With all the insanity that planning a wedding brings, people often forget one thing: the point of it is to celebrate your love and happiness, and have a great time with your nearest and dearest. This ultimate goal often gets lost in worrying about details like seating arrangements, flower color, and money concerns. When the day finally comes, the bride and groom are so stressed out and tired from organizing everything, that they spend half the wedding tense and worried. The secret is to pick and choose your battles. Here are some things to focus on for a stress-free wedding planning process.
Choose the Ideal Venue
The venue plays a huge part, and the right one can be a life-saver in terms of convenience. Ideally, choose the venue where you can have both the ceremony and the reception, but also where you and your guests can stay afterwards. The staff is also essential. A friendly and experienced staff can do a lot to make everything run smoothly. Some venues have significant experience with weddings, so they already have the appropriate decorations and specialized menus, including cake. Some of them even have a band. Delegating at least a part of the organizing process to the venue can feel like a huge burden lifted off your shoulders.
Your wedding is the perfect occasion to call in a few favors. Your friends, family and fiancé can all help. Create a list of things that need to be done, and find those around you who are willing to help you out. You and your man can do things together, and look at it as a chance to spend some time together despite your hectic schedules in the days running up to the wedding.
Brides who are willing to be flexible about their wishes and plans are often much less stressed out. Even if the perfect dress eludes you, or you find that your dream venue is not available – accept it and move on. The fact is, there is nothing you can do about glitches like these, and dwelling on them will do more harm than good. Instead, compromise and know that everything is replaceable. It’s very useful to set up a list of priorities that you want to focus on when allocating time, money, and effort you are willing to put in.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
Whatever you can do in advance to minimize the load – do it. There are plenty of things that don’t have to – and shouldn’t be – put off until the last minute. Send your engagement invitations, book your venue and catering, pick out a cake, figure out the seating arrangement. That is only a tiny fraction of things you can get done several months before the date.
You would be amazed to find out just how many excellent wedding planning apps and websites are out there. All of them are designed to make your life easier, and a lot of them are great at that. Thanks to various apps and web pages, you can now cross off a lot of items from your to-do list from home. Embrace this chance, because, if there’s one thing that will be in short supply before the wedding – it’s time!
Do as much as you can in advance, so when the day finally comes you can be certain everything will go according to plan. When the big day arrives, remember to relax, smile, and be positive. Even some minor glitches are not the end of the world. Remember – your priority is to have fun with your loved ones.