Are you getting married in 2019? Congratulations! That’s something exciting to look forward to in the coming year. Before you say “I do” to that special someone, make sure you listen to this advice. You can’t get this time back as a couple, so don’t waste it by focusing too much on the small things.

Your time together is precious. Enjoy your engagement while it lasts so you can prepare for your big day. Your wedding day is going to be one of the biggest days of your life. Let’s make sure it’s one to remember.

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Hire a Wedding Planner

First, consider hiring a wedding planner. Even if you can’t afford a planner, a day-of-coordination manager can assist with the scheduling on your wedding day so you can focus on having the time of your life. Planning a wedding is hard work. Basically, it’s a full-time job. You need to coordinate the vendors, the venue, the outfit changes, and all of the little details. You don’t need that stress going up to your big day.

While wedding costs are at an average of $33,000 a year, you can’t overlook the price of a planner. The peace of mind alone is worth the extra expense, plus it means having more time to actually enjoy your engagement without having to make last-minute phone calls and plan every second of your big day.

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Start with the Dress

If you’re overwhelmed with the planning and style process, start with the dress. Choosing your wedding dress is a big decision, and once it’s made you’ll have a much better time figuring out where to take the style of your wedding party. Review the latest wedding dress trends for 2019 to know what to look for when you go dress shopping.

The earlier you say yes to the dress, the more options you’ll have for finding the right outfits for your bridal party as well. These can take longer since you need to coordinate a group of girls, and these dresses will also need to be altered. The more time you have, the better. Junior bridesmaid dresses that compliment the others look perfect on everyone.

Longer Engagements

This year, we’re looking forward to seeing more longer engagements. No longer are couples rushing to the alter. There’s a lot to gain from waiting to say “I do.” Couples today want to take their time with their wedding planning to cut down on stress, and that’s something we can all support.

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Forget the Trends

Finally, it’s important for couples this year to focus on what they want out of their wedding. In the past, there’s been a lot of pressure to scroll endlessly through Pinterest for the perfect wedding inspiration and trends, but these are no longer the norm.

Today, couples want to create an experience that feels right to them, whether it’s trendy or not. Classic styles are coming back into fashion, and couples are making something unique and timeless for their special days.

If you’re getting married this upcoming year, don’t forget to enjoy this magical time. It’s easy to get lost in the planning, but remember this is the time to celebrate your relationship. You and your special someone are about to start an exciting chapter in your lives.