The first step for many brides is to jump into wedding planning, and trust me, I get it. We had our venue booked within a week! There’s tons of blogs and resources out there to keep you on track with wedding planning. Like many brides, I've been using TheKnot.com to keep us on track. Now that the booking process is nearing the end, we've hired a day of coordinator. Our coordinator is going to take care of everything from reviewing our contracts, creating a day-of timeline, and working with our vendors to make sure the wedding day is as care-free and full of excitement as possible. What our coordinator doesn’t provide though, is styling.
It’s easy to get caught up in the logistics of caterers, venues, and florists. It can be hard to balance looking your best at all of your appointments and events, so you’ll need to become your own stylist coordinator. Here’s a few tips to get you started:
Nail down your organization style: Are you all digital or more of a paper-and-pen kind of gal? Figure out the organization tactic that works best for you, and get ready to plan! This could include setting up spreadsheets, creating a Google Calendar, dedicating a special notebook, or even investing in a good old fashioned planner.
Decide what you want: Whether you have been dreaming of your wedding forever, or you're just starting to think about it, this is your chance to make the engagement period truly about you. There are a lot of decisions to make, but the fun part is that all of these events celebrate you! Start thinking about if you want an engagement party, what type of shower, if any, you're going to have, potential bachelorette destinations, and wedding weekend events. Now's the time to daydream, you can worry about the budget and planning process later.
Don't forget your fiancé!: Here at Tie The Knot In Style, the bride is the star of the show, but never let yourself get so caught up in the process that you forget that you're part of a team. Make sure to consult your fiancé and find out what events are important to him, too!
Talk to your girls: By now you probably have at least some idea of who will be standing beside you on your wedding day. You're choosing these girls for a reason, so you should be able trust them fully. Identify the girls that will be closest to you throughout the wedding process and start conversations about what events you hope to have. Odds are that at least one of them has tied the knot already, so ask them what events they loved or wished they had when they were engaged.
Take the reins: Don't be afraid to share what you want! If nobody volunteers to host an engagement party, it's okay to enlist one or two of your closets friends or family and ask if you can help them put something together. They have probably already put some thought into this and will likely be more than happy to help host.
Map it out: Start thinking about what events you'll be having and put together a rough timeline. While it’s not realistic to know all of your events right away, you likely have an idea of how far away your wedding is and a rough timeline of when each event will be.
Set styling deadlines. Now's the time to get real about your shopping habits. Are you a planner who knows just what to wear to events months ahead of time, or are you a procrastinator who waits until the last minute? You don’t need to plan out each detail now, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t find yourself scouring Amazon for items with two-day shipping. Nail down potential dates (even just the month) and identify a deadline for yourself for making a plan on what to wear. This will help you guide the process.
Now that you've started the planning process, it's time to start styling. Check back each Tuesday for new tips on selecting the perfect outfit for every occasion!
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