Wedding season is upon us and I’m sure that you, just like me, have been completely bombarded by an endless stream of utterly fabulous photos of your friends getting married in your social media feeds. And we’re all very happy for them! But not all of us realize how much effort it takes to organize a great wedding and then to live a happy married life. Unexpected things can and do happen and it’s up to us to navigate the surprises and failures with grace, style, and a stunning and stylish dress.

Fortunately for us, the internet is an inexhaustible fountain of advice. And r/LifeProTips is one of the best places around if you’re looking for clear, concise, and accurate life advice. We’ve collected some of the community members’ best wedding hacks and decided to share them with you. Upvote the ones that you found the most useful as you scroll down and if you’ve got any awesome ones to share with us, let us know in the comments.

I spoke about one of the most important parts of the wedding for many people—the bride’s dress—with Anna and Sarah from The Wedding Society. They explained to Bored Panda how to deal with the pressure of wanting to look ‘perfect’ and that, at the end of the day, what truly matters is the marriage, not the party. You’ll find our interview with them below, dear Pandas.

#1

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Before you propose, you and your partner should already have agreed to get engaged. That way the proposal can be a fun surprise, without fear of rejection.

If you are ready to get married to your partner, speak frankly and honestly with them about it BEFORE you start planning a proposal. Have a real discussion about your future together, the big items that affect a marriage(finances, family, kids, careers, etc) and decide if you are BOTH ready to get married to each other.

It’s a huge decision, and nobody should be put in the stressful position of having to decide in a single moment, or say No and hurt someone that they care about.

Once you know that they’re on board 100%, you can plan the most elaborate or intimate or special proposal surprise that you know your partner would want. You can purchase the ring and know it won’t be wasted. You can build up the tension for as long as you want until the big proposal day arrives and you both can enjoy it without anxiety or doubt.

The engagement should be planned so the proposal can be a surprise!

LegendaryOutlaw , Andre Jackson Report

MiriPanda
Community Member
11 months ago

I'll never understand the purpose of proposals, not these days anyways. Two adults who love each other have decided to spend their future together and want to get married, then why not simply start planning the wedding? Have a (engagement) party by all means, but why the proposal, why 'surprise', why 'big' or 'elaborate'? It sounds so fake when the decision has already been agreed upon, and if not, then a proposal can indeed be stressful and/or go terrible wrong.

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People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) After your wedding, ask the florist for a list of the flower in your spouse’s bouquet.

I did it and have been able to buy my wife flower arrangements with the same types of flowers that were in her wedding bouquet on special wedding anniversaries (e.g., 1st, 5th, 10th, the year we became parents, etc.). I also keep a photo of the bouquet to show the florist. She was so surprised the first time I did it. It went over really well. She immediately recognized that all of the flowers had been in her bouquet

moxzil , Beatriz Pérez Moya Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
11 months ago

If you take the pic, you don't need the list of the names. The frorist will know.

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#3

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Tell the DJ at your wedding NOT to give the mic to anyone...

...under any circumstances unless they have received verbal permission from you or your wife/husband. This is any easy way to avoid people proposing, announcing pregnancy or preventing people from speaking when you don’t want them to

UseDaSchwartz , Khanh Dang Report

Abhinc
Community Member
11 months ago

please !!! don't propose or announce pregnancy at someone's wedding !!! get your own moment.

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Anna and Sarah went into detail with Bored Panda about the idea of the ‘perfect wedding dress.’ According to them, while the dress is an important part of the event, it’s still not at the core of what the wedding and marriage are all about.

“The concept of a ‘perfect wedding dress’ really only matters deeply to those who are probably focusing on the wrong thing,” Anna and Sarah said that if you find yourself obsessing about finding the perfect dress, you need to take a step back and reevaluate the hierarchy of things that are important to you, including why you’re getting married in the first place.

#4

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Getting married and looking for a great groomsmen gift? Give something useful.

I've been married over 25 years, and attended/ been in many weddings over the years.

The best gift I ever received was about 20 years ago from my college roommate who's wedding I was in as a groomsman. It was a hammer, and a very nice hammer at that. I imagine it was in the $30-40 range. Great balance and weight.

At the time I thought "oh a hammer.... what the h*ll am I going to do with this?"

But then I moved out of my apartment, got a house and had a few kids. With every home improvement, swingset, outdoor project the hammer got used.

Once in a while I take a picture of the current project with the hammer in the shot and text it too him so that he knows I still use it.

I don't remember or still have any of the shot glasses or cheap beer steins, they were lost years ago. But not the hammer.

So think of something that will be practical beyond the next bachelor party and give a great groomsmen gift.

