No matter how you look at it, planning a wedding can be stressful. From choosing the venue to picking your dream dress, there are a lot of big decisions you need to get right. So, with that in mind, here are fifteen tips to help you plan your big day without the stress.
You can’t start planning your wedding early enough. Procrastination can easily seep into the wedding planning process, so the more time you give yourself, the easier things will be. Even if your date is several years in the future, start the planning process today – you won’t regret it.
Choosing the dress
You’ve probably been thinking about your wedding dress since you were a little girl. So, make choosing the perfect dress your wedding priority. Use platforms like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, and familiarise yourself with all the latest wedding trends and styles.
Involve your partner in the planning process
The two most important people at your wedding are you and your partner. So, while you might be doing the bulk of the planning, include your partner in as many conversations as possible. After all, you should both contribute to planning your perfect day.
Create a budget
Weddings are expensive, but creating a budget is a good way of ensuring things don’t get out of hand. If you’re not strict with your budget and don’t track your expenses, it will add to the overall stress of planning your big day.
Ask for second opinions
When you’re planning your wedding, you will quickly realize how many decisions you have to make before the day. As such, there’s nothing wrong with asking for a second opinion, and your bridesmaids will be more than happy to share their tips and suggestions with you.
Keep a checklist
Wedding planning is essentially a full-time job, so keeping a checklist makes sense. Whether you keep it on your laptop or in a wedding journal, it’s a good idea to work through the tasks methodically, checking them off as you progress.
Set the date
It’s so much easier to plan a wedding when you have a date set. After all, suppliers will ask you when you’re getting married so they can make the necessary arrangements, so getting a date in the diary early is super important.
Plan your guest list
So many couples get stressed with the guest list, which is understandable. So, come together and work out who you want to attend your wedding. Don’t feel pressured to include people that you don’t want to be there – it’s your big day, after all!
Have a plan B
You’re playing with fire if you don’t have a plan b when planning your wedding. Although we hope things go according to plan for you, it certainly plays to have a backup option up your sleeve if you need to make some changes during the planning process.
Visit the venue
Before deciding on the dream venue, make sure you visit the area in which you’re getting married. You can trust your instincts, and if you have a good feeling about a place, it’s the ideal location to plan your big day.
If you’re not careful, planning your wedding will burn you out. So, when you’re making all of the arrangements, set aside some time for self-love. Whether it’s a spa day or some retail therapy, give yourself a little break from the arrangements from time to time.
Gain inspiration online
Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, you have so many online sources of inspiration. Follow people and accounts that inspire you, and don’t be afraid to use their ideas to make your big day extra special.
Plan for the photos
Your chosen wedding photographer will play a big role in your celebrations, so choosing the right person couldn’t be more important. Arrange a meeting and ask for a portfolio of their work before settling on a photographer, to ensure they’re a good fit for your day.
Ask your married friends for advice
Friends and family members who are already married are a great source of inspiration for your big day. You can use them as a sounding board for your arrangements and ask them for their advice – they will be delighted to offer their advice and insight.
Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy it. Your wedding day should be the most memorable of your life, so try not to let the plans stress you out.