How to Properly Manage Your Wedding Expectations


Editor’s Note: I’m so pleased to be sharing this guest post by Simply Bridal.

Just about all of us have caught at least one episode of Bridezillas before. And if you’re anything like us, if there’s one thing that you found to be really unfortunate for a lot of the women on there, it’s the fact that they were so caught up in wanting to have “the perfect day” that they ended up missing some really special moments.

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And while it’s perfectly understandable that you would want your own wedding to be everything that you ever dreamed of, the reality is that sometimes your budget or unexpected events can prevent that from happening.

So, in order to help you to properly manage your own wedding expectations so that you can have enjoy what truly matters—being joined to your future husband—we wanted to provide you with a list of five things to emotionally prepare for; just in case.

Remember that you want to have money after your wedding. Even people with the best of wedding budgets find themselves breaking them if they happen to see something that they really want at the last minute. But remember that while your wedding only lasts for a few hours, it can create what feels like a lifetime of debt if you’re not careful. So, try and stick to your budget and use credit cards only in the case of a real emergency.

Remember that you can’t control the weather. Just about every bride wants their wedding day to be full of sunshine and a comfortable temperature, but sometimes the weather has other plans. If that’s the case on your special day, don’t let it deter you. The love that you and yours share will provide the warmth and glow that you need.

Remember that everything doesn’t always stay on schedule. Having a wedding that happens on time is ideal, but sometimes, that does not happen. That’s because you can’t always control what happens behind the scenes like perhaps a cranky ring bearer or a missing bridesmaids dress. Try to stick to your schedule as much as possible but remember that on your wedding day, people are coming to celebrate you. You’re worth the wait.

Remember that you are going to need to focus on being a bride, most of all. There is a temptation for a lot of brides to be the wedding planner, florist and reception decorator all at once on their wedding day but you simply can’t be everywhere at one time. Your role on your wedding day is “bride” and if you try not to multi-task, your day will go a lot smoother and your nerves will remain a lot calmer too.

Remember that so long as you, your man and the officiant are there, that’s really all that matters. People get stuck in traffic, people fall ill, people end up showing up really late. But please don’t allow that to deter you from going on with your day. We’re sure you want all of your family members and friends to witness your entire event, but at the end of the day, as long as you, your man and the officiant are present, you’re going to get married. And that’s what matters most.

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If you can get manage these kinds of expectations, trust us when we say that you’ll be happy from the beginning of your wedding day until the end of your reception.

Thank you to Shelly and the team at Simply Bridal for this great post. 🙂


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