all of your favorite ideas in one place will help you see the bigger picture.

 

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The Truth about Some of Your Wedding Planning Ideas

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Your wedding planning is not going to be easy – that’s for certain. But it doesn’t mean it has to be chaotic and that this has to add up to the already existing stress associated with planning such an event.

Of course, by now you probably know the absolute basics of planning a wedding – but what are some of the pro wedding planning tips for a Virginia bride, the kind of advice not many talk about? We’ve gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.

  • When searching for the perfect cake chef, remember that taste is actually more important than looks. Your cake could be a work of art, but if it tastes mediocre, it will not be as satisfying. On the other hand, even the simplest buttercream and fruit wedding cake can bring a smile on your guests’ faces when it tastes great! So, when searching for your pastry chef in Virginia, focus on finding someone who can actually bake deliciously – the cake design will come afterwards.
  • When creating the wedding flower arrangements and bouquets for your wedding, focus on the location. This will bring a long list of benefits with it: from the fact that your wedding will look great in the environment, to the fact that local and seasonal flowers are actually less expensive than imported options. Talk to your wedding florist about a particular style, rather than a particular type of flower.
  • Double-check your wedding invitation texts before they go to press. Once they go to press, it will be a lot more expensive to make any kind of alterations to the text (so if your mother-in-law’s name is misspelled, you will actually have to start the entire process all over again). Also, don’t forget to order your Thank You notes when you order your wedding invitations too – it just makes it easier for everyone this way.
  • Last, but not least, remember that you don’t have to start the wedding planning on the first day of your engagement. Take a couple of weeks to enjoy yourselves, to celebrate with your friends, to dream up your wedding day – and then come back to Earth to discuss budgets, spreadsheets, and venue options.

 

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance When Planning the Wedding

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Let’s face it: planning a wedding can be really, really difficult, especially when you put a lot of pressure on yourself to make sure everything is just perfect, from A to Z. Of course, that’s normal, to want everything about the Virginia wedding you’re planning to be dreamy – but you shouldn’t allow wedding planning to interfere with your personal and professional life.

How to achieve work-life balance when planning the wedding? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Do wedding planning tasks in your lunch break – but ONLY if this works for you. It works for some brides, it doesn’t for others because some of you may feel that you’re left hung up on wedding planning tasks when the lunch break is over, distracting you from everything you are supposed to do for work.
  • Leave your work at the door. Try, as much as possible, not to mix your professional life and your personal life – not during the wedding planning process, and not outside of it. For example, one mistake many brides to be make is leave their work email address to wedding vendors – but although that may make sense because you are easier to reach on your work email, it mixes your work duties and your wedding planning tasks too much and it can cause serious burn out.
  • Leave the multitasking behind you as well. We know you feel that multitasking allows you to do multiple things at once – but that’s not necessarily true. What you are doing, actually, is extending the time needed to get each of the tasks done. Instead of focusing on the tasks one by one, you are taking all of them at once, causing yourself a lot more stress and anxiety over getting each of them done (and thus making it harder to focus).
  • Manage your time better. If needed, use a time management or project management app – visualizing your tasks and organizing them can really help, no matter what kind of job you do (or what kind of wedding you are planning). Asana is a good example here (they have a free option, and it could work very well for this purpose.

 

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