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Are you getting married in January or February? Or even in early March of next year? If you're a post-holiday bride, now is the time to wrap up all those little details that are going to sneak up.
It's not just that you have to know how much money you're going to need for your wedding so that you don't spend it during the holidays, but you also have to finish up all those little to-dos that your wedding planner has been bugging you about. If you're a DIY bride, it's imperative that you have your entire wedding finished ahead of the holiday rush because you aren't going to be able to talk to your vendors very much between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. For five weeks, wedding and event planners and all of the other vendors who are servicing your wedding are slammed with other holiday weddings, holiday parties and other major events. (Plus, they want to celebrate the holidays with their families, too!)
If you want to guarantee yourself a Bridezilla label, go ahead and demand services from your planner or a vendor on a holiday weekend. But instead of expecting your wedding vendors to be available to answer your questions the last week of December, make a list of everything left to do and get it done before December 15th.
If there's anything that cannot be completed until after the holidays, make a very short specific list of those items. Dinner orders, for example, might not be due until a few weeks before your wedding and you may not have received all the RSVPs yet with the information. But most things can be finished completely ahead of time.
You may stress out a bit getting everything done while you're also shopping for the holidays, but you won't regret having it all finished when you'd rather be sipping eggnog than figuring out the seating for your placecard chart on Christmas Eve.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.