Planning a wedding is a big task for any couple to take on, especially if they try to take care of it all themselves. When Stephanie and I began planning our wedding we quickly realized that without any help from other people it was going to be a long and hard process to get everything that needed to be done taken care of. It was even more difficult considering that we were planning a wedding in Indiana from California, so we figured the more help that we could enlist, the better. These helpful volunteers made our awesome wedding day possible and without them I can almost guarantee that it wouldn’t have been the memorable day that it was.
The bottom line is that whether or not your wedding help comes from friends and family like ours did or from someone who you decided to hire, it’s very important to get the right type of people put into a position to help you get the most out of your big day. If you’re not sure who can be your helpful wedding people, here are a few options that can potentially kick your wedding planning into a higher gear.
Friends And Family
The first place you should look for wedding help would be in your family and circle of friends who want to be involved in your big day. I know that sometimes it’s not easy to ask those closest to you for help, but more times than not most of your friends and family will actually want to help you out. They might not come out and blatantly ask to be involved (although Stephanie’s step-mom did), but believe me, they will be more than happy to help you get your wedding planning on. Also, if you have siblings who are already married you need to be asking them for advice on all kinds of things — they’re been there and done that and you should take advantage of it!
One of the things that a lot of couples are doing in lieu of hiring a full-time wedding planner is paying a wedding coordinator to manage only the logistics and madness that’s known as the weekend of the wedding. This type of wedding help won’t be there when you’re choosing your DJ or figuring out the flavor of cake you want to serve, but they will be there during the most chaotic time of your wedding and will make the brides life much easier for the entire weekend. There’s no need to worry about giving your uncle George directions to the church for the hundredth time when you hire a wedding coordinator because it’s their job to take care of stuff like that.
If you’re reading this right now, I’m guessing that you found us on Google after searching for something about weddings. Just like this blog is trying to do, there are tons of other online wedding resources out there that are all about helping you have a better, cheaper, easier and more unique wedding, so be sure to take the time to look them up.
Looking for ways to have a cheaper wedding? Check out the Broke Ass Bride. Want to ditch the standard white dress and tux and have an alternative wedding? The Anti-Bride is something you should catch up on. I could go on and on about other sites who are doing an awesome job educating soon-to-be-married couples, but these two should get you started in the right direction.
Get Yourself A Wedding Planner
Although this is the most expensive option, sometimes forking out the cash is the best way to get everything you need taken care of for your wedding. If you are super busy and feel like you just can’t get everything finished on your own, then you might just need to bite the bullet and find someone who can help you out whenever you need them. Just be sure not to let them do everything — believe it or not there are a lot of things during your wedding planning that you will have fun doing as a couple. Even though it’s still part of the planning, these things are part of what I think makes the planning process so much fun.
Do Your Research
Another way to educate yourself on the world of wedding planning is to pick yourself up a stack of helpful wedding books or magazines at your local bookstore (or just look at them while you’re at the store like Stephanie did). This was actually one of the things that Stephanie loved to do and she really minded spending time reading these books and magazines.