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How to Not Ruin Your Wedding: 4 Best Wedding Planning Tips

If coordinating weddings has taught us anything, it’s that even the best-planned weddings can fall apart if everyone involved isn’t committed to the big picture. Accordingly, we have developed a list of four best wedding planning tips to keep your wedding on track!

(Photographer: Jessica Lee Photographic Art)

  1. Hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator and listen to what they have to say. While doing your own research on The Knot and digging deep into The Bride Link will absolutely set you up with a good foundation of wedding knowledge, no one—and we mean no one—will be able to give you better insight and advice than a coordinator. They’ve done countless weddings and experienced almost every possible set of circumstances, so trust them when they tell you what will work and what won’t.
  2. Create a timeline and commit to it. Sure, drafting out a reasonable timeline on paper seems easy enough, but the problems arise when it’s time to put the timeline into action. Yes, it’s a wedding, and one or two things may run over by a few minutes, but if you don’t honor your timeline, your wedding will most likely suffer. When you push your ceremony time back to accommodate guests who are running late or a few more last-minute detail shots with your photographer, you are delaying every other item on your wedding-day schedule. Be mindful of your vendor exit times, as well as issues with food safety and your venue out-time; anything you push back on the day of could result in a serious setback for the rest of the event.

    (Photographer: Jessica Lee Photographic Art)

  3. Hire professional vendors. The best way to ensure that your wedding goes off as smoothly as possible is to hire vendors who know what they’re doing. Sometimes, often due to budgetary restrictions, you will feel inclined to hire the cheaper, less-experienced vendor and hope for the best. However, in the wedding industry especially, the old adage about getting what you pay for is exceptionally relevant.
  4. Avoid wedding day tunnel vision. Oftentimes, you are your biggest critic, and channeling all of your anxiety into the day’s smallest details can seriously send your wedding off course. No one will notice that there’s a wrinkle in the cake table’s linen or a slight imperfection in your hand-drawn signage (and if they do, they won’t care). Trying to fix every flaw you see will only serve to delay the rest of the event, as well as negatively impacting your mood on what is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. Just take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy a celebration of love.

(Photographer: Jessica Lee Photographic Art)

Vendors

Photographer: Jessica Lee Photographic Art
Florals: Swank Floral
Tableware: Unique Settings–Mismatched China & Tabletop Rentals
Wedding Gown: Loveliest Bridal
Tuxedo: Prestige Tuxedo
Hair: Victoria Nicely
Printwork: Custom Love Gifts, Events, & Prints