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DIY Wedding Invitations: How to Make Handmade Paper Invitation Cards

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Your wedding day is a special day that you’ve probably been preparing for since you were 5 years old and had dreams of having a fairy-tale wedding. Now, as a bride, it will be your special day, and all eyes will be on you. It’s easy to feel like the pressure is overwhelming and to let the fear of messing up the best day of your life scare you into inaction. However, with proper planning, you can make it a day to remember for both you and your guests. IWED Global | The Institute of Wedding and Event Design recommends some helpful tips to nail your wedding planning. 1. Start the Planning Process Early This is something many couples get wrong. They think that because they’ve planned to have their wedding in about 2 years, they can wait for 2 years before they begin the planning process. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. The earlier you begin to plan for your wedding, the easier things are going to get as the wedding draws closer. You will also find such things as securing a venue much easier because you get to make reservations for the most competitive wedding venues early enough. Starting the planning process early enough makes sure you’re on top of things. When starting out, don’t forget to focus on what’s most important. This includes such things as an approximation of the guest list numbers, wedding budget and insurance in case things go haywire. 2. Create a Select Guest List This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to start your wedding plans early. Once you’ve got the guest list sorted out, you’re then free to go and sort out such things as the wedding venue based on factors like the cost per head for your defined guest list. The best venues will likely have the greatest cost per head, so you might have to be selective with whom you want to invite to your wedding. This can be a very difficult decision, and there will be some tough decisions to make, but you and your spouse-to-be should come together to make the decisions. It’s your special day, so you should get to decide. 3. Get the Budget Right Don't spend a dime for your wedding until you have come up with a realistic budget that won’t overstretch your finances. You should also remember to factor in every little thing that will cost money. It’s a common mistake to focus on the large expenditures and forget those minor expenses that tend to add up. You should also factor some amount into your budget for miscellaneous and unforeseen expenses, such as alterations, beauty expenses, gifts and so on. 4. Always Have Contingencies This is one of those things you naturally don’t want to think about. However, as much as we might not want them to, things can and do sometimes go wrong. It could be the catering, the weather or the venue. Whatever it is, make sure you have contingencies for the major parts of the wedding, so nothing catches you off-guard. Choose Bridesmaids Carefully Your bridesmaids will probably offer you the greatest support throughout the planning process, so make sure you choose long-term best friends or your closest relatives. Don’t go for recent friends or family members you rarely see. These could potentially let you down. Also, you want to look back at your wedding photos and be happy in the fact that you are still in touch with most of your bridesmaids.

Weddings are beautiful affairs for which some brides (and even grooms) go above and beyond to perfect. It’s a celebration of union and the binding of two people who are ready to share life’s joys and pains together. While these events are mostly a labor of love, why not go the extra mile of inviting […] Read more…