Thursday, October 25, 2018

Guest Post :: 5 Tips For Surviving Wedding Planning As A Couple

From what I hear there are so many emotions one experiences when they are engaged, and unfortunately stress is among those emotions. It seems once the excitement of the engagement has settled the larger picture and all that needs to be done comes into focus, which can understandably be a bit overwhelming and stressful, but hopefully, mostly exciting. Today Harper Reid, a freelance write, is sharing 5 tips to help any couple survive wedding planning.
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If you’re engaged, congratulations! Your wedding will likely be one of the best experiences of your life – and unfortunately, one of the most stressful.
When you and your partner agree to take time to patiently listen to each other and work as a team, you’ll be able to avoid pre-wedding fights and drama and have the happiest, stress-free memories possible from your special day.  Try the following tips to survive wedding planning as a couple:

Start With A Budget
Before you start planning your wedding cake or writing save-the-date cards, sit down together to define your budget. Thanks to the hundreds of tempting venue, decoration, and clothing choices for most modern weddings, the financial side of wedding planning can quickly spiral out of control, so it’s important to decide on a budget together before you get carried away.

It’s wise to establish early on how much you want to spend on each aspect of your wedding, so you won’t argue later down the track if one of you wants to spend a fortune on flowers and the other wants an open bar stocked with the finest spirits.

Define Your Roles and Responsibilities
Planning a wedding should never fall on one partner. While there’s a stereotype that brides are always in control of wedding plans, modern men will just as likely to want to be involved, as it’s their day too. 

Divide your roles before you start planning.  Consider what each partner enjoys and what will come easier to them, and what activities should be allocated to one person rather than do together. For example, the bride will likely to want to decide what her bridesmaids wear, while the groom will likely want to choose where he gets his hair cut before the wedding.
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Don’t Let Too Many People Get Involved
It’s all too easy to give into particular wedding choices to please parents or grandparents, or to appease guests with children. Your relatives might ask you to marry in a church when you’d prefer not to, or to reconsider inviting a certain family member, for example.

These conflicts can be difficult, but remember that your wedding is your own, and you should be able to look back on the day with happiness, knowing that it went exactly as you’d hoped it would. There’s nothing wrong with asking others for advice, but try to make all major decisions as a couple.

Choose A Wedding Venue Early
Choosing a venue can be one of the more stressful areas of wedding planning, but you shouldn’t settle for the first one that has space on the date you prefer. You and your partner should choose a venue that matches the style of your wedding; once you’ve decided on the number of guests you’ll be inviting and chosen your venue, everything else will start to fall into place, and you’ll be able to plan more efficiently. A venue is arguably one of the most important aspects of a wedding, so it should be something you both love.

Look Forward To Your Honeymoon
You must focus on things that’ll keep you sane while you’re planning, and what better way to do this than to daydream about your honeymoon? If you’ve planned a tropical getaway, you can envision white sand, gentle waves, and swimming with tropical fish every time you’re starting to feel a little stressed. Having something to look forward to together directly after the wedding will help to keep your nerves and stress in check, and you’ll be able to mention it to your partner whenever you sense that he or she is getting a little wound up.

There’s no denying that planning a wedding is likely to be a stressful experience, but work together like the team you are, and your big day will be one to remember.

About Author:
Harper absolutely loves attending happy celebrations like weddings, from the romantic atmosphere at the ceremony to the fun, relaxed vibe at the reception (hello dancing!), and most of all the emotional - and often hilarious - wedding speeches! To read more about freelance writer Harper and her published work, visit her Tumblr page.

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