Wedding Rules You Should Actually Follow

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I love creative, alternative weddings that really represent the couple. Weddings should be special and individualized. I am sure there are many traditional rules you’d like to toss to keep your wedding true to you. However, there are some rules that shouldn’t be broken!

Set a Budget and Stick to it

Decide on a budget that you’re comfortable with and can afford. Most couples use credit cards to pay for their wedding, but if you need some assistance, try a personal loan. This way you’ll have a specific amount you have to stick to and it’ll be easier to pay monthly payments for budgeting after the wedding.

Take Care of Your Vendors

Vendors work hard to make sure your day is nothing short of amazing. Treat them well! Weddings are long, so be sure to provide them with a free meal and tip appropriately. Professionalism is key. If you’re really pleased with their work, writing a thank you card or leaving a positive review on their site goes a long way.

Be Aware of Your Bridal Party Budget

The average bridesmaid budget is over a thousand dollars! From the dress, shoes, hair, makeup, bridal shower, bachelorette party - weddings are expensive, even for the bridesmaids! It’s important to be conscientious of this this when deciding on your bridesmaid dresses and help cover costs whenever you can. They’re your best friends, after all!

Make it Easy for Your Guests to RSVP

When sending out invites, include postage. If you decide to go the digital route, you need to provide some guidance. Some people might not be as tech-savvy (like grandparents) so include an insert on how to RSVP on the save-the-date cards you mail out. If you have a wedding website, include the instructions there.

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Don’t Compare or Compete with Your Friends’ Weddings

It’s hard not to compare your wedding to thousands of others on Pinterest or maybe even another bride that’s having a wedding close to yours. But just don’t. Your wedding is not a contest. Your wedding will be special in its own way. It just needs to be honest and authentic. Don’t let comparison be the thief of your joy. If you’re still not sure, re-read this.

Do Send Thank You Cards

It’s the right thing to do. For anyone that went above and beyond, for those who gave you a wedding-related gift, etc. A thank you card will be appreciated and make you memorable. Especially if you ever need another photographer, caterer, or DJ for any future events!


If you’re unsure of whether to send someone a save-the-date card, know that you’ll have to invite them to the wedding no matter what. Similarly, if you invite someone to a pre-wedding party, shower, or bachelorette party, the right thing to do it also invite them to your big day. This way you’ll avoid hurting someone’s feelings and avoid the unnecessary tension.

Have Fun!

This is the most important rule! The big day is finally here and it’s YOUR day. Dance the night away, drink champagne, eat cake, and take lots of memorable photos with your family and friends. Take it all in and cherish your wedding.

For more tips, check out mistakes not to make at your wedding.

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