Just minutes after he pops the question and delicately slides that gorgeous ring on your finger, your dream wedding still seems as far away as it did when you were a little girl playing “wedding” in your mom’s closet. Yet, the truth of the matter is, the countdown has begun, and the time leading up to the actual nuptials is going to fly by like a chaotic wind storm of decisions, disagreements, and poorly managed schedules. To help you dodge a few pitfalls along the way, we’ve compiled a list of four things every bride needs to know, but no one ever tells them.
IT’S NOT OK TO BE INDECISIVE.
Being indecisive during any part of the planning process can be mentally exhausting for everyone involved. Take the time needed to research and find what speaks to you, before making that trek to the bridal shop, bakery, reception venue or florist.
DISAGREEMENTS ARE INEVITABLE.
Before you can live happily ever after, you’re going to have to actually make it through your wedding day. It’s important to go into the planning process knowing that everyone, including your soon to be in-laws will have their own vision of your special day. More often than not, anyone who ventures to share their opinion is also contributing funds to your event – so keep calm, consult with your better half, and compromise when you can.
YOU’RE A BRIDE. NOT A SUPER HERO.
Planning a wedding is a full-time job, so if you’re already committed to a 40-hour work week, and you don’t currently possess any supernatural powers allowing you to control the space-time continuum, you will need to delegate out some of your “to do” list to friends and family. Put together a planning schedule and tackle items one by one.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
Registering for wedding gifts can be an exhilarating experience. While the dishes, towels, and sheet sets you select will gleefully represent the home and life you will be building together, a cluster of impulse items, you many never really use, can leave your newlywed home looking more like a flea market; littered with un-opened boxes of gadgets and appliances. So, if you rarely bake, skip the counter top mixer.