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5 Things I Learned from My Own Wedding

Planning a wedding can be equal parts thrilling and terrifying. You're picturing cake, dancing, and saying "I do," but also spreadsheets, budgets, and endless decisions. Fear not, guys! I'm here to share 5 golden nuggets I learned while planning my own low-key, budget-friendly bash.

#1 Budget Boss

Prioritise like a pro! We knew our dream home came first, so our wedding budget was snug. Start by making a guest list (ours was under 90), as this heavily influences your budget (micro-wedding vs. grand soirée). Then, list your must-haves (think stunning dress, delicious food, epic music) and categorise everything else as "nice-to-haves." Trust me, sticking to this list is your budget BFF.

#2 Grown-Up Fun

We went adults-only, and guess what? Our friends LOVED it! No diaper duty, just pure celebration. It might be a tough call, but weigh the pros and cons, and remember, happy friends make for a happier you.

#3 Golden Hour Grab

My photographer was amazing, but we missed out on precious party time due to an unplanned "golden hour" photo marathon. Discuss your photo timeline with your photographer beforehand! Decide how much time feels right for you, and don't hesitate to adjust for a perfect balance of picture-perfect moments and revelry with your loved ones.

#4 Taste Test Triumph

Don't skip the taste test! We went with a buffet-style caterer, and while it was okay, a tasting would have helped us find the perfect fit. Look for venues or caterers with tasting events, or even hit up some food trucks. Happy taste buds make happy guests!

#5 Delegate and Dance

This one's a game-changer! Even with my mega-spreadsheet and organised mind, things slipped through the cracks on the day. Hire an on-the-day coordinator! Let a pro handle the logistics, allowing you and your loved ones to relax, sip cocktails, and truly savour every moment. You can choose this add-on from us for only $1,495!

Remember, your wedding is about celebrating your love with your favourite people.

So, relax, have fun, and don't sweat the small stuff. These tips will help you navigate the planning process like a champ, ensuring your big day is everything you dreamed of (and maybe even a little more!). Now go forth, savvy brides and grooms, and create your own unforgettable love story!


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