1) Plan Ahead
While a wedding could theoretically be planned within 6 months, planning earlier than that, at least a year in advance will ensure that you are able to achieve all of the necessary loose ends for a successful wedding. Start early with drafting up a number of ideas with your fiancé' and bridal party.
2) Dream big with a budget
Set a number and don't allow yourself or anyone else to let you go over it. Keep the wedding of your dreams within the confines of a budget that works best for you and remember, there are always ways to achieve what you're looking for without sacrificing your bank account along the way!
3) Don't try to do everything yourself
It's easy to start planning your wedding and forget that there are other people around to help you. When trying to get every detail just the way you imagined, make sure that you allow others to help you! Send your bridesmaids to help pick up any items and don't forget to give yourself a breather in between planning. Which brings us to our next step....
4) Learn to Relax
This is supposed to be one of the most exhilarating times of your life!! Allow yourself time to enjoy it. Though the planning may become stressful at times, make time for yourself. Treat yourself to spa days or champagne evenings with the girls. Do what you need to do to not become overwhelmed.
5) Stay away from drama
To many times brides wish to give each of their friends a placement within their wedding. What sounds like an amazing idea to begin with can quickly turn into a storm of jealousy, yelling and fighting between a large group of women. If some of your friends are unwilling to put on that dress they may never wear again or help you with a DIY centerpiece or wedding favor, stay away from the drama and cut them from the party.
6) Keep a checklist handy
Creating a "bridal binder" that holds ideas, receipts and other necessities is a must these days in planning. Keep all of your checklists handy when moving through the process so that no detail is forgotten. Are you sure you ordered that robin egg blue ribbon for your chairs? Did you tell the cake designer that you opted out of that extra fondant on the top layer of your cake? Did you cancel the ice sculpture that you placed an order on in a whim that last Friday? Keep a list and update it regularly.
7) Don't be afraid to be offbeat
If you want to have color in your wedding dress or are wanting to show off that row of butterflies down your back during your ceremony and reception, or even a "Lord of the Rings" themed wedding, DO IT. Don't stress about what others may think, remember, this is your day!! Do what you can to please your loved ones as best as possible, but stay true to yourself. This will help you get the best out of your day and give you the most memorable experience.
8) Stay Inspired
Keep yourself excited about the big day and the honeymoon. The moment you begin to think about how in the world you're going to get a 3 ft. cake into your reception hall is the moment you might begin thinking "....maybe we should elope". When this starts to happen, run to wedding blogs or the runways to keep yourself excited about your day. "Can't wait to wear that new dress?" "That cake is going to taste amazing!" "Wait until my guests see the dance my fiancé' and I have been practicing just for them". See? Excite yourself, stay inspired.
9) Pay attention to the experts
Industry professionals are in the industry for a reason. As much as you may feel that having wedding attire made out of silk might be the most unique idea to have a poolside ceremony or reception, think again. If a professional is telling you that there are to many red flags in an idea of yours, listen. It will save you the most time stressing out.
10) Hire a planner
Wedding coordinators/designers/planners etc. are created to help a bride enjoy her day and not sweat the small (or big) stuff. We are here to keep you on your toes, make sure your hair is coiffed just right before you take a walk down the aisle and allow design your wedding to fit what you have been dreaming of as long as you can remember. A planner will also keep all of your expenses within your budget and organize all checklists to ensure not even a bobby pin is missing.