How to minimise stress during wedding planning
It’s no secret that weddings are stressful. They’re up there with moving to a new house as one of the most hectic experience of someone’s life. Not only is it your big day, but you have a gaggle of guests to entertain, not to mention long lost family members putting their two cents in. Unfortunately, there is always going to be some level of stress during a wedding, but we’ve put together a handy guide to minimise the hassle and encourage relaxation as the big day looms.
Remember why you’re doing it
In the midst of the dress, the caterers, the guests and whatever else, its easy to get wrapped up and forget the true meaning of a wedding. At the end of the day the focus is your partner and the love the two of you share. A wedding is just the outer shell of what’s truly happening, a beautiful bond that will last forever. So, if you begin to feel stressed over the planning, remember what truly matters, the rest of the day is just an extra.
Keep it simple
A grand wedding with all the trimmings can be nice, but equally an intimate garden affair with your closest friends and family is a great way to minimise stress whilst having a beautiful day. Don’t feel pressured to invite the aunty you haven’t seen since you where eight, simply agree with your partner a group of your best ones and immediate family and take it from there. Don’t be afraid to go self-catered either, a sit-down meal isn’t the only way to go at a wedding. Prepare a buffet and get your closest involved so everyone brings something and rope your uncle in as DJ. Don’t feel any kind of pressure to do anything that you and your partner don’t want, remember the true reason everyone’s there.
It almost goes without saying but if you are having a bigger wedding, don’t be tempted to rush it and set a date too soon. It is plausible to get a lot of planning done in a short space of time, but in the protection of your sanity, it won’t be. Give yourself plenty of time to research, prepare and book everything that you want, with enough spare to sort out any problems or extras. This will also maximise the chance of all guests being able to attend and the venues you really want to be available.
Keep your friends close
On the big day, the best way to stay relaxed is to keep your best friends/family members close to you. Its an inevitably scary and overwhelming day and you don’t have to go through it alone. They will be there to fix any wardrobe mishaps, grab glasses of water and above all keep you smiling and laughing so it all doesn’t feel too much. If at any point you feel like you can’t cope, take five, take some deep breaths and remember the end goal. Above all, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself. This is your day and you should be having a magical time with your partner.