27Jan2015

Top Ten Wedding Planning Myths

Wedding Myths

Wedding planning is steeped in tradition. No matter your background or culture, weddings are a big deal and many people see a wedding as a rite of passage. For many young people, it may be the first time they leave home and live with a significant other. For others, it is a symbol of their continued devotion and commitment, after years of being together. Whatever your circumstances are, weddings come along with many expectations, some of which are just downright ridiculous. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten wedding planning myths and how you can make sure they don’t ruin your big day.

Your wedding is all about you.

This is a very new-age way of seeing your wedding day, and if you and your partner are paying for the wedding all by yourselves, this can be, to some degree, true. However, your wedding day is just as big a deal for your family and close friends as it is for you, and because your parents on either or both sides are probably kicking in a little bit of cash to make this wedding happen, it’s worth your time to hear their ideas and maybe compromise if they have a few demands.

Weddings have to be expensive.

It’s just not true. Even if you want to have a hundred people there, your wedding doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. There are lots of ways you can plan a wedding for under a couple thousand dollars (that’s less than many women spend on just their dress!). A great way to cut your costs is to rent a tent, rent chairs and tables, and even rent china and flatware. Across the board, renting is going to be cheaper than purchasing, especially if you want all of those things to match and arrive at your wedding venue clean and ready to use.

You’ll be emotional on your wedding day.

If you’ve ever seen a movie or television show with a wedding, you’ve probably seen both the bride and groom bawling during the ceremony. But what if that’s just not you? Many people see that as a portent of a doomed relationship, while in reality, getting emotional might just not be your style. Don’t let other people dictate how you should be feeling or acting on your wedding day.

Planning a wedding is a stressful experience.

If you let it get stressful, it can be stressful. And maybe some parts of it are innately stressful. Lots of families like to have their say and impose their will, but if you set boundaries early on, you’re less likely to get into the tussles that many brides and grooms go through with their families during their engagement. Why not try to have as much fun during the wedding planning period as possible? Unless someone is actively trying to ruin your wedding, learn to go with the flow.

Planning a wedding is a bonding experience.

When you’re engaged, you’re likely spending most of your time and energy thinking about and planning your wedding. Other people often don’t have the same enthusiasm for the wedding as you do—that’s understandable, it’s not their wedding. This means that you can’t always dominate your family and friends’ time with wedding planning. Not everyone is going to want to bond with you over this experience.

Your wedding needs to be extremely personal.

It’s the biggest day of your lives, right? Shouldn’t it be deeply personal? You’ll see couples that try to make their day extremely meaningful and personal who spend the entire time panicking over whether or not everything is perfect, and other couples who get married in rented dresses and tuxes, in a rented tent in the town square, who just have fun. If you don’t have the energy to put together a handmade wedding, don’t worry. In ten years, you’ll remember how you felt much better than you’ll remember how everything looked.

Don’t go with the first dress, caterer, rental company, etc. that you find.

Trust your gut. If the first dress you try on feels like the one, don’t spend hours and days looking for other dresses. If you find a rental company that will let you get your tent, chairs, tables, linens, cups, plates, etc. all in one place, you probably don’t need to go looking for another vendor. Do your research, but use your intuition. Don’t waste time doing more work than you have, just for the sake of being “thorough.”

It takes a year to plan a wedding.

One year engagements are surprisingly popular among couples. This whittles down to the belief that it takes a year to plan a wedding—something that’s just not true. You can plan a wedding in a month, especially if you don’t try to do anything too extravagant. A more realistic time frame is six months, but even an elegant wedding can be planned in as little as three months.

It’s alright to ask your friends to work your wedding.

Your best friend is a photographer, which is great because now you don’t have to hire one. This does mean, however, that your best friend is going to spend the entire day of your wedding working, instead of enjoying himself or herself. While this is a good way to cut costs, it also means that your friends and family won’t get to enjoy this day with you.

Your wedding has to be perfect.

The goal of just about every bride and groom is to plan the “perfect” ceremony and reception. It’s probably the biggest party you’ll ever throw, and the most expensive, but in the end, do you want to spend the entire day fretting about whether or not everything is perfect, or do you just want to enjoy yourself?

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