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Guest Blog From Simply Bridial

For this months blog I am going to feature a guest blog from "Simply Bridal" they are a online based company that have tons of options for your wedding needs. Check them out here.  Here is the guest blog from "Simply Bridal". All images used are from weddings I photographed.

There are a lot of married couples, wedding planners and even relationship therapists who will tell you that if you want to understand how you and your partner will deal with stressful situations in the future, pay attention to how you handle the wedding planning process.
And while it’s pretty safe to say that even the best communicators will have some tense times as they’re getting all of their details together, the reality is that you don’t have to have a scene of War of the Roses in order to get everything taken care of.
So, in the effort to make sure that you and your beloved are able to get through the wedding planning process virtually unscathed, we’ve provided you with five tips for how to avoid wedding planning stress below:

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Invest in a wedding planner. One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of couples make is assuming that they can handle all of the wedding details themselves. Then, when they see all of the details that are involved, they find themselves getting overwhelmed. Although you might think that a wedding planner is not something that you can afford, it’s actually one of the best investments that you can make because they have the skills and abilities to organize your wedding, get you discounts with vendors and make sure that your wedding (and reception) happens smoothly. So please, do yourself a big favor and hire a wedding planner.

Don’t procrastinate. A lot of times, you end up spending more money than you would like (or not getting the things that you want) simply because you waited too long. When it comes to things like booking a wedding and reception venue, contacting your bridal party about their attire and ordering flowers and a cake, the sooner you do it, the better. So definitely make sure not to procrastinate.
Communicate clearly. Whether it’s with your fiancé, your wedding planner, your family members or the vendors that you are working with, one thing that you don’t want to do is assume that you both are on the same page. That’s why it’s so important that you make sure everyone is communicating clearly. When it comes to your fiancé, it’s essential that you both talk out your expectations and feelings and repeat back what has been said to one another, when necessary. When it comes to everyone else, it doesn’t hurt to follow up phone calls with a short email; just so that what has been conveyed is documented.
Keep your fiancé in the loop. Speaking of your fiancé, nothing will get under his skin more than to be told that you purchased something that is going to cost a few hundred more dollars or that you decided to change the menu for the reception or the flavor of the cake without discussing it with him first. Remember, contrary to popular belief, it’s not just “your day”; it’s his day too. Therefore, respect his feelings enough to keep him in the loop.
Use cash as much as possible (seriously). Although your wedding day should be all that you ever dreamed of, we’re pretty sure that you want to be able to pay your mortgage and other bills following your wedding day. That’s why you should put forth a concerted amount of effort to avoid impulsive spending. Also, try and use cash as much as possible. Credit cards are loans that come with interest. You don’t want to spend years paying off bills that you accumulated for one day.

If you stick to all of these tips, we are confident that while your wedding planning may have moments of pressure, everything should be able to go off without a hitch overall!

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