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Planning a wedding for 2024 can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience as there is so much wedding content and inspiration available. It’s important to guide yourselves with the best wedding advice that ensures a memorable and meaningful celebration. Below I share five essential tips to help you plan your 2024 wedding, ensuring your special day reflects your unique style and values.
1. Be Discerning by Seeking Expert Advice
In a digital age overflowing with opinions, it’s crucial to be discerning about the sources you trust for wedding advice. It’s amazing that brides and sisters of the bride can hop on social media and share their advice and many times they can give awesome tips. That said, their experience is limited to just their (most likely) singular experience. Their budgets, logistics, and preferences may be incredibly different than yours and they may unintentionally give misleading advice for your situation because of that. I’ve also seen completely wrong information shared by brides on social media because they simply do not understand the inner workings of the industry and what goes on behind the scenes of a wedding.
As an industry professional with a decade of experience, I’ve written a wedding planning book packed with expert advice on planning a wedding with photography in mind. Additionally, I have a YouTube channel where I share valuable insights in over 200 free videos. Tap into these resources to access reliable information that caters to a general audience.
2. Avoid Being Too Drawn to Trends
Trends come and go, and it’s easy to get caught up in the allure of what’s popular right now. For example, the current blurry photos trend might seem captivating, but pause and ask yourself if it genuinely aligns with your vision and style. Instead, focus on timeless elements that truly resonate with you as a couple. If that happens to be something that’s currently trendy, then go for it!
3. Prioritize Sustainability
In recent years, the focus on sustainability has increased significantly. Make conscious choices that reduce the environmental impact of your wedding. Consider eco-friendly venues, minimize waste, opt for locally sourced or seasonal foods, and explore sustainable decor options. By incorporating green practices into your celebration, you’ll not only contribute to a better planet but also inspire your guests to do the same.
4. Personalize Your Wedding
Make your wedding a genuine reflection of your history as a couple and your individual personalities. Infuse personal touches into any or every element, from the invitations to the ceremony and reception. Write meaningful ceremony vows, design a reception that feels authentic and not a carbon copy of Pinterest, and sprinkle in small motifs that showcase your unique style. Your guests will appreciate the heartfelt effort, and it will make your wedding a truly unforgettable experience.
5. Focus on Your Emotional Experiences
During the whirlwind of planning, remember that your wedding is ultimately about celebrating the love between you and your partner. Don’t lose sight of the emotional connection that brought you together in the first place. Take time to connect if things start to feel too logistical during wedding planning.
For the wedding day, you can also prioritize experiences over material aspects. Even for couples with large budgets, there are many whose decor doesn’t necessarily look grand because they’ve invested a lot of their budget into excursions or performances for their guests. This makes it feel like an immersive experience based on emotions more so than a visual one that’s just pretty.