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WEDDING BLOG

20 Wedding Planning Tips From Real Brides

September 9, 2015 | carrie

from-blogger-to-bride-20-tips-real-brides Photo by Focus Imaging Photography

I am officially less than one month away from saying I Do and boy are those nerves starting to kick in! I decided to bring together some of my favorite bits of advice from real Junebug brides to help with the stress. I love everything these brides have to say, because it’s genuine and honest. If you’re a real bride reading this post or you’re currently planning your own wedding, feel free to comment below with your own two cents!

1. “Simplify, simplify, simplify! Make it “YOU” but remember, less is more! Never lose sight of what the day is really about. Enjoy the process and have gratitude for each step of the way.” – Jessica from Michigan

rustic wedding at Woodstock Farm in Bellingham, Washington, photos by Michel M. Waite Photography | via junebugweddings.com Photo by Michèle M Waite Photography

2.“One of my favorite parts was making our invitations although I could not have done it without my new brother-in-law’s help, he is pro with Illustrator. The best advice I can give people that want to do something like make their own invites or napkins or a sign is to jump in and do it and when you get in over your head ask for help! It’s amazing how much your friends and family want to help.” – Jessica from Washington

3. “The biggest piece of advice I could give is to NOT STRESS. No matter what happens, just leave it up to the cosmos to straighten it out. It will get straightened out! On my wedding day, it rained and rained and my hair just frizzed up so quickly! My hair was super straight before I got there and the minute I stepped out of the car, it got wet and frizzed up so much! But I didn’t worry. I didn’t worry either where they were going to move reception. My reception was supposed to be outside in the cafe gardens. I had no backup plan and luckily, there was a tent set up for another event and I got to be underneath the tent facing the ocean! I also didn’t worry about the ceremony. It was raining so much but the minute it started, it stopped raining and the rest of the day was magical! If I had gotten upset, sad, mad, etc, I would’ve ruined my own experience. I look back on that day and smile from ear to ear at how perfect it all was. It didn’t go as planned 100%, but it went and was the best wedding it could’ve possibly ever been.” – Stella from Florida

natural green and yellow wedding at Yandida Station, Australia, photo by Studio Impressions | via junebugweddings.com Photo by Studio Impressions

4. “An obvious piece of advice is to keep the main thing, the main thing. This is easier said than done. I am referring to the love between the bride and groom. Choose the few things that you will not compromise on, for example my thing was my wedding dress, and then everything else you can work through one by one.” – Rachel from Australia

autumnal backyard wedding in Granite Bay, California with photos by Kris Holland Photography | junebugweddings.com (19) Photo by Kris Holland Photography

5. “For those in the throes of planning – lean on your community! We could not have done it all without the amazing support we received. On the recommendation of a friend, we also spent a weekend away a few weeks before our wedding to focus completely on writing our vows, talking about what we were hoping for from our marriage, and our excitement about it all. It was a very, very special time and highly recommended!” – Kristin from California

6. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Attention to detail is important, but there’s no point in stressing yourself out over every tiny detail. When the day comes, you won’t care about if you picked the perfect guest book or if the cake has three tiers or four; you will be too busy getting married and enjoying the day!” – Megan from Canada

7. “The biggest success was that our family and friends had a great time. We spent a year planning for this one day, and to see everything come together perfectly in the end was priceless.” – Rachel from New York

8. “Plan ahead and don’t let your budget determine the wedding you will have! Yes, you have to work within the limitations of the budget you set for yourselves, but you don’t have to settle… get creative with how to use the money you do have. We spent hours making our own wine, cutting corks, painting plywood, chalkboard, hand painting burlap sacks to hold our party favors, and rummage sale shopping to find silver platters for the centerpieces. You may end up putting in a lot of time, but you will end up saving money. And in the end those are the things that everyone appreciates! And in the end we had a lot of people who helped us with making it work! Because of planning ahead we had very little work to do in the days leading up to the wedding. It was great to go into the wedding weekend with little stress and be able to relaxed and enjoy each other – that’s really what it’s all about anyway!” – Jessica from Washington

bright yellow and orange summer wedding in Atlanta, photo by Paperlily Photography | via junebugweddings.comPhoto by Vue Photography

9. “Just have fun! Put your event in the hands of good professionals and go with it!” – Genya from Atlanta

10. “My advice would be to enjoy it! It will get frustrating and overwhelming at times and you will get tired of making decisions, but in the end everything will work out in one way or another. When it gets frustrating and overwhelming remember that you are marrying your best friend and then you get to celebrate with the ones you love. It’s awesome!” – Jessica from Texas

11. “Treat your wedding day like what it is. It’s a day that marks a new chapter in your life. It’s not a fairytale, it’s not a perfect day…it’s an experience. Henry David Thoreau once said “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” This applies to life as much as it applies to your wedding day. If you want to have a good time you’re going to have a good time no matter what happens (a family member actually fainted at the altar right in the middle of our ceremony) and if you want to nit pick and complain about how things are not going the way you want them to go then you’re going to spend the whole day nit picking. You have the power to choose how your wedding day turns out. Make the choice to have a wonderful, fabulous day and treat everything that happens as an experience. That’s what we did and boy did we have a blast!” – Erica from California

West Virginia countryside estate with photos by The Oberports | via junebugweddings.com Photo by The Oberports

