Recently engaged and feeling overwhelmed with everything that’s involved in planning your wedding? You’re not alone; most brides-to-be feel overwhelmed with wedding planning at some point. The good news is that there are some things you can do (and avoid doing) to make the process go much more smoothly.

DO Get Your Partner Involved

There seems to be a common assumption that the bride is the one who plans the wedding while the groom simply sits back and does nothing. However, if you speak to your partner, there’s a good chance that he would be more than happy to help with various aspects of planning–especially if you explain to him just how overwhelmed you’re feeling. You can use all the help you can get, so why not turn to your other half?Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 8.38.21 AM

DON’T Put Off Finding a Venue

One of the most important aspects of planning your wedding is booking a venue, so try to get that done as soon as possible; a lot of other things will be able to fall into place from there. After all, you can’t exactly send out save-the-dates, book a DJ, or even put a deposit down on a photographer until you know when and where your event will be taking place.

DO Use a Planning Guide/Checklist 

There are all kinds of helpful guides available for wedding planning. Take advantage of one of these; it will be a lifesaver. Specifically, these guides will let you know exactly what you should be checking off your list and how far in advance before your wedding you should be doing so. This will help make sure you stay on track and will help you feel less overwhelmed throughout the planning process. It’ll also contribute to ensuring you don’t forget anything. Check out our 12-Month Wedding Planning Timeline. You can get a printed copy here or download a digital copy (below.)

DON’T Forget to Track Spending

Few things are more stressful when planning a wedding than trying to stay within your budget, so make sure to start a spreadsheet as soon as you start making purchases for the wedding, and keep it updated. Include every wedding-related purchase you make, no matter how big or small.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but if you follow these tips, it’ll be much more manageable and totally worth it when all is said and done. And whenever you start feeling overwhelmed, just be sure to remind yourself that when all is said and done, all that truly matters is that you’ll be marrying your soulmate.

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