A wedding is a monumental event for many people’s lives. It is, in a way, seen as an event to solidify a couple’s partnership in life. On top of the sacredness of marriage, it is also one of the rare occasions where your loved ones are gathered in a single setting. And so, it also becomes an important social affair for the people involved.
Since weddings are culturally and socially relevant for the majority of people, making a memorable experience is a priority. From choices of wedding caterers to fashion designers, every aspect is considered and should be the “best”. If someone can pull infinite tricks up their sleeves, they will definitely do it at weddings.
However, in the changing times today, people are starting to believe that marriage is a dying tradition. In a society where being economical is important, the glamor and extravagance in weddings are being considered superficial and thus frowned upon.
This can become an area of friction for people who have been planning their dream wedding for years now. Should you spend money on your wedding? Should you envision a lavish wedding party? Should you invest in a luxurious bridal gown? Do weddings even mean anything today? These are some questions that might pop up from time to time.
The reality is, you can do anything you want in your life – even if this means wanting a magical wedding celebration. Having a memorable and meaningful wedding does not mean you have to spend more or add more. It only takes mindfulness on the aspects that matter.
So, what should you consider before planning your wedding? Here are some important things every bride-to-be should know:
Dress However You’re Comfortable With
From ball gowns to mermaid gowns, bride-to-be’s can be very particular at what they want to wear on their wedding day. It is normal to want to look your best on your special day, especially when people are gathering to celebrate you.
But, regardless of how you look, your comfort should be the number one thing you have to consider because whatever you feel will manifest through your actions. If you do not feel comfortable with what you wear, you might end up being easily irritated or failing to enjoy the celebration.
At the end of the day, what good is a gown if you cannot move around in it or a high heel shoes if you cannot walk in it?
The Party Will Not Necessarily Revolve Around You
Ideally, your wedding is a celebration of your and your significant other’s love for each other. And so, it is easy to think that you are going to be the center of the party. And while this is true, the people who are going to attend your wedding will also be there for others too.
Think about your old colleagues or your extended relatives. As much as they are excited to see you walk down the aisle, they are also excited to see each other again after a while. Therefore, when planning for your wedding party, make sure that you are hosting one that is encouraging of social and communal activities.
This way, you can have a memorable wedding party that every guest will enjoy and remember in the long run.
Your Guest List Is Important
One of the most common practices in family-oriented cultures and societies is growing your guest list to an exponential amount. If this is the case, you are likely to not recognize the majority of the people on your wedding day. And although “the more, the merrier” is a well-established principle, it is not always true.
For special occasions such as weddings, you have to realize that to be able to have a meaningful experience, you have to create it with people who are also meaningful to you. It doesn’t matter how many people are going to be there, but who they are matters.
Taking the time to review your guest list helps you to not only personally link with them, but also makes your wedding day more worthwhile, especially when it is filled with people who care for you the most.
Splurging Is Not Your Best Option
A lot of people are under the impression that more expensive is better or that spending more leads to a better outcome – this is completely wrong. If you have the means to purchase the most exclusive and premium items for your wedding, feel free to do so.
On the other hand, if you live paycheck to paycheck and might have to save up for years to afford a lavish wedding, then you might have to re-evaluate your plans. No matter how special a wedding is, your memories will not be shaped by how much everything costs. It will be based on the experiences that you will share with your loved ones.
Overall, the life of the party is not going to be your gown, the venue, or the food, it will be the people who will complete it. It is in your hands how you are going to make it significant for everyone.
Ask For Help If Needed
If you have been planning for your dream wedding ever since you are a teenager, you might find yourself getting overexcited to finally prepare for it. Being hands-on in your wedding plans just shows how much you want things to go as nicely as possible. However, you also have to keep in mind your limitations and the things that are beyond your control.
Experts are always there to be consulted; and if you are planning a wedding on a budget, friends and family will surely be there to lend a hand. Stressing yourself perfecting the smallest details can lead to burnout that can spoil your enthusiasm towards your special day.
Take rests from time to time and ask for assistance while staying organized. This is the best approach to planning and will not only produce great outcomes but less exhaustion as well.
Never Set High Expectations
A dream wedding is nothing without your vision to make it happen. Every aspect should be in its proper place and is well-prepared. In reality, no matter how much preparation you put into something, things can always happen differently – circumstances change and adversities happen.
The best way to go about any situation is to never set high expectations for it. No one wants a party to fail, but it is also normal for problems to arise. Stressing yourself about the problems will only prevent you from being fully satisfied with your day.
And so, being at peace with the fact that things might not go the way you want them to will improve your outlook in the situation and help you enjoy each moment fully.
Weddings are a huge part of people’s lives. Their cultural and social significance make them impactful in such a way that people go to great lengths just to have a perfect wedding ceremony and celebration.
However, the general outlook on weddings is changing in modern times. In comparison to how extravagance was given utmost importance in the past decades or even centuries, people are becoming more and more reasonable (or realistic) when it comes to how they view weddings. This is also a way to give emphasis on the true essence of a wedding: celebrating love with loved ones.
The aesthetic and material elements of a wedding are only secondary to what truly creates a meaningful and memorable celebration. Focusing your thoughts on the people and how you are going to create a pleasant atmosphere on your wedding day is what makes a sincere and life-long experience.