Ah, the life of a Newlywed on Instagram, toasting champagne, kissing your fiancé, posing just right to capture the ring bling, an experience many long for, and who wouldn’t? Being a Newlywed is certainly a wonderful title to hold and is great cause for celebration, but with that role might come less Instagram-worthy moments. See: wedding planning stressors.
So, as you journey to one of the best days of your life and the best party you will ever throw, here are 5 things to remember to keep you snapping for The Gram.
1. Ask for Help
There’s more to planning a wedding than one might think. It’s important to ask family and friends for help when you need it. Be mindful though that “help” doesn’t necessarily mean “opinion” unless you want it to. Asking for help could be as simple as talking with a close friend about providing transportation for the bridal party on the day of the wedding or speaking with a family member about picking up flowers on the morning of.
Prioritize your needs over your wants
As you walk through the planning process, vendor names will be collected, and your budget might be pinched. Make a list of what you really need, what you really want, and what you could live without just in case finances get too tight or the scope of what you envisioned for your wedding day changes. It’s important to be mindful of your budget and stay the course. No need to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and recreate this scene from SATC.
3. Take Mental Pictures
It’s true what they say; the wedding day can go by in a complete blur for the bride and groom. Do your best to take mental pictures of things that you want to capture in your mind forever. We get it, there’s so much you want to snapshot to memory, but that’s also what a good photographer is for. Do your best when it comes to taking a step back and really breathing in the experience around you.
This one is so important. No matter how many of you kept yourselves on a strict diet in an effort to fit into your dream dress or that bathing suit you bought specifically for your honeymoon, this is your cheat day. You’re welcome. You’ve paid for the food, so you deserve to try it out. Plus, it gives you the energy to tear up the dance floor as only you can do on your wedding day.
5. Accept That You Can’t Please Everyone
No matter how much you want to meet everyone’s needs and make things as convenient for them as you can, it’s not possible. It’s thoughtful to keep others in mind, but when it comes down to it, it’s your day, so do what makes you happy. You only get to do this once… hopefully.
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