NotQuiteGoodEnougher , SpencerWing Report

Deborah B
Community Member
11 months ago

You can probrably even get the hammers engraved if you want.

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#5

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Many problems in marriage are really just problems with being a bad roommate. Learn how to be a good roommate, and it will solve many of the main issues that plague marriages. This includes communicating about something bothering you before you get too angry to communicate properly.

RepairmanJacked , Morteza Yousefi Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
11 months ago

This is for any couple that live together.

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#6

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) The most important thing is the person standing at the other end of the aisle.

No one will remember what stationary you used, or the floral arraignments but they will remember the genuine moments that you and your SO shared with the special people in your lives.

Too many people get caught up in making the perfect Pinterest wedding that they forget the only thing that matters at the end of the day is you are getting to marry someone you love.

uhunteru , Stocksnap Report

Karl Baxter
Community Member
11 months ago

I think the whole wedding industry has a lot to answer for in terms of convincing people to spend ludicrous amounts of cash on pointless crap that no one will actually remember. Once you’ve fallen for that nonsense & families start to put their oars and their cash in, then you start to lose control, relatives you dislike get invited, people start bitching about the table they’re placed at and it becomes a total pain in the a**e. The best and most romantic wedding I’ve ever been to was a couple who fell out with their respective families over the bloated plans being made for them. Instead they booked a weekend in a picturesque city, invited a dozen friends and had a registry office ceremony. Following that, the wedding party went to the pub while the bride and groom had their photos taken in the local park before reconvening in a curry house for the wedding meal. Finally we bought a huge booze carry out and had a raucous party in the bridal suite of their hotel. Perfect! 😎

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“There are literally thousands of incredible dresses directly available to you—it's almost a physical impossibility for only one to be right for you and, if that's how you're feeling, it's probably worth stepping back, taking a deep breath, and re-shifting your priorities,” the wedding experts suggested taking a calmer approach instead of stressing out over something that is unattainable. Perfection isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and it’s best to avoid stress before your big day.

#7

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) If you are buying anything for your wedding, do not tell the vendors it’s for a wedding. Just say a party. Most companies charge 3-4x for weddings even if it’s the same stuff.

This includes cakes. You can just say it’s for a party before the wedding. Same cake. Hundreds of dollars cheaper...

If a vendor is attending the wedding, don’t try to bamboozle them. This is for stuff that you pick up (Tents, chairs, cake, lights, etc.)

Any vendors coming to the wedding should be prepared that it’s a wedding (band, photographer, caterer etc).

Clyant , James Bold Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
11 months ago

"I'd like a cake like this and this...." * describing a typical wedding cake* "...but it's for a non wedding party, please".

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#8

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Before you start doing any wedding planning, make a wedding-only email account.

Do what I wish I did: Make a new email to give only to wedding vendors. That way, all of your wedding info will be together, and when the wedding is over, boom. No unnecessary wedding emails.

to__blave , Stephen Phillips - Hostreviews.co.uk Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
11 months ago

This is useful not only for weddings!

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#9

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Before you get married, have in-depth, planning discussions around: kids, money, housing, vacations, current debt, retirement, day to day expectations, pets, in-laws, transportation, and careers...don't assume anything. Ask the questions, ensure you are on the same page

tidblgr10 , Priscilla Du Preez Report

SBW71
Community Member
11 months ago

That should have been talked about while dating not after you get engaged

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Anna and Sarah highlighted the fact that, unfortunately, far too many people are “caught up in the party and the image” of the wedding itself. They want to be in the spotlight, leave a lasting impression on their guests, and impress their closest family members, friends, and broader social circle.

#10

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Ask for documentation of your SO’s finances before you get married or move in together. Then discuss financial expectations in depth. This could prevent surprises in the future.

What your SO tells you and what is true may not be the same thing. This doesn’t mean that they’re lying, but their perspective of their financial situation may be different from yours. And your assumptions about marital finances may not be the same.

My personal experience is that my own SO told me that they had school debt, but they also were a successful businesses owner. I did not know until after the fact that they had bills in collections, including very small bills that should have been easy to pay, and the business was not paying the bills. They were relying on parents and romantic partners to foot the expenses. They also had not filed taxes in years. I’m very lucky I didn’t end up responsible for their personal debts. I paid tens of thousands of dollars of community debt because I knew they wouldn’t and didn’t want it to affect my credit score.

Finances aren’t romantic, but it cannot be stressed enough that a lack of financial transparency can kill an otherwise good relationship. Love is difficult when your brain is occupied by consuming debt and whether you can make the next payment on the credit card because you know your spouse can’t or won’t. The loneliest I have ever been was while being married to someone who, among other things, was financially irresponsible.