12. “Stay true to yourself throughout the entire process and incorporate things that mean the most to you as a couple even if it’s not traditional. I would definitely recommend hiring a wedding planner especially if you are planning from a distance! Don’t cut your budget too much when it comes to photography! Over the past few months I realize more and more just how important that decision was. It’s the one thing that you will look back at over and over and share with your loved ones. And of course throwing such a wonderful party and showing all the out of staters just how beautiful my home state of West Virginia is!” – Katie from West Virginia

13. “Find a beautiful venue (lots of light) and keep it simple. Invest your money into a good photographer!!!” – Chelsea from France

Angola, Africa Wedding with Photos by Melissa Jill Photography | via junebugweddings.com Photo by Melissa Jill Photography

14. “Delegate, and remember you can’t do everything.” – Berta from Africa

15. “Plan what you can and then just roll with it. Things are bound to go wrong, and it’s how you respond to those mishaps that will make your day either miserable or very enjoyable. The biggest success was that we had plenty of food and plenty of alcohol — people don’t like to be hungry or thirsty, and if you don’t have those basics down, the party will be set on the wrong path from the start. If dancing is something you’re interested in, make sure the DJ or the band completely understands the vibe you’re trying to create for the evening. We had both a fantastic DJ and a fantastic band, and they helped get the party started and they kept it going!” – Nora from D.C.

16. “Keep it simple and enjoy the whole process. The style of your wedding should be about the both you, add little pieces for him and his family as well as you and yours. Take a few moments together to step away from everyone and just watch during the reception! ENJOY IT!” – Micki from Wisconsin

navy and pink nautical wedding at White Bear Yacht Club, Minnesota, photos by Geneoh Photography Photo by Geneoh Photography

17. “I know it’s not possible for everyone, but we had a longer engagement which allowed us to reserve all the specific vendors we wanted. It’s amazing how quickly venues and people get booked. So I think that was a great success. Having wonderful vendors made our day run super smooth and helped create the look and feel that we wanted. Also, just staying really organized is helpful. One of the best gifts I received when we got engaged was a Russell and Hazel wedding organization binder. I used that binder till the day we got married and it was a life saver!” – Molly from Minnesota 

18. “If you’re planning a wedding far away from home, just remember that you won’t be able to delegate to relatives or bridesmaids… which means you need to be much more organized. Don’t leave “small things” to the last minute; you will end up doing most of it yourself the day before the wedding.” – Kim from Oregon

vintage inspired garden wedding in Ireland, photos by Savo Photography | via junebugweddings.com Photo by Savo Photography

19. “Try not to get too carried away with DIY and stick to a few projects. I originally wanted to take on the flowers and cakes and I’m so glad I opted out in the end. Be practical and use the expertise of family and friends should you still want the homemade, personal touch. Take time researching your vendors. There is lots of amazing talent out there and don’t be afraid of the highstreet or shopping online. Most of all follow your heart, choose things that reflect you as a couple and make you happy, as it should be the day of your dreams.” – Orlaith from Ireland

20. “Remember what your wedding day is truly about- celebrating your love as a couple. Enjoy each other, have fun, and remember that it’s OK if everything doesn’t go as planned.” – Brittany from North Carolina

I think the bottom line is to remember why you’re getting married in the first place and just enjoy your wedding as much as possible. Sounds easy, right? I think we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves when we’re planning something for months on end. You build it up a lot in your head and it’s very easy to forget why you signed up for it in the first place. As long as you do the prep work, have a good attitude, and have some helping hands, you will have the wedding day you always dreamed about. Next time on From Blogger to Bride, I’ll be helping us all out with an easy-to-use wedding-day timeline. Happy wedding planning, Junebugs!

xoxoCarrie5

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19 Comments

  1. I love tip number 2! Designing your own invitations can feel so overwhelming, so knowing when to ask for help is the key to success. It’s super useful having a bunch of creative friends and family, but don’t forget to consider professionals to really fine tune the ideas in your head!

  2. Some fab tips here. Planning a wedding can seem daunting, so make sure you give yourself small and manageable tasks. It’s all about keeping it fun and enjoying the planning stages!

  3. I agree. Starting early is the best thing a bride can do, so she can take her time rather than have it all done last minute.

  4. It’s almost impossible not to stress, but if you try to remember why you’re getting married, and just go with the flow, you’ll find yourself having fun and enjoying every minute of it.

  5. Wow ! very nice bride photo shoot. Thanks for sharing .

  6. Very nice photo shoot. I especially agree with #20. Many couples stress so much about their wedding day that they forget what their wedding was meant for in the first place.

  7. Excellent very nice bride photo shoots. Thanks

  8. Excellent wedding planning tips . Very nice .

  9. Excellent very nice photo….

  10. Crazy background – Amazing pair – Fantastic picture – Beautiful movements – Finally Excellent wedding

  11. Thanks for this! Invitations are the most stressful though :)

  12. Awesome list! Thank you for putting this all together.

  13. Very inspiring photos. These tips are so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love that this blog was a compilation of brides’ and brides’-to-be heartfelt advice. I’d love to hear what they have to say about their bachelorette parties as well!

  15. nice post, i really like it, thank you for sharing this

  16. wow, blog is very nice thanks for sharing

  17. I am happy to see someone has thought of this blog topic. I am pretty disorganised myself and don’t know really how to start preparing for the big day. Now that you have shared some tips, I am going to go through each one of these and see what needs to be done. Keep sharing such posts.

  18. Thanks for sharing the post. The wedding planning tips are awesome. I love the number 2 tip. Designing your own invitations makes me inspired. But if you try this with a professional designer it would be great.

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