It’s that time of year, holiday lights are up and twinkling, the smell of evergreen trees are everywhere and yes, there’s Christmas music playing on many of our local radio channels. You’re engaged with a beautiful diamond on your left ring finger, so what about your wedding planning during the holiday season?

As a newly engaged bride to be, you may be stressed now that the holidays are upon us. But have no fear; the holidays are only here for a short amount of time. Chances are you’ve picked your date and hopefully have discussed ideas for the location for your wedding ceremony and reception. You may even have already asked your best friend or sister to be your Maid of Honor and your wedding party may be somewhat set. But now what do you do?

November and December are the busiest months of the year with Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations everywhere. The very best thing to do and to relieve a great deal of stress is to simply enjoy your holidays. You can jot down ideas, color schemes or any ideas you’re thinking about for your wedding to revisit in January.

Remember to take some “Me” time. This can be a trip to your gym, a visit to your favorite nail salon or even scheduling a message. But most of all take a deep breath. After all, it’s the holiday season and you want to enjoy your time with family and friends.

That’s not to say during your shopping trips and travels you shouldn’t keep an eye open for your bridesmaids or groomsmen gifts, as there are discounts everywhere this time of year. And don’t forget about items that are discounted during this holiday season you can use toward your wedding like lights, candles, containers, and vases in shades of white or metallics and linens. Your budget will thank you after the holidays, once you discover how much you saved on these gifts during the holidays.

One important note: This is not the best time to create or add to a wedding registry. Inventory is full of seasonal items, even products which have no obvious holiday theme, stores are trying to clear out. Wait under after the holidays and shelves are restocked.

You’re receiving holiday cards at this time of year like all of us are. Keep a list of these names and addresses for your wedding invitations. This works double duty as you’re actually starting your wedding invitation list and you have your guests addresses altogether. And it won’t even feel like work, after all, you’re enjoying their holiday cards and wishes.

Enjoy your holiday and the special time you spend with your family and friends. The New Year is just around the corner and all your lists and details will be there waiting for you too.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Happy Planning.

Mary Home

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