Hi, everyone! In case you missed it, last week I announced that I鈥檓 going to be聽the Guest Editor of Brit + Co for the month of May. I鈥檓 so excited about sharing my wedding planning tips with all of you in these Let鈥檚 Celebrate posts, especially after writing the chapter about my own wedding in my new book聽Celebrate. For my second post as guest editor, today I鈥檓 sharing five key tips to keep in mind when planning your wedding and all of the events leading up to it.

There鈥檚 so much that goes into your big day, and it鈥檚 easy to get lost in the details. When writing this post, I reflected back on what helped me to stay calm and organized throughout the process. And today I鈥檓 sharing those tips right here with all of you.


Any bride will tell you that the wedding planning process begins the minute you get engaged and ends the day you get home from your honeymoon. There鈥檚 a lot to plan and think about, but it鈥檚 also one of the most exciting times of your life. That said, here are my five top tips you鈥檒l want to keep in mind as you enjoy the excitement behind planning and attending your wedding events鈥


I talk about this in my book Celebrate, but it鈥檚 important to echo it again: Getting your wedding planning timeline set in stone is key. The minute you get engaged, you鈥檒l want to get an idea of what your timeline will be. For example, getting married six months after you get engaged will give you a very different timeline of events than getting married a year and a half after getting engaged. I recommend working backwards: Before you start working on any of the details, decide what time of year you want to get married and think about your location. Then, you can map out where your engagement party, bachelorette, bridal showers, and everything else will fall in the months in between. Click here to see our wedding timeline and follow (+ Pin ;) Brit + Co鈥檚 wedding beauty timeline here!


Nail down the guest list and get those addresses ASAP. You鈥檒l want to know this pretty early in the wedding planning process so that you can make sure you鈥檙e not inviting anyone to your engagement party who you won鈥檛 be able to invite to your wedding too. You鈥檒l also want to get the contact info from each of your guests earlier on than you think. I set up an online address book system to get the email addresses and home addresses of all of my attendees, and I can鈥檛 tell you how often I used it. Having a database like this comes in handy for everything from sending out save the dates to writing thank you notes.


Now hear me out: I鈥檓 not saying that each pre-party leading up to your wedding needs to come with the price tag of a full-blown wedding. But if you treat each event as though it鈥檚 as important as your wedding, you鈥檒l feel organized and less stressed. From catering to party d茅cor to writing thank you notes, you鈥檒l want your bachelorette, bridal shower and engagement party to all feel as streamlined (and as special!) as possible. After all, you only go through this process once. Also, there鈥檚 no need to feel pressure to stick with your wedding theme for each pre- party. Let each event shine on its own. If you鈥檙e doing a rustic-themed wedding but want to do a clambake for your engagement party 鈥 go for it! The world is your oyster. Pun intended.


This tip is something that can apply to every element of your wedding, and I feel strongly about it 鈥 you want your wedding to reflect you and the person you鈥檒l be spending the rest of your life with. Adding special touches to each event will help your true personalities shine through to your guests. That鈥檚 why I love when a couple serves a signature couples cocktail on their big day, or prepares a dessert that is their favorite. I baked homemade apple pies for my wedding instead of cake because it felt more special to William and I. Touches like this will set your wedding 鈥 and all of the events leading up to it 鈥 apart.


Last but not least鈥 I would recommend getting a 鈥渨edding wardrobe鈥 going as you plan each of your events. I tried to plan out what I would wear to each event as ahead of time as possible, and it helped me to feel comfortable and stress-free when getting ready for the pre-parties. Even if you don鈥檛 know what you鈥檒l be wearing exactly but you have an idea of your look, that can avoid the last-minute rushing and hassle of finding an outfit. And, keep in mind that there鈥檚 nothing wrong with having back-up outfits just in case the one you have in mind doesn鈥檛 work on the day-of.

And remember to enjoy the process! I know that can be easier said than done, but the calmer and more relaxed you stay while planning your wedding, the easier everything will be.

What other tips would you add to this list?

Let me know @LaurenConrad, and see you here next week!

XO Lauren