As one of the most important days of your life, there’s a lot riding on your wedding – and as a result they’re often be rather stressful to plan. Whether you’re a true bridezilla or half of the most laidback couple ever, there’s no denying that it can be tricky to remain cool, calm and collected when suppliers let you down or you just can’t agree on your colour scheme. Here are five ways to make the planning stage easier.
Have a Budget and Stick to It
Everyone should have a budget when it comes to their wedding – the expenses surrounding the ceremony and reception can often be greater than anticipated, and if you let yourself go wild it’s only too easy for the costs to spiral. On a more serious note, starting your marriage with a mountain of debt will not a happy marriage make! However, just because your budget is (or feels) small, it doesn’t mean that your wedding can’t be beautiful and amazing. Find practical ways to reduce the costs of the day, such as enlisting a friend to make your cake – many argue that having to DIY some elements actually makes your wedding more personal to you.
Ask for and Accept Help
When you’ve decided what you’re going to DIY and what you’re going to get the professionals to do, it’s time to get some help. More often than not, your friends and family will be absolutely delighted that they get to help you with your wedding. However, a word of caution – make sure that whatever you’ve got your helpers doing, they are given very clear instructions. This will help prevent bridezilla taking over! Afterwards, make sure that you give them a gift or do something nice for them as a thank you.
Use Trusty Professionals
Things can go wrong with professionals just as much as they can go wrong with you or I, so it’s important to use professionals that you trust. So if you meet a supplier and you don’t get a good feeling about them, then simply don’t book them. If they seem a bit disorganised for your liking or they don’t seem to understand you or your ideas, then you shouldn’t worry about offending them; simply explain that you don’t feel that they are the right fit for you and your wedding.
You Can’t Keep Everyone Happy
One of the most stressful things about planning a wedding is everyone having an opinion and you trying to please everyone. Simply put, your wedding day is for you and your partner, and trying to please everyone else will only leave you unhappy. So choose the things that you want because you want them, and not for the sake of anyone else.
Have a Break from Wedding Planning
Don’t talk about it, don’t think about it, simply focus on your partner. If you’re beginning to resent wedding planning, it’s time to stop, take stock and reconnect. Once you’ve reaffirmed the reasons why you’ve made the choices you