As wedding coordinators obsessed with details and logistics, we know all about the struggle of a Type A bride. You have a clear vision, but you’re worried it won’t turn out how you imagine. Or, maybe you feel confident in the execution. You just worry that you won’t be able to enjoy yourself on the big day because you’ll be too focused on managing vendors and ensuring everything comes together!
Here at JDWC, we don’t believe having fun with the wedding planning process is just for laidback brides. In fact, your Type A instincts are the very thing that qualifies you to plan the wedding of your dreams! Today, we’re sharing our top five planning tips for brides like you so you can enjoy a worry-free engagement and unforgettable wedding day that looks just like you envisioned it.
01. BUILD YOUR VENDOR DREAM TEAM
The wedding industry is so oversaturated that it’s tempting to settle for the first vendors you come across, or even worse – the cheapest. Don’t do it!
As a Type A bride, we know you care about the little details of your wedding day and have a clear vision of how everything should look. So, it’s crucial to hire vendors whose aesthetic aligns with yours! Moreover, they should be reputable professionals who care about your needs and will communicate closely with you throughout the 12+ month process.
With the right vendors, you’ll watch as your dream wedding comes to life right before your eyes. If you know what you want your wedding day to look and feel like, you’ll know when you find the right vendors to deliver it. Trust your instincts!
02. INVEST IN A WEDDING COORDINATOR
Maybe we’re biased, but we’re firm believers in the magic of wedding coordination! So many brides assume they need a full-service planner, but just because the option exists doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.
If you need someone to help you execute your wedding vision but feel confident undertaking most planning tasks (hello, organized queen!), you don’t need a full-service planner. You need a wedding coordinator!
Brides who invest in the JDWC experience receive our help with the logistical side of planning in the months leading up to the big day. We ensure all design and decor elements are accounted for, draft timelines and ceremony processionals, and assist with vendor communication to ensure all the pieces they’ve carefully planned fall into place. Then, on the day of, we run the show while our brides and their loved ones enjoy every minute to the fullest!
03. IDENTIFY YOUR PRIORITIES + INVEST IN THEM
For most brides, one element of the wedding day matters more to them than the rest. For some, it’s over-the-top florals, a live band, or dreamy tablescapes with textured linens, elegant chargers, and custom-designed paper goods. It doesn’t mean the other elements are unimportant, but that one aspect of the day is central to their vision!
If you don’t know what that is for you, think through which aspect of the wedding day you’d be most disappointed to give up. Is it gourmet food? Live music? Something to make the guest experience extra special, like welcome bags or a coffee bar or? That’s the element you should invest the most effort and, in many cases, the most budget into planning (apart from your venue).
There’s no need to make the planning process more stressful than it has to be. You’ll feel the most satisfied and wow your guests when you identify and invest in your top priorities!
04. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
As a Type A bride, it’s easy to get swept up in planning obligations and to neglect self-care. But the last thing you want is to not feel your best headed into one of the most important days of your life!
Make time for you in the week leading up to your big day. You probably already have a mani-pedi scheduled, so why not make appointments for a massage and a facial, too?
Moreover, you can use this time to reconnect with your partner without the pressure of wedding planning hanging over you. Book a date night at your favorite restaurant, or stay in and order your favorite take-out! Then, spend the evening enjoying quality time and anticipating this exciting new chapter in your life together.
05. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN
Lastly, remember that planning your wedding should be fun! So many brides believe wedding planning is something to dread rather than look forward to because of horror stories from loved ones or even the wedding industry itself. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
We know it’s easier said than done for a Type A bride, but the secret is: don’t sweat the small stuff. There WILL be things that go slightly awry or are out of your control, both during the planning process and on the day itself. When they do, try to take it in stride and avoid panicking—chances are, none of your guests will even notice!
We know that mishaps like not getting the exact décor you wanted can be very frustrating, but they aren’t worthy of spoiling your special day. Take a deep breath and trust that your wedding coordinator will work things out behind the scenes (that’s why we’re there!).
SAY GOODBYE TO WEDDING STRESS
If you’re a Type A bride, we hope these tips help you manage wedding planning! The most important things to remember are to enjoy yourself along the way and invest in a wedding coordinator so you have expert help with bringing your vision to life. With over 30 years of combined industry experience, the JDWC team is ready to join forces with you to execute all your perfectly laid plans! We’ll ensure your wedding day is smooth and enjoyable so you can focus on what truly matters.
The JDWC Team
Image Credit: Foreground Design Studio