For the past four years, I have run lovebus events & design, a boutique event planning company that specializes in wedding planning for LGBT couples. Since founding lovebus, I have been involved in the planning of over 20 weddings. During this time, I’ve learned a lot from the couples that let me be part of their special day. Whether your budget is $1,000 or $100,000, here are five lessons that every couple should remember:
- Don’t go broke. You can have a fun, special and unique wedding without breaking the bank. Plan a wedding that you and your partner can ACTUALLY afford. Set a budget and stick to it.
- It’s just one day. Your wedding day will be one of many important days in your life — along with graduating from college, the birth of your child, and buying your first house. More important than planning your wedding is planning your life together as a couple.
- Know when to let go. This is one of the first things I tell my couples. Some things are out of your control. The food might be cold, the DJ might play the Chicken Dance even though it was on your “do not play” list, and your uncle will give an embarrassing toast. Even if all of that happens, at the end of the night, you will still be married!
- Thank your guests and your vendors. Guests have taken time out of their busy lives to celebrate you and your relationship. Be appreciative of their time: send a thank you note. Thank your vendors if they did a great job, and consider tipping if you received outstanding service.
- Have fun!