November 29, 2018
It’s not about planning the wedding, it’s about the marriage.
Congratulations, you’re engaged to the one your love, what a joyous time! I (Sara) remember when I said yes to Jake, I cried and I couldn’t stop hugging EVERYONE in sight. After slowly coming down from the crying and emotional high fest, I knew where I needed to start.
THE TIME IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT TO BE
Time is for you to decide! Yes, you have time! Do you have to rush? No! Do you have to wait an X amount of time before getting married? No! The time is completely dependent upon what you and your partner desire. I think one of the biggest disservices that the wedding industry does is put EVERYTHING into a timeline. Yes, timelines are so important, but they can make some people feel “behind” if they don’t fully match up to the standard. Time is completely up to you and your circumstances.
COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY
… for a stress-free wedding process and for a healthy marriage. The biggest point of wedding frustrations for couples/families is communicating what each desire or expects from everyone/the wedding. First, start off discussing with your partner about what the two of you need/want when it comes to the wedding planning and budget. Set those expectations, those dreams, and what can be discussed further. Then take that talk to your parents (or those involved) and have a conversation with them.
Communication is also the key to making quick, effective decisions to help keep the planning process stress free and chaotic.
It’s always been a saying that I’ve heard, but opinions are everywhere and everyone has them. If you have communicated with your partner (and anyone else you need to) before the opinions come, then you will *again* fight off those opinions with ease. It isn’t to say that all of the opinions that everyone has will be negative, but it is just something that most brides don’t think about when it comes to planning a wedding.
THE MOMENT IS ONCE
Michelle said it to me from day one, but this time, this moment, these feelings can only be experienced once! You must, this is my plea, you NEED to cherish the moment. The still quiet moments. Moments that seem overwhelming or never-ending. The moments in-between. All of these moments matter and later on, after you’re officially married, it will seem like that one moment was a lifetime ago. By cherishing all of the little moments and focusing on cherishing them, it gave me a chance to take everything slow and steady. To set the pace and not worry about anything else.
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