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Getting engaged and planning a wedding can be an exciting time in your life, but it can also be very stressful. There are plenty of things you need to reserve, buy and simply plan for your wedding, and it is possible that you may forget a few things along the way.

When it comes to planning your wedding, you are going to receive a lot of advice. You can use some of the advice you receive or ignore some of the advice you receive. Either way, there are some things you absolutely need to know when planning your wedding, and the following are five of those things.

1. Stick to your budget.

Before you can even begin to plan a wedding, you need to create a budget that both you and your soon to be spouse agree with. If you are not on the same page about the budget, it will only cause problems during the planning. Once you have set a budget, it’s also very important that you stick to it. Telling yourself it’s okay to spend a little more on certain things will just be the tipping point for you spiraling out of control. Eventually you’ll continue to spend a little more on everything, and your entire wedding budget will be blown.

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2. Know how to handle difficult relatives.

You need to remember that this wedding is yours, so it’s important that you do your wedding your way. Unfortunately, you are going to have input from every family member. You will have a mother that wants a certain color or a mother in law that wants certain treatment. Everyone will have his or her opinions, but it’s important that you simply learn to smile and say thank you, and then continue to plan your wedding your way. This is a big event in your life, so it’s important to make it memorable for you. If you have a difficult family member, you can also have a conversation with them and let them know that while you appreciate their input, they need to remember it’s your wedding.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and there is no need to feel like you have to do it all yourself. If you want to refrain from becoming bridezilla, it’s best that you ask for help. Have your bridal party come over and help you put together the centerpieces. Ask your fiancé to be responsible for paying one of the vendors or choosing the menu. The more you allow others to help you out during the planning, the less stressful it will be. And remember that hiring a wedding planner might well help you save money and more than this save you from stress… which is PRICELESS.

4. Remember that some things are out of your control.

You want your wedding to be perfect—that’s understandable. But you also have to remember that you can’t control everything that happens on the day of your wedding. For example, you are not going to be able to control the weather, so while you may want sunny skies, it’s important to be prepared for storms too. You also can’t control what happens at your wedding, so if your third cousin gets so drunk she starts making out with your spouse’s brother, you just need to let it happen.

5. Decide which traditions you will use.

There are certain wedding traditions that have been used for years, and many brides and grooms continue to use these same traditions today. However, some brides and grooms are doing away with the traditions and creating their own unique take on their nuptials. It’s very important that you and your fiancé discuss which traditions you are going to use, if any. For example, if you’re both from different religious backgrounds, you’ll have to decide which traditions you will use or if you will combine them. Talk openly and honestly about your desires, and don’t forget that you will have to compromise.

Guest Author: Meyling Lau is a freelance writer with a creative ability to combine personal experience and research into entertaining, educational articles on a wide range of topics