Updated: Nov 1, 2021
Said absolutely everyone. But let me be the one to tell you, they are WRONG. ->
I got engaged on June 16th, 2018. And although I already had my entire wedding planned on my Pinterest page prior to this, I STILL started planning my wedding: that following afternoon.
To be fair- this was just my fiance and I sitting down and chatting about our priorities and making the big, easy decisions. (Keep an eye out for a whole post about this conversation). But I also started that week; pinning pins, downloading apps, creating lists, finding spreadsheets, reading articles, and watching videos. This was FUN! I was newly engaged, excited and wanted to be doing these things. And on top of it- it was productive.
It didn't take long for me to realize that this planning was going to be I.N.S.A.N.E!
So what did the highly productive, incredibly organized, newly engaged woman do? She planned her whole damn wedding! (FYI, our goal was to save as much money as possible and therefor I did almost everything myself).
I got started early making myself a spreadsheet on everything I could possibly ever need to know. And then day by day chipped away at each page and added more and more to my to do list. I started the DIY projects that I knew I wanted (for us it was DIY Invitations, flowers, oh aaaaand everything else).
I cannot emphasize enough how happy I am that I got started IMMEDIATELY!
A few months before the wedding is when everyone else gets interested- they start planning the parties, asking if they can help, and most of all asking...
"How are you holding up? Getting stressed out?"
I'm not, because I used my time management skills and spent weeks cutting out my invitations with an X-acto knife a year ago!! (while also binge watching Grays Anatomy)
A few months before the wedding, I was feeling GREAT. I felt prepared and best of all stress free. I had a short to do list that had to wait till closer to the wedding to be done- but everything else that goes into building a wedding was set up, and ready to go.
This was also about the time that I realized, huh... I must be doing things a bit differently and maybe I should tell other people....
So to start off my blog of tips and tricks to the newly engaged couple: don't wait.
Go ahead and start planning, start budgeting, start the DIY projects, start researching, and cake testing and all that good stuff. Start the wedding planning!! By taking the time that you have, you are making it that much less stressful, and making your engagement that much more enjoyable.
Don't look at it as if your entire engagement is going to be filled with terrible stressful plans but look at it as.. you giving yourself more time is allowing you to balance your life WITH wedding planning.
You are able to do it all at once. Without being overly stressed. Without being obsessed. Without it being all consuming.
You get to be happy, and engaged, and all while planning that perfect day for the both of you.
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