I said I do….. and then I said now what? Listed below are FIVE things every bride should know:
- ENJOY THE MOMENT: This only happens once (or sometimes twice and three times) take some time to soak it all in. Many brides get straight into planning sometimes the same day they get asked the big question. This doesn’t mean to take a whole year to flaunt your fiance and say proudly WE’RE ENGAGED!! This means take a week or even a month if you need it to snuggle tight next to your soon to be husband.
- FOCUS ON YOU: I do not mean to shut out everyone in your life, I mean to really get involved in the YOU. Take care of your body. If you hate to workout maybe start with just eating more fruit and vegetables daily. Read more. Physical health is important but so is mental health, if reading isn’t your thing watch something educational to get your brain working. It may sound silly to some but every bride wants to look and feel their very best on the big day.
- DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT: This was the hardest for me. I have a large family, several close colleagues, and I become friends with almost everyone that I meet. I had to decide what my priorities were and who they were. I knew early I wanted my wedding to be close to home so all who could come would be able to afford to expense. My best suggestion would be to start the guest list EARLY, and to understand this is YOUR day not all who are giving you advice.
- BUDGET: Extra stress doesn’t need to be involved in the planning process. Depending on what kind of day you are looking to have or what kind of budget you began with it seems to never be enough. Expect to stretch that budget and be ready to do so with the help of your own self discipline. I love to shop, and I still do occasionally but the shopping trips to Saks fifth avenue have since gone to …. oh let’s say…Sake off fifth. : )
- TRY THEM ALL: I recently tried on my first wedding dress!! I know so exciting! Initially going into my appointment I had specific styles that I knew I NEVER wanted to try on i.e., ball gown, strapless. Ten minutes into my appointment I was already frustrated. I knew two things: 1. I wasn’t working out enough or I wasn’t dieting enough (or both) and 2. I needed to broaden my horizon of dress styles. I have not yet found the one but what I did find was that their are two styles that work best for me and those are — strapless and ball gown! Ha