10 Things Prospective Bride Should Keep in Mind

For many brides, their wedding day is one of, if not the most important day of their lives. Many women can confess they started having fantasies about their wedding day from when they were kids. However, not many ladies think about the work that has to be put in to have a successful wedding day. Planning for a wedding can be a nightmare especially for a bride. Every woman is willing to go to great lengths to make sure her wedding day is perfect. Below are some of the things prospective brides should keep in mind before their big day.

1. The Venue
This is one of the vital things in a wedding. The venue can make or break your wedding day. You need to survey a few venues before picking the one that suits you best. The place has to be of the right size to accommodate all your guests and leave space for moving around or even a dancehall. It should also be readily accessible to all the people you want to attend.

2. Get Your Marriage Licence
Many people think that the person officiating the wedding brings the marriage license. This is not the case as they are only supposed to sign the papers you give them. Get your marriage license early to avoid the hassle of dealing with government offices at the last minute. You don't want to have two anniversaries; one for your wedding day and one for the signing day!
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3. Voice Your Opinion
If you hire a wedding planner, always remember that it is your wedding day. You are the queen of the world and all you want you shall get. Some wedding planners have the habit of forcing their ideas down the throats of brides. From an outsider's perspective, they may seem like brilliant ideas but look terrible to you. Remember always to make your thoughts heard and incorporated into the final plan.

4. The Honeymoon Destination
Some brides prefer to leave the honeymoon destination decision to their husbands to surprise them on their wedding day. Do not be one of those brides. We all know how unreliable men can be. The last thing you want is to end up in some forest wishing you were never born. Decide on the destination with your partner beforehand and make necessary plans to ensure it's a smooth sail.

5. The Wedding Night
Every bride's wedding night should be special and unforgettable for the rest of their life. It is even more special if it is your first time making love with your partner. On your part, you need to think about what to wear that night. Don't be afraid to spice things up and go to that sexy lingerie shop down the street and pick something good up.

6. Pad Your Budget
Everyone knows how crazy a wedding budget can get. When budgeting, always go with the highest estimates. A trick that works is always to double the estimates of what you would think something costs typically. This helps you plan for the worst case scenario and keeps from having mini heart attacks when dealing with different vendors.

7. Changing Your Name
Traditionally, brides have always taken the surnames of their husbands. However, as times change, taking the surname of your partner is seemingly becoming less popular with lots of couples especially with millennials. In other rare cases, some husbands may take the last names of their wives. If state law allows it, you can choose how to change your name in any way you like. Whichever the case, you need to follow the legally prescribed method to change your last names so that it can be official. The chosen new surname should be submitted when applying for the marriage license.
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8. Print Directions on the wedding invitation
Keep in mind not everyone knows exactly where the wedding reception is. If a guest gets lost, they may not be able to contact you on the wedding day. Print directions on the wedding invitation card to ensure everyone makes it to the venue.

9. Guests
Think about how many guests you want at the wedding. Keep in mind a big wedding doesn't mean a successful marriage. A small, intimate wedding with the people who matter may end up being the wedding you never knew you always wanted. Do not invite anybody you don't want at your wedding, no matter who they are.

10. Relax
Brides tend to put so much pressure on themselves during the days leading up to the wedding day. Some may even get panic attacks or cold feet and decide to quit. Keep calm and remember why the day is essential to you and your loved one. You can also ask for advice from family or friends who have had weddings.

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