How to Plan Your Wedding Stress Free

Even though a wedding is one of the happiest times of your life, the planning process can really suck any fun out of the big day if it’s filled with anxiety and stress. No matter what size wedding you are planning or how many people are on the guest list, there are countless details that could become overwhelming if you’re not careful. While there might always be a slight element of nerves or stress – getting a head start on planning and staying organized are two essential ways to keep the anxiety to minimum levels.

Here are a couple tips to use to plan your wedding stress free:

  • Start out with a budget. Before you even get started, give yourself a budget on everything – if you don’t, you will have no idea what you can afford or not. Allow some flexibility with the budget, too. Not everything goes as planned, so you want to be able to scale back or splurge on different areas of the wedding as you go. Don’t let the finances put a damper on your big day – talk it out with your fiancé before you start planning.
  • Set boundaries. Family drama is often one of the leading causes of stress and anxiety before a wedding. In some cases, a parent or relative paying for a portion of the wedding means they can have input on your dress, details or venue – soon you will have no say on your own wedding! While advice can be welcomed, set boundaries before planning starts to avoid demands from ruining your wedding.

Set up a timeline of things you want to have done each month in the process – you can also find great tools online and at bookstores for tracking budgets, vendor information and countdowns. Staying organized each step of the way will allow you to enjoy the process more as you go and keep everyone around you happy!

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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Gown Silhouette

Shopping for a wedding dress is one of the happiest – and stressful – times in the wedding planning process. You’ll find countless styles in magazines or on wedding blogs you love, but find they don’t fit or flatter your body when you try them on! Finding your perfect wedding gown silhouette is about looking for a cut and style that fits your body – understanding how a gown can fit and accentuate your body is essential when shopping for a gown. Here are some of the most common body shapes and how you can flatter any area with the right dress silhouette:

Full-Figured – Embrace your gorgeous hourglass shape and look for gowns that accentuate your curves! Mermaid and trumpet style silhouettes offer a slimming effect and complement the waist and hips. Look for a dress style with a built-in corset for even more shaping – a corset also provides support to the bust.

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Julietta by Mori Lee

Slender – If you’re tall and slender, try on wedding dresses that help define curves for a classic, feminine look. Empire waistlines are a flattering choice and draw the eye to the midsection. A basque waistline, which is v-shaped stitching around the waist, will also define the hips.

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Petite – Look for gowns that don’t overpower your petite build – simple gowns, such as a sheath or A-line silhouette, are very flattering and create the illusion of more height. Ballgowns are often not the best choice, as the added volume can overwhelm a petite frame.

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If you needed added coverage around the arms or bustline, look for dresses that come with elegant jackets, boleros or lace sleeves. Sheer fabric creates elegant coverage for arms and cleavage, and often features gorgeous beadwork or appliqué. Look for a few dresses in various silhouettes – you won’t know how they look on your body until you try them on and you might even find you love a dress you never would have considered!

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When to send out invitations and Save the Dates?

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One of the most confusing topics out there in the wedding planning process is, ‘when do I send out the invitations or save-the-date cards?’ You could ask that question many times and still find a variety of answers – but there are some general rules as to when you should put your cards in the mail. There is an ideal timeframe for each of these – you want to give guests plenty of time to make arrangements, but you don’t want to send them out too far in advance or too close to the date. Here are some tips to knowing exactly when to send the invitations and save-the-dates:
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What Colors go with What Season?

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After you become engaged, you might have an idea when you want to get married – or what your favorite colors are to use in the ceremony or reception. While you can do absolutely anything you want in your wedding – after all, it is your day! – there are some general styling tips that help you narrow down color choices depending on the season.
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Stella York coming to Diamond Bridal Gallery

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Introducing Stella York, a collection which brings dramatic elegance and Australian-inspired sophistication to your special day.

Glamorous. Sexy. Extravagant. A Stella York wedding dress is more than just a designer label. It’s an indelible mind-set — with each creation a perfect complement to a bride’s attitude, style and spirit.
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Bari Jay Bridesmaids Collection Trunk Show

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As a bride, one aspect to think about during the wedding planning process is the bridesmaid dress. Choosing the right bridesmaid dress depends on a lot – when the wedding is taking place, the wedding style or theme, and the style of your own gown. Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is sometimes stressful, as every woman will have her own opinions as to what looks good for the big day.
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Winners Bride of the Year 2013

Diamond Bridal Gallery is thrilled to announce the winners of the annual ‘Bride of the Year’ contest for 2013! Our sponsors, Palace Resorts and Ships and Trips Travel are providing stunning accommodations in beautiful Mexico, where our winner will enjoy a three-day-four-night stay at the all-inclusive destination, Palace Resorts. The second and third place winners are each receiving a $100 gift certificate for a local restaurant to use in celebration of their first anniversary.
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What to Get Your In-Laws on Your Wedding Day

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Depending on the relationship you have with the in-laws, choosing a gift for them on your wedding day can either be fun or rather stressful! Shopping around for the perfect Mother (or Father) of Bride or Groom gifts can take some time, but the important thing to remember is just to find something that is sentimental or shows what an important part of your life they are – or will become. Even if you are not especially close to the parents of the bride or groom, offering a touching gift is a great way to start the bond between families!
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