Our wedding is just over a week away!!! I wanted to share some wedding planning do’s that I would recommend to any friend who asked. One of my dad’s favorite sayings is “Hindsight is 20/20”, so here are my takeaways!
1. Take Dance Lessons: Seriously, it may sound cliche but it was honestly the best! No matter how stressed from work my fiancé or I were, when we arrived at dance class we always left more relaxed. It keeps the focus on the moment and why you are there in the first place, your wedding! Lucas at Vintage Ballroom in Omaha is incredible. It’s no surprise he’s training to be a marriage counselor; he read me in a minute “Looks like you tend to take the lead”….busted!
2. Find Your Team: Finding people to help make your big day seamless is essential. Whether it be professional planners, family, or friend take the time to find people you can count on and trust. For me, working with the talented mavens at Lovestruck Events was a game changer. They took the time to listen and understand our vision and style for the wedding of our dreams. They worked within our budget, answered all 2,989,468 questions and kept us on-top of tasks (when we cooperated!). Candace and Lindsay have true expertise in this area, which is incredibly complex and detail heavy. I give them major credit for keeping my mom and me happy with each other during this exciting, yet stressful planning period. Without family in town and both of us with demanding jobs, it took pressure off my fiancé and me by letting us enjoy the engagement period and planning process more.
3. Prepare Mentally: Many couples we have talked to have said they enjoyed pre-marital counseling, so we wanted to find something right for us. We found a course online, “Prologue” that was written by the author of “The Five Love Languages”. It is free and very easy to do at home. Discussing important topics with prompts can help you refocus on where you came from and what you both want for the future.
4. Get Strong: I wanted to be in the best shape possible for my wedding day, who doesn’t?! Finding out how to accomplish this can be hard with so many different routes to take. I started working with a trainer once a week at Todd Smith Fitness and taking High-Intensity Interval Training classes at the Ultimate Workout in Omaha (treadmill, weights, biking type class similar to Orange Theory etc.). I feel more toned than I have in years and more confident. Whether it is going for runs around the neighborhood, taking Barre classes, or working out with an at-home guide like BBG, take the time to feel good and looking good will follow.
5. Take No-Wedding Days: It was important to make certain days off-limits for wedding talk. It let us breathe and reconnect without all the pressure and task managing. Wedding planning is exciting and overwhelming! Attempting to take days or even just a dinner date to ban wedding discussion and talk about all the rest of life is key!
Hope this helps anyone in the midst of wedding planning. We are headed to a close friend’s wedding in Chicago this weekend. Keep an eye on our Instagram for some amazing Sarees and dancing!