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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.

Sleep Improves Your Wedding

AUTHOR:   Samantha (Sam) Kent

Why You Need Beauty Sleep Before Your Wedding Day

There’s so much to do before you get married. Planning, parties, wedding prep, and DIY projects suddenly explode your to-do list. You may find yourself sacrificing sleep time to take care of wedding-related tasks.

photo by ZohreNemati on Unsplashed

Sleep is critical to your mental and physical health and well being.  It also can affect the way you look.  You could end up looking less radiant at your wedding if you sacrifice sleep to stay up late working on wedding tasks.

Bride close up well rested

Sleep Can Make You Look More Healthy and Attractive

In a Swedish sleep study, researching found a difference in observers’ perception of the health, attractiveness, and tiredness of photos of people who were sleep-deprived and the same people when they were well-rested. Photos of participants were taken after a normal night’s sleep and after sleep deprivation, and observers rated their photos.

Observers categorized the participants in a sleep-deprived state as:

• More tired

• Less healthy

• Less attractive

This study does suggest we can detect sleep-related body cues.  With adequate sleep, you can keep these facial cues from being detected in your wedding photos.  Remember, you and many other people will view your photos for years to come.

Older woman by Silviarita on Pixabay

Premature Aging can Result With Sleep Deprivation

One night of sleep deprivation can make you look less attractive the next day, but making sleeping less a habit can affect your long-term attractiveness. Your sleep quality can impact your skin function and aging.

When you don’t get good quality sleep, your skin may show increased signs of aging. A clinical trial found that people who got less sleep had slower skin recovery from environmental stressors such as sun exposure.

How to Get the Sleep You Need to Look Your Best

Looking and feeling your best is critical on your wedding day and the events leading up to it. Follow these tips to get good sleep so you can be at your best.

• Plan ahead.

Start your wedding planning as early as possible and work ahead. Completing tasks long before your wedding day will lessen stress, anxiety, and last-minute details that can rob you of the sleep you need just before your wedding day.  Lack of sleep can leave you frazzled and looking less attractive than you would if you could get enough sleep. On the night before your wedding, don’t stay up late.  Put those finishing touches on your DIY projects with plenty of time to spare.

• Ask for help.

There are a lot of parts and pieces to a wedding.  In order to get those wedding tasks done early, reach out and ask for help from family and friends. Delegate tasks as much as possible. Sharing duties will cut down on your workload and may give you more time to sleep, and it can help family and friends feel more involved in your wedding. Also, the role of bridesmaids and maids of honor is to help the bride look her best of the most important day of her life. Let them help so you can get your sleep.

• Focus on getting your best quality sleep.

Healthy sleep habits are important to maintain. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine for consistency that will make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Be careful to avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, heavy meals, or intense exercise late at night, as they can interfere with sleep. Make your bedroom a comfortable, quiet, and calm place to sleep. Check mattress reviews to make sure that yours is appropriate for your sleeping style and temperature. Make sure you don’t bring wedding work to bed with you, such as doing craft projects, working on your laptop, or checking in on your mobile device. Just relax and go to sleep.

• Avoid late nights prior to your wedding day.

Rehearsal dinners are common the day before your wedding, but be careful not to let the party go too late.  You need enough sleep for the next day.  Try to schedule the start time in the early evening so you won’t feel like you have to stay late.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Samantha (Sam) Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.