Wedding season is almost here! Many of the venues we insure are already booked for the 2014 season. So if have found your perfect wedding location, whether it is in a church, your backyard or perhaps a destination wedding, your ready to move on to the next step in the planning process. I have scoured the internet, (not to mention I have been married twice.... they say the third time is a charm though), and have the top wedding planning tips from brides, wedding planners, bridal guides and yes even insurance carriers!
1) Take your time: Start your planning plenty of time in advance. Some brides start planning their weddings in childhood, but if you haven't started it is best to give yourself more than 1 year .. some experts say 16 months is best. Once the day finally arrives, take a deep breath and enjoy each moment - slow down and live in the present, don't think about the past or the future enjoy the here and now!
2)Prioritize: Figure out as a couple, what is most important to you. Having the best photographer or the best DJ? Once you have the priorities laid out you can allow concessions on the less important items. Be flexible and most importantly remember to have fun... make that priority number 1!
3)Don't Stress: This is your day - accept that you can't please everyone and don't stress over it. You can't make everyone happy and trying will only make things worse. Just do what feels right to you. This is your day - make it all about YOU!
4)Be A Team: You are entering into a partnership - hopefully you are already partners just making it official. The planning process should be a partnership as well. Friends and family will for certain have plenty of advice to offer about wedding planning. It is best to discuss all decisions with your partner and go with your heart. If you do it will be a very memorable moment for the both of you.
5) Eat, Drink and Be Merry: When the wedding day finally arrives couples are often so excited and busy with the planning process that they forget to eat something. Please start the day with a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water throughout the day and have a few snacks to keep energy up throughout the day. Not eating will make you tired, cranky, and hungry!
6) Finish Your To-Do List: The sooner you can get all the little things checked off your list the better. If you don't have a wedding planner, some people suggest actually hiring someone for just the one day - to make sure everything goes according to plan and then you don't have to worry about it. You can relax and enjoy the day - and enjoy all the hard work that you put into the day.
7) Be Prepared: I can't stress enough to be sure you have liability protection in place for you and your husband personally. Trust me - if a guest slips and falls at the venue they will sue the venue but they will sue you as well. Don't think for a moment because everyone is friends and family it won't happen.
If you are serving alcohol at the party - even if you hire someone to provide it - you should have liquor liability protection as well. If someone decides to drink and drive and gets in an accident it could and probably will come back to haunt you.
I am not just trying to sell you something either. This coverage is very inexpensive and you may already have the coverage. For more information on Wedding Insurance please visit our Wedding Insurance page on our website by clicking here.
LASTLY: Remember this is a day about love. Kiss each other as much as possible. Take time to enjoy each others company. Celebrate your love and let your friends and family celebrate it too. Don't sweat the small stuff and enjoy your day.
Wishing you a spectacular event and many years of happiness as you grow old together.
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