6 Smart Wedding Tips
Great ideas that make a big difference.
Wedding planning doesn’t have to be tough. Take the edge off with these tips:
1. Borrow your dress before buying
Yes, I said borrow! Kirstie Kelly allows brides to borrow her gowns and try them on in the privacy of their own home or invite friends and family over for a viewing party! Whichever you choose, you’re not limited to only the selection of the gowns in your nearby bridal salons.
2. Create a shot list for your photographer and videographer
Yes, they’ll know to take pictures of your cake cutting or of your first dance… but they may not know you want a picture with your Great Aunt Sally and you will likely not remember on the day. It’s helpful to your planner/photographer to have the list, and it ensures you get all the shots you want!
3. Incorporate trends carefully
When it comes to popular trends you like and want to incorporate into your wedding, the best piece of advice I can give is to do so sparingly. For example, if you love ombre, not everything in your wedding needs to have ombre. Pick a few elements (like your escort cards, or table runners) to bring in the trend. It’ll make a statement without being too much!
Whichever you choose, you’re not limited to only the selection of the gowns in your nearby bridal salons.
4. Save money and time with smart scheduling
Schedule your hair and makeup trial the same day as your engagement pictures shoot. That way you kill two birds with one stone and look great doing it!
5. Set your budget before hiring anyone
You may already know the photographer you want to use, but it’s important to layout your financial plan before spending any money.
6. Find a way to give back with your wedding
Weddings can sometimes become all about “me/we” when planning them, but it’s important pay it forward during this special time. I’ve heard of brides volunteering as part of the bachelorette party or making a donation to charity in lieu of favors. However, one of my favorite ways to give back is with OneHope Weddings wine. Half the proceeds from each bottle sold goes to charity, and each variety supports a specific cause (ie: their Chardonnay supports breast cancer research, their Zinfandel supports the troops, etc). Since you already have to purchase wedding wine, it makes the experience a little sweeter knowing you made a difference.