Better yet, I would strongly recommend that every marriage starts with a prenuptial agreement that outlines what you expect from your partnership, both financially and otherwise. We often think of prenups as being for the rich and famous. But they provide legal protections and fairness that most state laws don’t provide. You can also craft fair resolutions that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in many contentious divorces.

A prenup is the means to a (sometimes) cheaper divorce if things go awry.

MeguhMillion , Firmbee Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
11 months ago

And that's why you live together for s few years before you marry. If one of the parties has some expensive skeletons in the closet you can break up without any financial loss. He's still paying $300 per month for that Dodge Charger he wrecked 2 years ago? Fine, but it's not your problem and will never be your problem.

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#11

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) If you're getting married and hire a DJ/band, tell them to record their set.

After being married for a few years, I really wish I could go back and listen to a few hours of our DJ spinning records to the night that felt like flew by in minutes. Not to mention having it for years and years to come.

DruLuv , Mitchell Orr Report

SoozeeQ
Community Member
11 months ago

This is a great idea. (Plus, the guy in this pic, looks like Simon Baker from The Mentalist.

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#12

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) I was married in a small village. Like I'm talking about 50 residents in total. I approached the local PTA about food. We had a small ceremony and I figured why not see if the PTA could do it. All it cost (apart from the food cost and buffet set up) was a donation to the schools PTA. 40 people were fed a 3 course meal with their choice of 3 meats for under $400. We got what we wanted and we helped a struggling school. Win-win

Becky Jane , artisticfilms Report

Night Owl
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

For anyone else not knowing what PTA stands for: I guess it's Parent-Teacher Association (thanks, google)

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However, when the desire to impress others becomes your number one priority, your focus during the actual wedding becomes split and moves away from celebrating the love that two people share toward social pressure. And that’s something that can leave you feeling miserable and unfulfilled if anything goes wrong during the event itself.

#13

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Whenever taking photos you plan on photoshopping. i.e. wedding photos. before you move everyone into the photo take a photo of just the background.

It can make editing the photo a lot easier in the later. like removing that annoying friend of the friend.

fatandsad1 , Federico Di Dio photography Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
11 months ago

"Please, can you leave from here for a sec? I'm doing an empty picture to be able to delete you one by one, if I unfriend you". "Ah, and to add UK's Queen". "And Freddy Mercury". Thanks.

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#14

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) When you marry someone, you also marry their family. Make your peace with that before saying "I do".

I read this in a book once and feel it holds very true. When you start thinking about long term plans like marriage, unless your partner intends to cut off contact with them, you will have to deal with their family at some point. If you have constant friction with your in-laws and can't ever see yourself getting along with them, have an honest reflection on how you see the rest of your relationship pan out with their family in the picture. If you think you and your partner can manage it as a team, by all means go ahead, but definitely have a dialogue about it before committing.

vet_girl86 , vivienviv0 Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
11 months ago

My family in law lives 1000 km away from us - perfect distance.

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#15

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Don't ever go to a big name for your rings. You will have problems a lot of times. Go to a local hometown jeweler if you can that has been in business awhile. There is a reason they are still around.

Amanda Cooper , pexels Report

Yvette Desmarais
Community Member
11 months ago

Diamonds are a bullshit hoax. Have an artisan make you a special ring.

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“Trust us—you're only going to truly enjoy the day if you're focusing on what matters—the marriage. Everything else is just details,” Anna and Sarah from The Wedding Society gave Bored Panda and everyone else planning their weddings some spot-on advice straight from the heart.

#16

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) If you don't mind second-hand items, check out local Facebook groups or Craigslist. A lot of people buy everything new for their wedding, then they have absolutely zero use for it. Most of the time you can get things significantly cheaper without compromising on the quality.

[deleted] , StartupStockPhotos Report

K Witmer
Community Member
11 months ago

All of my wedding stuff my cousin used in her wedding. My veil and headpiece too. Decorations everything. She chose the same colors just so she could.

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#17

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Eat. Eat something before your ceremony (or a couple hours before) for energy and so that you're not sick to your stomach at your own wedding. Plus, there may not be time for dinner if you are making rounds to your guests.

sharkbaitooaha , Hans Report

Marianne
Community Member
11 months ago

There are people who skip dinner at their own wedding??? This is the most expensive meal I will ever buy and I will absolutely enjoy every bit of it.

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#18

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Get a wedding dress that you can definitely dance in.

I've seen too many brides not be able to do much other than sway the entire reception.

cheekychick04 , stocksnap Report

N G
Community Member
11 months ago

Same, or double for shoes!

