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When it comes to planning the Seattle wedding of your dreams, there are definitely going to be some up and down moments. The good news? You aren't alone — even the most laid-back and composed bride needs a little advice and encouragement when the road to "I do" gets tough. Whether you are in need of some words of wisdom before you kick off your wedding planning or need a few last-minute ideas to help wrap everything up, two fabulous Seattle wedding planners, Pink Blossom Events and Mariah Rainier Style, are here to share their tried-and-true tips for making the most of your big day. So take a deep breath, relax, and read on — in the end, everything will be as magical as you've always imagined!

Tip 1: Plan Ahead

When there are a million items to check off your to-do list before your big day, it can be so easy to forgot the small details — like making time for family, yourself, and your spouse-to-be. Above all else, Breeanne Gale of Pink Blossom Events suggests that you plan ahead for these special, once-in-a-lifetime moments with your friends and family. She says, "It's important to finalize all wedding day details the week or two prior to your wedding as you want to allow time to rest and enjoy some time with family and friends, who may just be in town for a few days, before your big day. If you have a wedding planner, be confident in the fact that they will be finalizing all wedding day details with your vendors and ensuring that everything goes as planned."

Tip 2: Use Sentimental Upcycled Items in Your Day

Upcycling is all the rage these days, especially with the trendy explosion of vintage & green weddings, but Mariah of Mariah Rainier Style suggests that you take your upcycled wedding projects a step further by bringing in sentimental items rather than great thrift store finds alone. As she explains, "There’s something rewarding about upcycling: rethinking the way an item is used, renewing its functionality, and keeping it out of the landfill, all at the same time. Turning vintage suitcases into side tables and junked canning jars into vases is one thing, but reconfiguring items dear to your heart can add an entirely new layer to the décor of your wedding. Preserve your memories on your wedding day by adding special furniture pieces from your special family members, mom, dad, grandparents, or your great-grandparents into your wedding and reception. A family buffet table could be used for your desert and cake table; a dresser into a welcome table for guests to visit as they enter. While they may no longer be stylish or useful (remember these items can always be painted and new knobs added), it's the sentiment attached that make us hang on tight."

Tip 3: Create a Photo Checklist

You hired or will hire your photographer for lots of good reasons — you love the style of their work, you feel confident that they get your vision, they fit your budget, etc. However, as much as you may click with the person you've chosen to capture your day, they can't read your mind. To make sure you score every one of those must-have photos that you are wishing for your final photo album to include, Pink Blossom Events suggests the following: "For a smooth afternoon of photos, make sure you have a complete list of every family and bridal party photo you want. This will keep you from having to rack your brain of which photo groupings you want and will easily allow your photographer the chance to check off which photos are done and which are left to do."

Trip 4: Eat!

You may have heard this a time or two (or more likely, a million times), but your wedding day will mostly rush by a lot faster than you've anticipated. There are guests to greet, photos to take, little traditions to participate in, and more - and before you know it, you'll be riding off with the love of your life in the getaway car. With all this hustle and bustle, couples often complain that they didn't even get a chance to eat on their wedding day. Breeanne at Pink Blossom thinks that this reality is a shame and recommends a few ways to avoid starving on your big day: "Make sure you take the time to eat breakfast and lunch as you will need that fuel to power through photos, the ceremony, and mingling with all your friends and family all evening. Once dinner comes, I make sure the bride and groom are the first to eat and don't get up to talk with their guests until after they've enjoyed their meal."

Tip 5: Reuse Details from Your Day for Special Mementos

Some brides save petals from their bridal bouquet, some brides frame their wedding dress, and some may hang their thumbprint guest book on the wall, but Mariah Rainier Style wants you to get even more creative with the items you save as mementos from your wedding. And we must say, Mariah's ideas for doing just that are fabulous! She shares, "I’m a very sentimental person, so I like visual reminders of events that will bring back those cherished memories. When your wedding day is over, it's important to find ways to remember as many details of your wedding celebration as possible. I’m sure many brides are equally sentimental about preserving the memories of their wedding day, so I’ve found a few amazing ways you can save a piece of your wedding for years to come. Everyone has heard of the tradition of saving the top tier of your wedding cake to eat on your first wedding anniversary, but there are a whole bunch of pieces of your wedding that could be turned into special items in your home that won’t be reduced to crumbs. Check out Etsy, for example, because the ideas are endless. You can add a piece of lace or material from your dress to a necklace where your material will be preserved under a waterproof resin. Trash the dress photo shoots have become so very popular, but what about saving your dress to be turned into custom lingerie, a quilt, a first child's christening gown, a Christmas tree skirt, or donating it to someone else in need?"

As these two wonderful local wedding planners hint at throughout these tips, the first thing on your mind while planning should be soaking up your day — from the love you are feeling to cherishing your memories long after the wedding. Forget about the small stuff; you only get to celebrate this day once! At the end of the day, you'll be married to the love of your life. What could be more amazing than that?

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A HUGE thanks to Pink Blossom Events and Mariah Rainier Style for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their wisdom and wedding planning expertise! If you are in the market for a super talented and creative planner, you can't go wrong with either of these amazing ladies!

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