Final Countdown & 10 Things I've Learned About Wedding Planning So Far

We leave for the wedding in less than a week, and the big day is less than 10 days away. 

Here, I'm going to share the top 10 things I've learned through this process up to this point from my wedding planning experience.

10. If you want your groom and groomsmen to wear cuff links, my make sure they buy dress shirts that are cuff link ready.

9. When you're wedding dress shopping, don't bring too many people. You're ultimately shopping for yourself- other people aren't going to wear the dress. 

8. Consider treating yourself to a facial (or two). Remember, skin first, make up second. 

7. Consider and be considerate of the things that are meaningful to family. A wedding is a family affair too, and is a time when you can honor your parents and celebrate tradition. (But advocate for yourself too. For instance, family members may strongly want a very religious ceremony- but if that's not a reflection of you and your partner then having a very religious ceremony won't be meaningful.)

6. Curate your ideas from Pinterest or wedding blogs- but don't get too attached. 
I would've loved hand calligraphed invitations and table cards with custom watercolors...but that just wasn't in the budget for me and I didn't want to take the time to DIY it. At the end of the day, those little details don't make or break the big day. 

5. Going off from number 6, it's good idea to edit down your ideas to what makes the most sense for you, your partner, your setting, budget etc. After you bookmark, pin, or like a bunch of things go back to see what is realistic and possible for you to achieve- everything that falls outside of that box, delete it. 

4. You don't need to have something just because someone else did, or because it's what's commonly done. I'm having a very small wedding, and I don't feel it's necessary to do a bouquet toss or garter toss. I'm not losing sleep over it. 

3. Don't put off figuring out the music. It might take more time than you think, and you and your partner will have opinions about it. 

2. Set up a Google Drive folder, separate inbox, binder, place on your desktop- whatever for every wedding related email, invoice, or document. It will keep everything in one place.

1. If you aren't a natural planner/organizer, then consider finding someone who is to help plan and coordinate your wedding. Even hiring a planner, so you wouldn't put everything onto a friend or family member, would be worth it and take a lot from your plate. 

With all that said, you should put less effort into planning your wedding, and more effort getting yourself in the right mindset for marriage. The dress, the cake, the venue...all of it won't matter if you lose sight of why you're getting married in the first place.