wedding planning tips before you say I do

7 tips for wedding planning

Tired of reading the DON’Ts of wedding planning?  Here are some refreshing wedding planning DO’s before you say “I DO” at your Utah wedding venue.  This is a simple list of the most basic of strategies that if you will “do”, you will have greater chance of completely enjoying your spectacular day, no matter what comes! 

#1 -DO take time to court each.  There is a lot of hustle and bustle while planning a wedding.  There are a lot of moving parts and before you know it, you haven’t had time together like when you were dating.  Remember, the wedding will come and go and all that is left is you two and your relationship.  May as well enjoy each other along the way!  A sack of favorite cookies, a gallon of ice cream and two spoons, a drive up the canyon, a snowball fight – whatever it is, just do it!  Click here are some inexpensive date ideas.

wedding couple having snowball fight before their utah winter wedding.
Play along the way! Courting during wedding planning is still very important.

#2 -DO Prioritize the elements of your ideal wedding.  Make your wedding celebration what you’ve dreamed of, but prioritize those details. Be prepared to compromise for your own sanity, your fiancé’s sanity, your family’s sanity.  Sometimes it helps to write down on paper parts of your imagined day.  Then rate the most important things to you and your fiancé.  Communicating your most important wants and needs will help you clearly see where you want to focus your time on first.  This also helps you see how your family, bridesmaids, groomsmen, fiancé or wedding planner can help make it happen.  Many venues have beautiful additional items you can use at your celebration. I imagine your fiancé’s presence at the wedding would be the #1 priority, the non-compromising item.  Everything else in some way is negotiable. Really!

elegant wedding cake at wedding venue in salt lake
Which aspects of your wedding are MOST important? Plan them first.

#3 -DO allow others to help you. You have bridesmaids and he has groomsmen for a reason.  Ask them.  Let them help you how they are able; however, be reasonable with your expectations.  You’ll want to be respectful of their time, but by all means, do let them play their role.

bride groom bridesmaids groomsmen utahwedding
Bridesmaids and groomsmen are there to help you. Let them!

#4 -DO consider the time of your guests.  They are taking time out of their own busy lives to celebrate with you.  If your ceremony and reception are in two different Utah wedding venues, the maximum time between your ceremony and reception should be two hours which would include travel time.

guests sitting at utah wedding venue
Guests are taking great efforts to come celebrate with you. Consider the timing of everything.

#5 – DO K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid, or PC stated, Keep It Simple Silly.  Believe it or not, my mother taught me this one!  This ties into the prioritizing a bit, but I want to add that you don’t have to be a D.I.Y. bride on everything. Having a supportive Utah wedding venue event planner, like at Ivy House Weddings in Salt Lake City, can help give you great tips and ideas to make things simpler in your planning. Many times creating everything yourself can be more headache and more costly than if you find something similar.  Just make the purchase.  Don’t forget that you want to enjoy the path along the way to that final aisle where your new mate takes your hand and you do kiss!

keep wedding plans simple
Keeping your wedding planning simple can alleviate stress.

#6 -DO pamper yourself the day before and get good sleep for at least two-three nights before your day.  You’ll want fresh bright eyes for your wedding day photos!  You will not only save on makeup concealer, but your nerves will not be as frazzled and stressed.

Woman sleeping by a window. Beauty rest.
Getting enough sleep several days before your wedding is important – physically and emotionally.

#7 -DO Smile and Enjoy your day!  No matter what happens during the day – good, not so good, indifferent – it’s just that, indifferent. The most important part of your day is that you and your spouse are there together relishing in the moment that is yours.  Put blinders on and seize the day!

bride and groom dancing at utah wedding event
Just you and he are the most important part of the day. Smile and enjoy each other.

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