Now that you are engaged, it is time to start planning your special day. There is a lot of work that goes into planning a wedding and mistakes can occur along the way. Everyone is going to be giving you advice around every corner, some of which may not always be the best. In any event, here are four things that you will want to make sure that you don't do, regardless of what anyone says:
Tip #1: Wait to Buy Your Wedding Gown When It Goes on Sale.
You are out shopping for wedding dresses one day and you come across the most beautiful wedding dress that you have ever seen. Unfortunately, it's a bit out of your price range. So, you decide to wait and see if you can get your hands on a coupon or maybe a flash sale that the store will run. Well, the thing with waiting for things like this is that you could wind up paying more. If the dress needs alterations after buying it, especially at the last minute, they will be pretty expensive. Plus, you run the risk of the dress catching someone else's eye and not being there when you return. The wedding dress is one thing that you should be willing to splurge one for your wedding, so do it!
Tip #2: Skimp on the Food.
If you talk to other brides, some may tell you that the food isn't eaten. However, if you talk to guests, food is one of the things that they actually remember about weddings. So, while staying within your budget, try to offer several different food options while keeping everyone (even those picky eaters) in mind. Try to make sure to have appetizers, main courses and desserts.
Tip #3: Randomize Seating Arrangements.
One of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding is arranging the seating chart. Trying to figure out where everyone should sit can take hours, if not days. So, randomizing this particular task definitely sounds like a good idea; however, it can quickly turn into a disaster come your wedding day. Just think about it: how would things go if your college sorority sisters were sitting with your grandma Helen?
Tip #4: Improv Your Vows.
While it definitely sounds romantic to simply get up in front of everyone and your future husband- or wife-to-be and speak from the heart, there is a possibility that you will get choked up by emotion and/or nerves and be unable to do it. So, it is a good idea to spend some time on writing your vows prior to the day of your wedding. If possible, work on memorizing them. If something comes over you on the day of your wedding, then go ahead and speak from the heart. If anything, you will have backup with your memorized vows.