There will always be a certain amount of stress involved in planning a wedding, even for the most chilled out of brides to be. But what can you do to minimise the stress? I’m currently studying for a Certificate in Wedding Planning so I thought I’d put together a few of the best tips I’ve come across:
You can never be too organised when it comes to planning a wedding. Whether there’s just the two of you, or 200 people invited to the wedding, organisation is key. Start off with a to do list. There’s plenty in wedding magazines and online that you can choose from and work to a timescale. If you know when certain things need to be booked by, you’ll never be caught out and you’ll have a timeline for when every step in the wedding planning process needs to be done by.
These will usually be determined by your timescale – venues, registrars, photographers, caterers and perhaps even your dress if you want a designer one, all need to be booked well in advance. You might also want to start thinking about what you both consider a priority for your wedding. Are you big foodies perhaps, do you want to get married in a certain place that has a special meaning to you as a couple?
Your family and close friends will jump at the chance to help you after all. Plus if you have bridesmaids, a best man and even ushers, that’s what they are there for. If you need help to plan your big day or help the day itself run more smoothly, you have to tell them in advance. This ensures they know what you need them to do and you don’t get flustered having to remind people or worrying that things aren’t getting done.
Take Time Out
Especially in the weeks before the wedding when everything seems to be wedding, wedding and more wedding. Make time to spend a little quality time with your fiance, with a promise of absolutely no wedding talk and remember why you’re getting married in the first place. Spend time with friends or maybe a little bit of me time is just what you need. Get your hair done, have a manicure, do something fun like getting your tarot cards read or read that book you haven’t had time to enjoy. Whatever it is, do something you enjoy and something completely unrelated to your big day.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Will your guests notice if your flowers aren’t the perfect shade of pink? Did your venue forget to lay the table exactly how you wanted it? Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things? If the answer is no, then let it wash over you.
You Can’t Control the Weather
Even in the most tropical of climates, you can guarantee it will rain on someone’s wedding day. I’m not saying you should book an outdoor wedding in the UK in December (unless you want your guests to all look blue in your wedding photos of course) but if it does rain on your big day, have a contingency plan. Make sure you book a venue that can move your ceremony inside at short notice, buy yourself a pretty bridal umbrella in advance and maybe not expect to wear killers heels if the grass at your venue is a little damp after a few days of rain. Your wedding day will still be special whatever the weather.
Take time out with your groom to sit back and relax after a busy day and appreciate where all that wedding planning has got you.