Hey friends! Today we have some wise and practical insight and ideas from Emily – the creative director at Southern Wedding Magazine! Southern Wedding’s mission is to encourage brides to celebrate what matters most to them throughout their engagements and into newlywed life. They share a strong heartbeat for marriage, and we hope this message encourages all you engaged couples out there and helps you have a more joyful engagement! P.S. don’t miss the discount code below at the bottom of the post!
At Southern Weddings, we believe your engagement should be joyful.
At first glance, that sounds kind of obvious, right? You’re getting ready to marry the love of your life – of course you’re joyful!
But then, when you start to add up a ballooning budget, complicated family dynamics, the struggle of balancing competing opinions, our culture’s pressure for bridal perfection, and the expectations we put on ourselves for every detail of our weddings to be meaningful and beautiful — plus, well, the need to hold down a job and eat food and get some sleep every day — yes, you can see how many brides are relieved to get to the wedding day simply because it means they’re not planning a wedding anymore.
But we want so much more for you. We believe your engagement can be a joyful time of THRIVING, not just surviving, and today we’re sharing our three best tips to make it so!
1. Get wedding planning logistics handled immediately and effectively. Once you’re engaged, paperwork and information will mysteriously start to accumulate faster than butter melting on a biscuit, so figure out a way to corral it. We couldn’t recommend our Joyful Wedding Planner more. Not only is it filled with GOOD information that will help you budget, plan, dream, and prioritize effectively, it’s a 3-ring binder that allows you to clip in contracts and info from vendors along the way.
Friends, we all know there’s a lot of bad wedding planning advice out there, and when we wrote our planner we specifically filled it with the tips and tricks we’ve learned from 10+ years in the industry and everything we’d tell our own sisters, cousins, and best friends. You can purchase your copy in our shop >>here<<
2. Ruthlessly prioritize what’s most meaningful to you. And the key second part: strip away everything else! Is the most meaningful thing to you celebrating with your huge group of best friends? Ruthlessly strip away details so that you can afford to feed them all. Is the most meaningful thing to you a ceremony that demonstrates the love of Christ? Craft every detail with that in mind and don’t compromise. If you can determine your priorities and write them down in black and white, it will become very clear what you should and should not spend your time and money on, increasing your joy significantly. Our Planner helps with this, too 🙂
3. Don’t forget about your relationship. Even if you’ve narrowed the scope of wedding planning down to only what’s most meaningful to you both, it still shouldn’t take up every free minute you have! Keep up regular date nights (free ones, like hiking, a downtown stroll, or an at-home movie night, are totally acceptable!), establish one day of the week where wedding planning talk is banned, and make time for premarital prep! The rhythms you begin during your engagement will create your foundation for married life, so do your best to make them good ones.
We’re thrilled to offer y’all 25% off the Joyful Wedding Planner and everything else in our Shop through July 31, 2017 with code BEATING50.
You can check out some of our other products while you’re there: Journals, Wedding guest book, magazines And do come hang out with us on our site and Instagram, where we share joyful wedding inspiration day in and day out!
Photos by: Tanja Lippert