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Plan ahead with these 5 pro planning tips!

Someone once told me that wedding planning can be stressful (insert crying laughing emoji here). We get it, we love taking that stress away from you but there are some things that YOU can do to eliminate stress leading up to your big day.

Write Thank You notes as gifts come in

DO THIS! It may seem simple but in my opinion, there is nothing worse than trying to remember what Uncle Bill bought you five months ago for your wedding. Luckily the way registries are now most gifts just get sent to your house, which gives you a perfect opportunity to send a thank you card and be done with it. Just have a stack of Thank You cards out and available and get to writing.

Use a system and stick with it

Whether you are tracking RSVPs on Excel or your planner is helping you stay on track with a planning software, stick with it. Do not have information in five different places. Google Docs are great for helping you keep things in one place and super organized. They are also easy to edit and share. So if you are planning on your own, without a professional, we think this is a great way to go.

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Let your other half share some of the “stress”

Do not feel like you are in this alone. You are marrying an actual person, right? Let them help! Have them take over a couple of tasks that maybe are not extremely important to you. That way if they are not done exactly the way you would have done it no harm.

Do not save the DIY party until the month before

If you are DIYing any part of your wedding décor. Get it done early, like super early. I think it is best to have these things completed at least 4-5 months before the big day. This way if they do not turn out great you still have the option to hire out or try again.

Add gratuities into your budget early on

Yes, you should tip your vendors. This way you aren’t stressing about this on your wedding day! Many final payments are due in that final month before your wedding, you will be writing checks like crazy. You will also be realizing all of the other little things you need, bathroom toiletries, wedding party gifts, comfortable but cute shoes after your heels murder your feet, etc. So do not add one more thing to that list when you already feel like money is pouring out of you. If your budget includes gratuities you will feel like such a rockstar handing out those thank you cards to all of your vendors at the end of the night!

The theme here is just to plan ahead. Do not save things for the final months before your wedding. Make a to-do list and start checking things off. And if you are overwhelmed and feeling to busy to plan your perfect wedding day then bring in the professionals and just enjoy the process!

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This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Kayla McCaul, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer. She owns CK Events and Locally Sourced NW