11. Decide what kind of planner you want
That is, a human one or a notebook one. Hiring a professional wedding planner can save you a lot of time and stress, but it may not be in your budget. If you’re planning a smaller gathering, a paper planner could work just as efficiently. (This is what wedding planners won’t tell you.)
12. Find the perfect photographer
The flowers will wither. The cake will be eaten. The only parts of your wedding that will actually last as long as your marriage are the wedding bands and the photos. Make sure you hire the right person to preserve those memories, and it wouldn’t help to use these tricks to look better in photos.
13. Browse wedding magazines
Hitting a wedding planning roadblock? Overwhelmed by suggestions? Browsing through wedding magazines and blogs can help remedy that feeling. Between folding pages and bookmarking websites, you’ll find creative ways to plan a memorable day without breaking bank.
14. Register. Soon.
Your guests will be thankful, not annoyed, that you started a gift registry a good chunk of time before the rapidly approaching festivities, including your engagement party. The sooner you register, the more time they have to plan their gifts, store bought or homemade.
Do your best to avoid any unnecessary stress. You don’t want anyone cracking Bridezilla jokes, right? Some days will feel completely overwhelming, and that’s totally normal. When this happens, take a walk, grab a latte, and take a step back from your situation. Put into perspective, a few months of crazy is worth the lifetime of memories you’ll make on your wedding day.