For increasing the all-around tension of at least two families, there’s nothing as effective as a wedding. You’re throwing strangers together in a situation that may be alien to all of them. You’re encouraging a clash of styles and tastes, with you and the person you love most right in the middle of it.
It seems like a situation wrought with danger, disaster, and debt. But there are ways of defeating all the monsters between you and the wedding of your dreams.
How about – organization?
Yes, the old-fashioned concept of organization can stand you in good stead. Writing everything down. Keeping detailed forms with lists of caterers, musicians, guests, tasks, things to pick up on shopping expeditions.
Organization can be better than a purple-haired, Miss-Manners-reading great aunt. When you get organized, you find yourself in control again. You know what’s going on, and you know you haven’t forgotten anything in the shuffle – like the ring, or the table and chair rental.
And the best organization comes from a genuinely complete book…
The Ultimate Wedding Planning Toolkit
This is a new book on the scene. The Ultimate Wedding Planning Toolkit gives you advice on every aspect of your wedding, from how to do an outdoors wedding to how to manage your budget, how to keep your RSVPs in order, how to keep your divorced parents in order, and how to keep your mental state in order.
How about these bits of advice:
- Keep an emergency kit at hand for last minute medical issues (Benadryl to treat those hives!) or fashion emergencies.
- If you have unruly relatives, enlist your minister or other officiant to help you maintain peace within the family using a neutral party.
- Plan your wedding budget early, and take advantage of discounts by catching venues and caterers at off-peak times.