© 2003 Tracie Morris, Certified Wedding Planner
Is your head spinning? If you’re planning a wedding, it probably
is. Many brides find themselves overwhelmed by all the details, especially
in the early stages of preparation. That’s why I’ve compiled
the Six Ps of Wedding Planning – these tips will help you deal with
the details and reduce your pre-wedding stress:
- Price. Regardless of who is picking up the tab, you
need to know and adhere to the budget. Before booking the hall, ordering
invitations, or spending any money at all, you should compile a list
of what each item will cost and make sure it fits within your budget.
Good research is the key to planning a successful, affordable wedding.
- Practical. Being on a budget requires the bride and
groom to make sensible choices. For example, splurging on a designer
wedding gown may mean sacrificing something else down the line. That
leads into our next P...
- Prioritize. Your wedding preparations start with
the proposal and end with the honeymoon. It’s everything in between
that can be hair-raising for you and your family! There are literally
hundreds of things to do, order, book, arrange, and buy. I’ve
prepared a special checklist of wedding tasks that will help you get
organized and prevent last minute panics. Request your free copy by
sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Countdown
article” in the subject line.
- Pleasant. Sometimes this is the toughest of the
Six Ps. When you feel the tension mounting, take time out for yourself.
You don’t want your wedding to be remembered as an ordeal so try
to keep a positive outlook.
- Parents. Whenever possible let parents and siblings
assist with the preparations. You’ll need plenty of helpers and
they’ll appreciate being involved.
- Protocol. Wedding etiquette has become more complex
over the years. There are several books available on the subject such
as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette. But one great free resource
is an article entitled “Wedding Etiquette Guidelines.” It
deals with touchy issues like who pays for what, who do you tip, how
do you word the invitations, and much more. To request a free copy,
send an email with the subject line “Wedding etiquette article”
I wish you all the best as you plan for your wedding day. Using the Six
Ps can make the preparations easier and more pleasant for you and your
Tracie Morris has been a wedding planner since 1999 and certified
since 2002. Since then, she’s become known as the Bride
Guru. Ask her your wedding questions and get free advice by clicking
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