FIRST THINGS FIRST
First of all –
Congratulations! You're getting married! Before we dive into the
nitty-gritty of creating a dream wedding, take a moment to relax
and actually enjoy being engaged. Like everything, this special
time before your wedding will rush by in a blur and it is so important
that even while you are madly planning this perfect day you can
appreciate these moments – your last as a non-married person!
Make some time in your
engagement period to 'check-in' with your partner. It's too easy
to think that spending hours on your wedding is the same as spending
hours on your relationship. Make a date, go out and talk about
non-wedding related things for a few hours. If you are finding
that every conversation you have (both with each other, family
and friends) quickly turns to your wedding plans, gently steer
the discussions back to another topic. This serves a few purposes;
a) It'll save you (and your partner) from wedding over-load.
b) It will make sure that the special details of your wedding
will be sweet surprises for the guests.
c) It will remind you that there is much more to your life than
your wedding. Really.
You are not
I know, you think that's an odd statement but hear me out. All
our lives, we see our wedding as our one opportunity to be the
princess, to be perfect for a day. Then suddenly, we find ourselves
faced with actually planning this magical wedding and wondering
how on Earth we are supposed to magically turn ourselves into
this Princess and achieve perfection in just a few months! Even
with a limitless budget, brides-to-be turn themselves inside out
trying to achieve a fairytale ideal. To be perfect. Imagine the
stresses that brides on a budget must be feeling! I know you know
Remember this. Your partner will love you regardless of what
you are wearing, how your hair looks and what flowers you are
holding. The guests that truly love you and wish you well will
still cry tears of joy regardless of where you are married and
what you feed them. You will still get misty-eyed in years to
come thinking of the day you and your partner became one. Details
will fade, while the permanent reminder of your love for each
other will not.
That's all well and Good,
You really want to be a princess for a day? You really do want
people to gush over your flowers, your shoes, your dress and your
hair? You're sure that you want people to tell great stories about
your wedding reception for years to come?
I get it. I understand. And lucky for you, I know the inside
tips and tricks for saving you thousands of dollars in creating
a dream wedding on a shoestring budget!
Pay attention as I run through the various sections of this e-book.
You'll soon see that research, time and knowing what you want
are all vital components of creating a day you will remember for
a lifetime, and for all the right reasons!
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