There is so much information out there about planning a wedding — but how do you know what is right, what will work for you, and more importantly — what the truth is?
When I was initially planning weddings, I kept turning to internet for answers, but for some reason, the answers that I found weren’t quite cutting it- they just didn’t feel “right.” I found myself wanting to the know the truth about planning a wedding.
Truth #1: You get what you pay for
Want an amazing photographer? Be ready to splurge more. Want everything to go smoothly on the wedding day? Well if you’re paying experienced professionals, you most certainly can! As the saying goes, you can’t expect champagne when you have a beer budget! Your budget is what it is, but just keep this tidbit in mind when you’re evaluating the expectations that you have for a wedding.
Truth #2: Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, and it’s definitely not an easy task!
Sure, when you start planning a wedding, it’s exciting, fun and new. You buy magazines, start looking at dresses, scour blogs with tons of pretty images, and start dreaming about the wedding. But then, you have a million places and vendors to go to. Payments to make. Schedules to create. People to organize.
If you’re prepared to take on something equivalent to a full-time job, then go for it, if not Hire a Planner.
Truth #3: Prices are not inflated just because of the word “Wedding”
I know there’s a myth that floats around saying that services and products for weddings are expensive because the word “wedding” is associated with them. The simple truth of the matter is that they’re not. Even if it seems like something is priced higher than “normal,” it’s because the person realizes that providing services for a wedding requires more than your normal event. And in reality, you are expecting your wedding to be better than a backyard birthday party, right?
Truth #4: Inspiration is not replication
You don’t have to replicate what you see. The main goal of internet and wedding blogs is to inspire you. In fact, weddings have different styles, so it’s okay to think mason jars are cute and not incorporate them into your wedding. Details are wonderful, but they’re even better when they’re unique to you. Infuse your personalities and your story into your details. Your wedding should be a reflection of you and your family, not a reflection of the most popular wedding on the internet.
Truth #5: DIY isn’t for everyone
Ah, the infamous DIY. It seems like just about everything is DIY nowadays, doesn’t it? It’s a huge undertaking, and it’s most definitely not right for everyone. Even if you want to just DIY your favors ~ let me tell you… it takes way longer than you’ll expect it to! If you’re crafty, and your friends and family are crafty, and they all want to lend a helping hand, then go for it. But if it’s just you and your trusty craft supplies — you may want to think twice about DIYing your wedding!
So there you have it — some very important truths about planning a wedding!
Have any of you discovered anything opposite to these truths? Do let me know in the comments below.