You have decided to take the next step in your relationship: marriage. This is an exciting time in your life, but it can also be an extremely stressful period. There is an immense amount of effort that goes into wedding planning, making it more of a puzzle than a plan. As such, it is not a task to undertake by oneself. It is, then, a wonderful time to employ the assistance of those around you, thus making it an opportunity to strengthen relationships with your family, as well as your in-laws to be.
For most brides, the first wedding purchase they want to make is their dress. This is a great time to call together all of the women in both families for a day out together. Start the day by meeting for breakfast, where you can initiate conversation about the wedding dresses worn by others in the family. Effortlessly, this will lead into an intriguing discussion of the history of both families. In addition, this is a great place to talk about what you want in a dress and show everyone examples of the gowns you like. Then, when you move on to the dress shop, everyone is aware of your preferences and you of theirs. Together, you can make a decision about the perfect dress. The dress is then not only significant for the obvious reasons, but is also a memento of this time you spent bonding with your existing and new family members.
Selecting the menu and cake for the wedding is a wonderful opportunity to call all the available family members into action. In doing this, you will make a major task into a small chore. Again, you can discuss the preferences of all those present and make a decision that will satisfy all of the wedding attendees. Additionally, this is a time when seemingly menial conversation can lend itself to major relationship building.
As for the other, smaller wedding planning needs, you can discuss these at a family dinner. Through discussion of the tasks to be completed, from booking a venue to purchasing flowers, the knowledge and opinions of others can be invaluable. Also, many times, you will find that a member or members of your existing or new family have relationships with individuals that can provide your wedding goods and services at a discounted rate. As such, this dinner serves multiple purposes; it alleviates the stress of planning everything yourself, shows your passion for a family-oriented wedding, builds family relationships and saves you time and money.
In taking this approach to wedding planning, you can create a beautiful wedding that will be enjoyed by all. The time you spend with your old and new family members during this time will create memories that will last a lifetime. The benefits of planning a wedding as a family are innumerable. You should certainly consider these options for turning your wedding planning from puzzle to possible.