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BRIDAL BEAUTY: Tips to Prepare for your Wedding

BEAUTY SCENE editors set aside easy tips to prepare for your wedding, from when to start, managing budgets, venues, to guest invitations and more:

Poto ©Carolina Herrera

Your wedding is one of the events you will remember most in your life. It can also be stressful and chaotic. You’ll be able to make it easier and less stressful if you take the time to prepare. Once you have decided that you’re getting married, it’s time to start getting ready for it. It doesn’t matter how far off the wedding is, planning the event is a process. You’ll be less stressed when you have the details all planned out. Below are some tips to prepare for your wedding day.

Start Early

Even if you’re not planning on getting married for a long time, you should have a timeline created and start your planning early. The first thing you should do is set the final date. If you set the date early and have a lot of time to plan up to it, the whole process will be more enjoyable. However, you choose to prepare, setting the date for a while out will give you enough time to plan every detail.

Poto ©Carolina Herrera

Create the Budget

Once you have decided on the date of your wedding, you should determine the budget. You’ll need to be realistic about what you can afford. When you’re adding up the expenses of the wedding ceremony and reception, be sure to overestimate the costs. You don’t want to end up paying more than you were preparing for. Starting with the wedding venue is a large part of your budget, but everything else will add up as well.

Choose your Venue

It will be difficult to have your date and budget settled until you confirm your venue. With the date and budget in mind, go out and find where the wedding ceremony and reception will take place. You’ll also need to think about where you will host the rehearsal dinner. These three steps are integral to preparing for your wedding date. When you set your date, decide on the budget, and choose your venue. If you have time to prepare the rest of your wedding.

Invite Guests Early

After you have set the date and venue, you can send out invitations whenever you’d like. If you’re not sure how you should design invitations, you can take a look at wedding invitation templates. It isn’t too early to send out invitations if you have the venue and the date. Not only will it scratch that to-do off your list, but you will also be able to get the RSVP back and find out who will be coming. With this information, you’ll have a better idea and handle on the overall budget.

Poto ©Carolina Herrera

Decide on Food & Drinks

You shouldn’t wait to decide on what food and drinks will be served at the wedding. You should choose to eat what represents you as a couple. Your preferences are important and it should be your day to decide what you’re eating and drinking. Will you be serving a traditional wedding cake? Or will you have a dessert table where people can serve themselves?

A dessert bar is a great option to provide a variety of desserts that will satisfy everyone. If you want to be unique, serve a signature cocktail. Where will you get the food? Will you have an open bar? These are questions you should answer early on in the process of preparing for your wedding to avoid unnecessary stress.

Poto ©Carolina Herrera

Give Yourself Enough Time

With the rest of the time you have, you’ll be able to figure out all the small details. Your venue is important, but who will marry you? How long will the ceremony be? Will the reception be at a different location? You need to have enough time to decide on all these things. It may sound like a lot, but when you have plenty of time to decide on these details you will be able to get everything done easily and without stress.

Your wedding is a special day. It will be full of love and happiness, but leading up to it can be stressful. Give yourself plenty of time by getting started on the crucial details immediately. Once you have set a realistic timeline, you’ll be able to work towards fulfilling your desires and making your wedding day beautiful and full of love.

All images from Carolina Herrera Bridal collection by Fashion Designer Wes Gordon, there’s more on DSCENE magazine.

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