When couples get married, it is very easy to get caught up in the small details and find yourself losing sight of the bigger picture. It is typical that most brides feel overwhelmed by the number of choices for everything from dresses to cakes and venues and change their minds on a weekly basis. Here are some pointers on how to stay grounded and ensure that you have a wedding that you will look back on and remember as the one you always dreamed of.

Remember the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Your wedding day will be captured in countless photos and you don’t want to look back on them and regret the decisions you made. It’s easy to choose something because it is in style now, is trendy or seems like the right thing to do. However, think about what you like and stick to it. Do what makes you happy and what makes you feel good. After all, it is YOUR day.

Don’t style your wedding after someone else’s. It isn’t a competition, but instead, a very personal experience. A lot of brides attend the weddings of their friends and then feel obligated (often subconsciously) to outdo one another. Everyone has a different budget, unique tastes and each experience should be different, personal and reflective of the relationship of the couple.

It is always nice to listen to what other people have to say in reference to your dress, the food, cake, etc. Maybe you love chocolate but everyone in your family is allergic so you consider getting a vanilla cake (which you hate). Taking advice from friends, family, bridal magazines, etc. is not a bad idea but going with your instincts will guarantee that you will achieve the results you want and won’t have any regrets.

This is your day and it is meant to be for you and your future husband. At the end of the day, you will be starting your new life together and that is all that matters. Everything else is irrelevant.