Over the years I have gathered information from brides-to-be on their experience of planning their wedding. Also, with the help of my wife, I was able to come up with some valuable tips to help you plan a stress-free wedding. Below, we will cover many things that you may not think about leading up to your wedding day so hopefully this will save you a bit of trouble.
We have heard and seen brides that have had an incredibly fun, relaxed, stress-free wedding day. Some of the guests and family were surprised at just how calm they were, but they planned. In fact, many of them claimed to have a stress-free week leading up to their big day. Here’s what you can do to accomplish the same.
1. Plan Ahead– WAY Ahead of Time
During this time, you may drive your other half crazy with keeping up with deadlines but you’ll both be happy you did. Getting everything you can done, now, while you’re thinking about it can be incredibly useful. After all, there will be at least 135 tiny things you needed to do that will come up shortly before your wedding. So, all the little things you put off will come to a head the month of your wedding. Avoid that happening but doing them ASAP.
Wedding day timelines can help with the planning process- See our timeline HERE
2. What Days Do I Take Off Work?
Taking the right days off work can greatly reduce your stress level. Most suggest taking at least a day or two off prior to wedding day. You will have family and friends in town and there will be last minute errands to run. If you are like the majority and planning a Saturday wedding, see if you can take at least that Friday off. This time can be spent tending to the final details like folding programs, name tags, putting table numbers in frames, checking and staging everything in a central location so it’s ready to go.
Done! All the little details are done and now you can relax, check out a new restaurant or do some laundry. Which brings us to…
3. It Isn’t All Glamorous!
The pre-rehearsal dinner blowout is scheduled, and you’ve got a gloriously indulgent mani & pedi lined up: but what about the laundry? This is something that is often forgotten about. Getting laundry done will save you in the long run. If you’re scheduled to leave for your honeymoon right after the wedding, don’t let this sneak up on you. Feel free to enlist the help of friends or family, hire a laundry service, etc. but you better get it done.
4. Ask Family and Friends for Last Minute Tips.
You don’t want to be panicked with crazy what-ifs, so do your best to avoid this by asking around. You will be extremely grateful to those family and friends that helped.
5. Hire Someone to Help.
Hiring a wedding planner may or may not be in your budget, we decided not to for our wedding although hiring a month-of coordinator may be a great idea. The incredibly talented Melanie and Erin with Weddings By Erin, helped us so much that I cannot begin to tell you that without them, we’d be in trouble. Not only can someone like this help with the final details, logistics, and last-minute planning but cleaning up and keeping up with gifts. The day will be a whirlwind, make sure someone is there to help.
6. Stay Calm
Weddings aren’t only stressful to the bride, but the wedding party and close family may feel the pressure too. Since the emotions of the day will be high, it’s important to be the center of calm. If you’re freaking out, it’s likely that your energy will affect others around you. It may surprise you who, but it will happen – bridesmaids having a meltdown about a dress, cousins and family drama, etc. Regardless or not if it is the craziest, most inconsiderate thing to do here’s what you must do: be so calm and Zen-like that they cannot help but to be calm. Saying things like “Don’t worry about it, it doesn’t matter” or “no big deal, lets talk about it when the wedding is over” and smile. Hopefully this will do the trick but if it doesn’t, that is what you hired help for. Don’t be afraid to pass off some of these things to other people. Besides, it’s your day, enjoy it!
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