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I have fond memories of planning my wedding. The day after my then-boyfriend proposed, I must have bought at least five bridal magazines. We hit the ground running the old-fashioned way. Before Pinterest or any online inspiration, crafty lovers had to scour the pages of magazines creating vision boards before vision boards were even a real thing. I spent long hours hot gluing myself to favors sitting in a sea of bows, pearls, and fabric. A lot has changed since then.
I’m pretty sure ladies everywhere are still crafting away, but now with a lot more accessible inspiration. With the help of hundreds of online wedding sites providing tons of tips for the bride to be. You can decide on a theme, plan your entire wedding party’s attire, and even create a schedule to help you stay on track all the way leading up to the big day. When planning our wedding, one of the biggest struggles we had was communication. Constantly relaying information to two different families and trying to get everyone on the same page was some feat. It sucked lots of energy from my fiance and myself, and we wound up paying the price through our stress levels and poor diet. I lost an addition fifteen pounds just before my wedding and had to have my dress re-fitted twice in the last two weeks leading up to my wedding.
Of course this isn’t what I remember when I watch our wedding video, or look at our photo albums. But it was a large part of the planning process.
Everything is online these days, and wedding planning is no exception. Technology is taking over and wedding websites – with a customized domain – are a part of a new trend that helps keep all of your guests and wedding party both informed, and involved.
With the help of GoDaddy, today’s bride can create her very own wedding website that keeps all of her guests and attendants up to date on all changes made to time, dates, location. It’s a wonderful tool I wish I had at my disposal when we were planning. Coordinating seven bridesmaids and groomsmen would have been a lot easier. You can include all kinds of information on your site, including FAQ’s for your guests and really cut down on the last-minute phone calls asking whether or not it’s appropriate for someone’s date to wear white at the wedding. I’m not kidding this was a conversation with a guest at 11pm the night before my wedding. You can create a contact form to collect RSVPs, maps to help your guests navigate their way to the wedding, even post photo galleries of you and your soon-to-be spouse.
GoDaddy’s new website builder makes creating your dream wedding website a cinch. After all, this site may be the first impression your wedding guests receive. It’s often set up before the invitations have gone out, which can help get the excitement going for your big day. It’s also a great way for your wedding guests to communicate among themselves, arranging hotel rooms and such. With Go Central you can have your wedding website up and running in under an hour!
With minimalism on the rise, today’s bride is realizing that it doesn’t take a lot to make a wedding feel special. It’s the personal and meaningful details that make the moment memorable. Over the top floral arrangements and big poofy dresses are a thing of the past. A simple barn with outdoor twinkle lights and a simple and understated lace dress is enough to make the evening feel magical. Don’t go over budget or out of your way to fit some Pinterest worthy ideal.
Everyone’s a critic. Seriously, if you spend your days trying to please everyone else (family included), you will be miserable on your wedding day, and perhaps longer. This is a pattern of behavior that will not serve you well in any aspect of your life. Ask yourselves who you absolutely cannot spend this day without, and how can we include them all on our day celebrating love. While it’s important to share in this special celebration, it’s essential that you do not let the real meaning of this day get lost in all of the minutiae. Select your wedding party with your best interests at heart. You may have a friend you’ve known a really long time, but perhaps she isn’t particularly crafty, or great at planning events. The pressure of her living up to your wedding expectations or the stress of you having to perhaps pick up the slack, is enough to ruin a friendship. Make these selections for the good of the whole. Sometimes this means simplifying it, and cutting back on traditional methods. A lot of modern wedding have no wedding party at all. Don’t feel pressured to ask friends or family because it’s what you think they’ll want you to do. It isn’t doing anyone a favor, this thinking is archaic, and can cause more discord than not asking at all. It’s considered rude for anyone to assume you should ask them to be a part of your wedding party anyhow. Those that truly love and support you will not be swayed by your decisions. Listen to your heart and spend these precious moment with the people you couldn’t live without. At the end of the day, they are who will be there for you all along.
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