Every Wednesday, I’ll (try) to post up a Simple Living Tip, with an emphasis on tips that can be done while living a more traditional 9-to-5 life.
Truthfully I don’t think wedding planning can ever be that simple. It’s more like varying degrees of complications. Once you get into the planning process, there are so much logistics to deal with PLUS the emotional baggage associated with that big event.
Everyone’s advice for keeping it simple is to elope, but very few people actually just elope. The other popular advice is to focus on things that are most important to you. This can be the flowers, music, photography, whatever. That advice never seems to work because once you get into the planning, Every Little Thing becomes important either to yourself, your partner or your parents and friends.
Despite not really having any good tips (besides elope, elope, elope), here are some tips based on years of witnessing other brides go through the planning process:
1 ) Get a good photographer. Even if you think it’s expensive and not that important, years from now you’ll wish you had good photos.
2 ) Make sure both pitch in. It may be the bride’s day but letting all the planning fall on one person’s lap is a bad way to start a marriage.
3 ) Don’t drag out the decision making process. Narrow everything down to top 3 options and choose. Move on. Five years from now, no one will remember if you had red or pink flowers etc..
Truthfully I think a lot of the problem comes from the fact that most people don’t do a lot of event planning and are simply bad at decision-making.
On a side note: Many frugal blogs recommend asking others to pitch in and that usually involves cooking, designing invites or photography. The thing is: that graphic designer you know has probably been asked 50 times for that same favor but is too polite or nice to decline. So tread carefully here and respect other’s people’s time and priorities!
Do you have any good ideas for simplifying the wedding planning process, or is it impossible to not get swallowed up by the machine?