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#19

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Take your time with planning, try not to get stressed. Take advice from everyone, but only do what you want to. Don't let people influence your final decisions. Spend only what you can afford. Figure out your maximum budget, minus 20%, that is your new budget. When you see something you really want but didn't plan for (eg. cupcakes) or something comes in a lot more expensive than planned (eg. The band) you'll have the budget excess.

Comfytibble , picjumbo_com Report

SoozeeQ
Community Member
11 months ago

Very practical.

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#20

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) When writing a check for a wedding gift, make it out to one spouse or the other with old names. 'Mr and Mrs X' checks can't be cashed until the name change is final weeks later.

Just because someone gets married, doesn't mean the name changes right away (if at all obviously). So if you write a check to someone with their new name, it won't be able to be cashed until that is finalized weeks or months later.

The other way to get around this is to write OR instead of AND. So if you write Joe AND Nancy Smith, then they both must sign it and be on the account as Joe and Nancy Smith. But if you write Joe Smith OR Nancy Smith, then either one could cash it independently.

Edit: Apparently it is different by bank or by area. So seems this isn't universal. However probably still a good thing to follow just in case

masterofthefire , Shutterbug75 Report

Tash Wen
Community Member
11 months ago

Do people still write checks??? That's so 90s lol

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#21

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) When getting engaged or married go to Pawn Shops for your Jewelry.

It will save you literally hundreds if not thousands of dollars on simple wedding bands and elaborate diamond rings. Resizing a ring is also relatively cheap. Anywhere from $10-$30 from a local jewelry store or Mom and Pop store. Stores like Zales and Jared want you to think that you are buying brand new “untainted” diamonds and gold. In reality you are buying recycled gold and diamond that actually came from Pawn Shops and other used jewelry. The jewelry that is sold in Pawn Shops has a shelf life that varies but once it has been rotating for a set time and can’t sell the Pawn Shops sell it for the gold weight. The diamonds are taken out and sold in bulk while the gold is melted down into ingots then Jewelry manufactures bid on these materials that are then used to create brand new rings and settings from these recycled materials.

catringo13 , Inera Isovic Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
11 months ago

If you want "untained" gold, you got to dig it out of the earth by yourself.

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#22

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Before Proposing To A Girl, Go Find An Excuse For Her To Get Her Nails Done Beforehand.

When she wants to send photos of the ring to friends and family or post it to social media, she'll be thankful that her nails look the best possible that they can before sharing such an up-close photo of her hand.​​​​​​​

nurturingtrapdoor , Kris Atomic Report

MiriPanda
Community Member
11 months ago

Sure, sending a picture of the ring and posting it on Instagramm, including perfectly manicured nails, is the most important part of the proposal, needs to be done immediately as it should never be an intimate moment between two people, right? *sarcasm off* (not a fan of proposals to begin with :-)

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#23

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Not really a hack, but always use the "pay yourself first" method. Get a paycheck? Put away what you've budgeted for bills, any debt you're paying down, and what you can afford to put away for your wedding. Stick to a number, put it in a separate account, and DON'T TOUCH IT

TwoPesetas , Kelly Sikkema Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
11 months ago

Saving for a wedding is like saving for every other thing in your life. You set your goal, you set the monthly amount you want to save and save that amount FIRST. What's left from your paycheck after saving, you use to pay bills, debts, rent, utilities, food etc.

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#24

People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Designate a bridesmaid to hold bobby pins

Check bustle ahead of time

Let family members who are going to have designated seats at the ceremony know ahead of time

Make sure to take pics in the ceremony space WAY ahead of time

Tell photographer what you want

Have officiant step to the side during the kiss so you don’t have awkward head in picture

Ask maid of honor to straighten out train during ceremony

Eat lunch before doing hair and makeup

Disposable cameras

Include a thanks to certain people in the pastor’s speech

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DIY Photobooth: tripod, big poster cut like a polaroid

Use Fade function in Spotify to reduce awkward silence between songs (we aren’t doing a DJ/band)

Goofygooberg , pixabay Report

Jeremy Arnott
Community Member
11 months ago

Do not do disposable cameras!! You end up paying for A LOT of rubbish photos that your guests took. Plus there is always that drunk mate/uncle/courtesy invite that will take 25 blurry photos of his genitalia

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People Are Sharing Wedding Hacks That Anyone Who's Getting Married Should Check Out (25 Pics) Amazon! I bought a belt for my dress for $30 and my veil for $35. I found a veil similar to one I liked at David’s Bridal that was $150 in store. I also bought a slip/hoop skirt on there for like $20. You can find lots of stuff. Just read reviews, I also chose items with free returns in case it didn’t work out

Sheek014 , Aurelijus Valeiša Report

LuckyL
Community Member
11 months ago

Maybe change Amazon for internet. It's just searching for the right shop

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