Ask The Experts: Things to Keep in Mind in the Weeks Leading up to Your Wedding
In planning for what is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, a lot of things along the way can become overwhelming, even for the most organized person. From hefty bridal party opinions to the pressure that is associated with picking the perfect vendors for your event, sometimes, brides and grooms alike just need a little reassurance that everything is going to work out just fine.
From the East coast to the Southwest, we caught up with some of the biggest names in the wedding planning business to see what kind of advice full service planners are giving their brides just weeks before they take that unforgettable walk down the aisle.
“Spend time with your fiancé and family! This may seem like a no-brainer, but so many couples get wrapped up in last minute wedding details, they forget to take the time out to spend this quality time with those closest to them. Schedule a walk in the park with your mom, the last “father/daughter” dinner date with your dad, or a special date with your hubby-to-be where you don’t talk about anything wedding-related!! By this point, your wedding coordinator should have taken the reigns from you, and they can handle any last minute emergencies that pop up.” –Laura Arredondo, DFW Events (DFW, Texas)
“The bit of advice I always give to my brides if we’re only a few weeks out from their wedding is to remember what is ultimately most important and that is marrying their fiancé. Leave the details to the professionals and enjoy this time with their family and closest friends. It can get overwhelming when thinking of everything leading up to the big day, but when you have a professional and experienced wedding planner and team of vendors, there is nothing to worry about.” -Jan Hill McBee, LaFete Weddings and Events (Atlanta, GA)
“Now, more than ever, is the time for gratitude. Go to yoga class, put on a Pandora meditation station, or simply fire up a hot bubble bath, and remind yourself of these simple truths: I am grateful for the person whom I am about to marry. I am grateful for the personal and professional relationships that have contributed to making this day special. I am grateful for every moment that led me to here, and I am grateful for the beautiful moments to come. Gratitude encourages us to see when enough is enough. It relieves us from the exhausting race of comparing our big day to Pinterest or the dozen weddings we attended last year. It prevents us from making unwise last-minute decisions. It empowers us to see everything that we do have, rather than everything we don’t, and releases us from tense standards of perfection so we can instead experience joy. And that – above all else – is what will make your wedding day perfect.” Meggie Francisco, Meggie Francisco Event Design (DFW, TX)
“Now you are in the last month or weeks from your wedding, it is normal that you may start getting a bit stressed. Relax! Indulge yourself to a nice outing to relax and start feeling that happy feeling that you are getting close to your Big Day. And most important of all, don’t lose sight of what is important to you. Remember that this day will be the day you and your fiancée exchange vows to each other. Enjoy every minute of that day and don’t let the “little things” tarnish the big picture, which is “walking down the aisle to the love of your life.” Have a wonderful Wedding Day!” -Jackie Raez, Smooth Tie the Knots (Atlanta, GA)
“When it starts getting close to the Big day a lot of brides & MOB’s naturally start to feel the pressure of all the plans we’ve been working on & what’s left to still do. So first & foremost, I want to make sure they know that they can talk to me about anything. A tool that is really helpful to my clients those final weeks before the wedding is having their agenda, ceremony, & personal items checklist in their hands. It really helps put things in perspective for them & keep them calm. It makes for a beautifully calm bride & MOB the weekend of the big event.” -Lauren Schmidt, The Creative Touch Events by Lauren (DFW, TX)