If anyone knows how stressful it can get planning a wedding, it is us. We have held many a bride and mother of the bride's hands throughout their planning process and we have seen it all at this point. It is easy to get tied up in the details (sometimes the details are some of the best parts!) but it is also important to take a deep breath and relax.
Here are a few of our top tips to have a stress-free wedding planning process!
1. Hire a wedding planner
An obvious one, but true! The biggest help to preventing a stressful planning process is hiring a wedding planner to help coordinate your big day. Whether that be someone that helps you from beginning to end or one that just comes in for the day-of. Having someone on your vendor team to take over and ensure a smooth-running wedding day is the best wedding budget investment you could ever make.
2. Set a budget and STICK TO IT
Very hard to do but so important. Everybody has a budget, everybody. However a lot of the time we have clients come in with a budget and as the planning process continues, they find that they desperately want to add to it. A wedding is never worth going into debt over. And your vendors will understand that you have budget to stick to, everybody does!
3. Keep it simple
This can be applied to many aspects of the wedding planning process, keep your guest list smaller, narrow down your menus, have a smaller bridal party. This also means only incorporate things into your wedding day that really matter to you. You do not need a wedding hashtag, a candy bar, or an outfit change. You do not have to do a bouquet or garter toss. The only thing you HAVE to do, is get married and enjoy yourself.
4. Do not ask for too many opinions
While it can be tempting to ask all your friends and family what they think about your nuptial plans, sometimes it is best to not have too many voices telling you what they think. The only opinions that truly matter are yours and your partner's. Of course there are those times where people offer their opinion or advice unsolicited but just smile, thank them, and let. it. go.
5. Enjoy it.
Remember why you are planning the big day in the first place. To get married! Make dates out of cake tastings and creating your wedding registry. Have girlfriends over for wine and assembling favors. Remember to keep everything in perspective and that no matter if you have that 12-piece band or sparkler exit, your day will still be special and fun.
We hope that these tips will help some of our brides keep a stress-free mentality during their planning process! If you have any tips for maintaining your zen, please comment below!
Infographic Image by Leigh and Becca