The Most Important Wedding Tips For Stress-Free Planning
Wedding planning can feel overwhelming, and no one can prepare you for all the small details and preparations you need to make. For those of you who have dreamed of their wedding since you were little, this might feel like a breeze. For the rest of us who have no clue where to even start, there are some unwritten rules as to how to make the process enjoyable and to stop you from going wedding crazy! Despite the common experience, wedding planning does not have to be stressful.
If you are in the midst of wedding planning and are currently feeling like you have lost the reins of control, it is important to ground yourself and remember the important points. If you do not have a clue as to what you should be prioritizing, here are some specific tips you might wish to consider:
Determine Who Is Coming
Before you get the dress, book the caterer and especially book the venue, you need to determine exactly how many people are coming. It is not useful finding your dream wedding venue, and then finally determining how many people can attend whilst come to terms with the fact that you are exceeding the venue’s capacity! Be realistic as to who you would or wouldn’t want there, and always plan for the worst-case scenario.
Let’s say you have 100 guests and book a venue for 150 guests in case many people request plus ones, or perhaps you know you want a small intimate wedding you should book for the absolute maximum people you wish to come in that setting also. If people cancel that is no problem, but at least you can avoid people feeling left out if they categorically can not fit onto the invite list!
Make Everything Clear On The Invite
If you are planning on having an unconventional wedding dress that isn’t the traditional white, perhaps make note of that and advise guests they are free to wear white dresses. People can not adhere to your expectations of the wedding if it is not made clear to them, so make sure the wedding information is as accessible and easy to understand as possible.
On the topic of guests, you should make the important details on the wedding invite as clear as possible. The last thing you want is to plan an elegantly themed wedding, and have your guests first show up at the wrong time, and also in inappropriate attire. Have the exact time you want your guests to be at the venue, and also make the dress code crystal clear.
Consider Using Credit
On the financial end of the spectrum, wedding planning can cost a lot of money. Of course, you should save where you can, but with the big expenses that can not be avoided, you should consider using credit to purchase the wedding essentials.
Some credit cards can give you great rewards for making big purchases and paying them off in due time, for example, you can get free flights from some providers. Take advantage of these kinds of benefits that can save you money elsewhere. Honeymoon flights are sorted!
Integrate Date Night With Wedding Planning
The overwhelming list of things to do can feel like even more chores among the daily takes you already have to complete. The whole reason for the wedding happening is to celebrate the love and union of you and your partner, and this concept should not be neglected during the wedding planning process. Make it a priority to have date night whilst sorting some of the smaller tasks.
For example, you might go for a romantic meal together, and whilst at this meal, you might discuss what honeymoon destination you both are looking for. Or perhaps you go wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard to confirm what wine you wish to have at the wedding. The journey toward the big day should be as enjoyable as the day itself.
Make Use Of Your Network
Asking your family and friends for their help and expertise is a must. Many soon-to-be couples forget the value that their circle and network have and how useful they can be towards the big day. For example, you might have a friend who does interior design who might be useful in the venue decorating process.
Or perhaps your partner has a photographer friend who can take your beautiful wedding photos for half the price. Take some time to reflect on how you can leverage the skills of your guests to ease the planning process.
Enjoy The Experience
Overall, you need to keep in mind that the planning is a part of the memories you will hold onto for years to come. There will be so many wonderful moments, and stressful ones throughout the process but it is important to not let the negativity take over.
If it feels overwhelming now, just remember the satisfaction you will feel on the day when everything is perfect and exactly how you imagined. Don’t sweat it, and take all the time you need to make the right decisions.