Planning a Shotgun Wedding

posted on 16 October 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice

A Shoutgun Wedding

First of all: Congratulations! Babies are wonderful and weddings are wonderful and while experiencing both simultaneously is going to be a little overwhelming, you are sure to look back on it all with a smile on your face.

Secondly: Yes – this can be done.

Here are some tips to help you make sure that it all goes smoothly.

1. Try to keep stress to a minimum

Stress is bad for you and for baby, so try to steer clear of too much drama if you can. The best way to keep yourself calm is to acknowledge that you are going to need help, and then ask for it. Friends, siblings, moms, dads and aunties and uncles are all there for you to help with whatever needs doing.

2. Assign a Wedding Planner

If an actual wedding planner is not in your budget, ask someone else to take the reins. Your mom, your sister or your maid-of-honour might be good choices. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be “in charge” – it just means that they will be there to take the pressure off and to deal with any issues if and when they arise. Do keep in mind though that a “real” wedding planner will save you a lot of time (and possibly even money) as they already know exactly what needs to be done and they won’t simply be figuring it out along the way while still juggling the ins-and-outs of their own lives.

3. Remember the Bump

When choosing your dress, make sure that there is going to be room for if your stomach suddenly expands. Sometimes preggie tummies go from flat to round seemingly overnight. A dress that is fitted under the breasts and then flows freely might be the best option.

4. Make a Checklist

Being able to check things off of your checklist will help keep you focused and will let you have a good idea of what still needs to be done. Keeping it all in your head is too overwhelming!

Here are a couple of items for your list.

  • Wedding Party
  • Guest List
  • Wedding Date
  • Venue
  • Invitations
  • Officiant
  • Flowers
  • Confetti
  • Photographer
  • Entertainment
  • Caterers
  • Cake
  • Your Dress and Shoes
  • Bridesmaids Dresses
  • Groom’s Attire
  • Groomsmen’s Attire
  • Hair & Make-up
  • Rings

Happy Wedding Planning!
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