Handmade Wedding Series readers, creationsbylonni offers up some advise for keeping your wedding planning from spirally out of control.
You’re engaged! You’re excited! You’re off to do some wedding shopping! Now you’re… sober. Wow. How much? Everyone told you how expensive weddings were, but you did NOT see that coming. Remember that scene in Father of the Bride where they went to visit the oh-so charming wedding coordinator for the first time and he garbled out some prices with his barely intelligible accent? It was funny in the movie, but in real life… not so much.
Don’t get discouraged. “No” is not a dirty word (it doesn’t even have four letters). You can use it and still have a wedding with all the style and panache you hope for. If you arm yourself with some practical resources, and you are honest with your intentions about what’s important to you within the limits of what you can afford, you can plan without stressing and losing your joy. Focusing on goals like “meaningful” and “personal” can keep you centered amid any chaos.
Let’s talk about some practical resources and some “outside the box” ideas. Believe it or not, there are some in the wedding industry who actually want to help you SAVE money! Here are a few suggestions to “gird your loins.”
Some Ideas on Etsy:
Etsy.com is a wonderful place to find all kinds of supplies and items for your wedding that you won’t find anywhere else. DIY is wonderful for weddings, but some things may require a skill you just don’t possess or a time commitment you can’t make. That doesn’t mean you have to go the cookie-cutter route. There are so many talented artists on Etsy, many of whom will create something one of a kind and just for you at a price that is reasonable using Alchemy. Have Grandma’s antique necklace transformed into a tiara or reinvented as fresh and modern jewelry. Use a custom stamp on your wedding stationery with your couple’s initials. The supplies category has all kinds of unique items to make your DIY project a hit! You may find yourself struck by inspiration just perusing the site.
Wedding Blogs are a great way to get in the loop with the most up-to-date wedding tips and trends. Have wedding experts at your disposal with these wonderful gems:
- Bridalwave — Camilla Chafer dishes unusual wedding tips in an irreverent, saucy style
- The Bride’s Café — Floral designer Janie Medley puts you in the know, interviewing the hottest talent in the wedding industry such as designer Monique Lhuiller and planner Jung Lee, and the pictures are fabulous.
- The Brides Guide from Martha Stewart — By editor in chief Darcy Miller of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
- What Junebug Loves — Christy Weber sweeps you away with lush, delicious color palettes. The wedding beauty and fashion tips are always fresh and stylish. This is a great blog for inspiration.
In planning your wedding, there is no one thing you HAVE to do except say “I do.” The most beautiful weddings are the ones where the couple’s have the most beautiful relationships. But… great decorations don’t hurt, either.
Here’s a video to watch with your fiance when you guys “need a laugh.” (Warning, if you have a child on your lap while watching this: there are a few naughty words!)
Should you decide to do some DIY projects, here are some…
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