14 Charts From Pinterest That Will Make Planning Your Wedding So Much Easier
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Let's face it: weddings are stressful. And as fun as they are, and as exciting as it is to pin all those gorgeous wedding dresses and pictures of perfect venues on Pinterest, we often overlook the practical things that are needed to make a dream wedding happen.

Check out these helpful charts on Pinterest that will help make planning your big day a breeze:

1. A timeline flowchart

The whole idea of planning a wedding can be daunting for everyone. While this isn't super detailed, this chart lays out a high-level idea of when you should expect to do A, B and C in the planning process.

2. Registry checklist


Because let's be real—you probably won't be able to come up with everything you need on your own! Peep this handy dandy checklist to get an idea of some of the products you can ask for.

3. Questions to ask your wedding venue

Super important! The space can easily make or break your and your guests experience, and asking the right questions can help ensure you're getting the most out of your money.

4. Bouquet guide

If you're like me, you love flowers but aren't an expert florist. Getting an idea of the different types of bouquet styles is helpful so you can articulate exactly what you want to your florist.

5. Head table 101

Some head tables just include bride and groom, some seat the entire wedding party, some don't have a head table at all. There's no right or wrong way to do this, but understanding your options can help you make the best decision for your big day.

6. Guest seating

So you've got the head table down—now it's time to figure out where to seat everyone else. With so many options, pick a style that suits your venue and guest list the most.

7. First dance songs

This is tricky. Maybe you don't have a "song," or maybe if you do, it's not the best slow dance music. Regardless, check out this list of top first dance songs to get some ideas.

8. Family photo checklist

Your wedding happens only once (hopefully), so it's imperative to get all the necessary pictures with your loved ones! Work with your photographer to make sure you get all the shots you want to be able to look back on.

9. Alcohol inventory

You, of all people, probably know your family's drinking habits the best, so these estimates aren't spot-on for everyone. However, having a rough idea of how much liquor supplies you'll need will be helpful through the budgeting and reception planning process.

10. Kids or no kids?

Again, totally dependent on what you want and what you feel would be the best for your guests. This little flow chart might help you think through that decision.

11. Bridal emergency kit

You're going ALL day, so having all the necessary (and precautionary) supplies is imperative!

12. Changing your name

If you choose to change your name, it's kind of a big deal. Whether it's your driver's license or your Netflix subscription, be sure not to leave anything out with this handy list.

13. Honeymoon planning

Take some advice from wedding plan pros when figuring out your honeymoon budget, destination, activities and all the in-between details so you can kick back and enjoy your first few days of marriage.

14. Thank you note cheat sheet

With so many to write, personalizing each and every one of them can be difficult and even more time-consuming. Peep this helpful cheat sheet so you can say thanks in the best, and easiest, way.

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6 Reasons Sober Weddings Are Better Than Open Bar Receptions, For Anyone Keeping Tabs

Prepare for the party of the century.

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As anyone who has even thought about wedding planning knows, there is one question that plagues the future couple more than anything else—to open bar, or not to open bar?

Open bars are usually highly favored among guests but can leave the bride and groom with a huge financial burden. According to Cost Helper, an open bar tab can cost as much as $90 per guest, not including paying your bartenders and tipping. Yikes!

So, while it may disappoint some of my guests, no, I don't plan on having an open bar. And yes, my reception will still be the party of the decade.

SEE ALSO: If You Don't Have An Open Bar At Your Wedding, Don't Invite Me

1. I'll be saving all of that booze money for my honeymoon.

Instead of dropping literally hundreds of dollars on alcohol for my guests, I'll gladly be saving that money so that I can go to an even better all-inclusive resort with my new hubby. Maybe it's selfish, but a whole week of fun for myself is more important than one night of fun for my guests.

2. You only get one wedding, I don't intend on having drunk people ruin it.

Sure, someone getting a little too tipsy can make for a funny story years down the road, but who's not to say that someone gets way too drunk and ruins the whole day? Unfortunately, when other people drink their actions are out of your control and I would hate for one of my friends to get too drunk and really mess up my one and only big day.

3. Open bars do NOT equal a fun wedding.

Typically when I mention to people that I don't plan on having an open bar reception I get the comment "oh, so you don't want to have a fun wedding?"

Sure, an open bar can be fun, but you can just have much fun without an open bar as well. Trust me, the playlist will still be incredible and everyone is guaranteed to leave more than satisfied.

4. Everyone will be safe on their drive home.

I would never want to experience the guilt of having a loved one pass away the night of my wedding because they drank too much. Call me overly cautious, but not having an open bar is just one more way to make sure that everyone stays safe.

5. This is a wedding, not a club.

We all had our college days and early 20s to explore the party scene. And if that's still your thing when I'm getting married, awesome, but save it for the next weekend. This is a wedding that my entire family will be attending and I'd rather it not turn into an episode of "Jersey Shore."

6. Everyone will be guaranteed to remember my wedding day.

I'm not planning for months, paying thousands of dollars, and buying the most important dress of my life for people not to remember it! Sorry, not sorry.

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Sorry, But If You Propose On My Wedding Day, You're Getting Cut Off

There are 365 days in the year and you had to pick THAT one?

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I know this may sound ridiculous to some people, but I've wanted to get married since I was a little kid. I loved everything that it represented. Although I could never fully picture or dream up what my wedding would specifically look like (besides various Pinterest board ideas), I wanted that lifetime love and commitment more than anything.

It goes without saying that all of my closest friends know how important marriage is for me. Knowing my perspective on marriage is a key aspect of understanding who I am as a person. I've changed in a number of ways over the years, but that one quality has been unyielding.

Recently, I've seen countless videos on Instagram and Twitter of people proposing on someone else's wedding day. And every time I see them, I think the same thing.

There are 365 days in the year and you had to pick THAT one?

Kudos to the brides and grooms who were nice enough to allow that, but that kind of thing is not going to fly at my wedding.

All of the love and attention from friends and family should be directed towards the happy couple.

If you decide to propose on my wedding day, you: 1) never paid attention during the deep and personal conversations that we had, 2) don't know me well enough to know why it would hurt me so much, or 3) are just plain selfish. Regardless of the reason, it's an unforgivable offense.

Yes, the simple act of a proposal would ruin my wedding.

I'm only going to get married once. I only get one day for that. A day that I've been anticipating for over a decade and a half. A day that I'm going to spend thousands of dollars planning. A day that I've been hoping and praying would be perfect because I'm going to remember it for the rest of my life.

That's a pretty big deal, right?

I know that there could be meaning behind a proposal on a wedding day. The whole "wedding process" started with an engagement. The wedding is the grand finale. So by proposing on someone's wedding day, you're kind of rekindling the wedding process again. A circle of life — circle of love, so to speak.

But I don't think that's cute, ESPECIALLY if it goes against a bride's wishes. I would even call that tacky and thoughtless.

To put it simply, receiving a wedding invitation should feel like an honor. The bride and groom are allowing you to come to their ceremony. And by RSVPing, you're acknowledging that you'll show your full support and be on your best behavior.

So please show me enough respect to wait at least a day before getting on one knee.

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