Getting engaged is one of the happiest moments of your life. You’re overcome with feelings of joy and excitement, and you feel like nothing can break your spirit. Well nothing except for moving. If you and your partner are moving while simultaneously planning your wedding, you can feel overwhelmed and stressed to the max. Take a deep breath and follow some tips to help you execute a successful move while planning a wedding and get back to those feelings of joy and excitement.
Don’t Overestimate the Power of a Budget
Before you start looking up houses or wedding venues, you and your partner should set a budget for moving and for the wedding. While family members may be helping you pay for your wedding, you could still end up spending some of your own money. Once you set the budgets, be sure to stick to them.
Setting a budget prevents you from looking at options you can’t afford, which not only gives you unrealistic expectations, but also makes affordable options seem less appealing. You don’t want to tour houses that are $50,000 out of your price range, and you don’t want to try on dresses that are half your wedding budget. Don’t start looking at the top of your budget; it’s best to start looking at the bottom of your price range and work your way up if you need to.
Make Well Thought Out and Wise Decisions
Making a hurried or unwise decision can cost you more money and time in the long run. Take the time to make well thought out and wise decisions when shopping around for houses and wedding suppliers. There are deal breakers you should be aware of when house hunting. For example, any home with signs of water damage or mold should be crossed of your list. Also, a house that’s zoned in a bad school district isn’t just going to affect your kid’s education; it can also affect the resale value of your home.
When choosing suppliers, don’t make your decision based solely on who gives you the cheapest quote. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to wedding suppliers, and you want someone with quality products who’s reliable. Be sure to get recommendations, and always meet with a supplier and ask to see their work in person. Find suppliers that work with your style, personality, and budget.
Leave it to the Professionals
Once you get your finances squared away, you’ll know how much room is in the budget for hiring professionals. Working with professional movers can help ease some of the stress and physical burdens of the moving process. They can handle some the packing and unpacking, as well as the loading and unloading of the moving truck. Since they’ll handle the logistics of moving, you can put more focus on your wedding.
Wedding planners are experts in the wedding-planning business and help the bride-to-be with every last detail while ensuring disasters are avoided. If you can’t afford a wedding planner for the entire engagement, consider a week-of or day-of planner. You can also ask a trusted friend or family member who loves to lend a hand and has good organizational skills.
Checklists and Timelines are Vital
Moving and weddings both require a lot of planning and steps. Create checklists and timelines to help you stay focused, calm, and on schedule. A moving checklist and timeline should include when to contact professional movers, when to start packing, whom to contact about a change of address and when (doctors, insurance, etc.), what to pack first, and more. A wedding checklist and timeline should include when to send invitations, when to start researching vendors, when to book your venue, and more.
A lot of preparation goes into moving and into wedding planning. Both events are major life transitions that can simultaneously bring excitement and stress. Trying to tackle both at once can lead to more stress than excitement if you aren’t careful. Be sure to set a budget and stick to it. Also, make each decision carefully and thoughtfully, and hire professional help when necessary. Solid checklists and timelines are keys to successful planning. Following these tips ensures you handle everything one step at time with poise, so you and your partner can move in and tie the knot with minimal stress.