Ever since I was a young girl watching Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella made me long to find my prince charming, to get my happily ever after and more importantly a wedding with a chance to wear a dress as magical as theirs. I have always known what kind of wedding I would aspire for and growing up it hasn’t really changed. Although of course my outlook on love has changed dramatically from the fairy tale ending to one that is filled with love and happiness but of course reality.
Throughout my teenage years and in fact to this very day I love to watch Don’t tell the bride, I put this program down to the reason that my impressions and expectations of love and the male species has changed. I used to watch these programmes religiously then on the odd occasion there was a venue that I admired I would check out the website and have more of a nosey. That’s what ever girl does right?
I am at that age now where loads of people I know and have grown up with are getting married themselves and they all say the very same thing,
Wedding planning is so stressful!
But it doesn’t have to be. Wedding planning should be the best few months of your lives, you are planning for that special day where two become one and the rest of your new future together begins. There are ways in which you can make the whole planning a little less stressful and they are things like:
- Have a budget and stick to it.
Many stressful arguments are started by the money topic. Ideally, you will go in with a figure in mind yet it is so easy to get carried away by all the romantic little details and end up splashing more cash than you had imagined. Easier said than done I know, but try to stick to your initial budget. You can still have the perfect wedding day without all the little material things.
- Tackle it as a team from the start.
Many couples have that one person who goes at things all guns blazing and the other one just sits back and lets them tackle it. Things go a lot more smoothly when you communicate. Communication is the best way to avoid unnecessary arguments around what should be a fun and exciting time.
- Don’t put the rest of your life on hold.
I am certain this goes without saying but please don’t put all your focus primarily on the wedding. Go on days out, meet with friends like you normally would don’t just keep your brain focused on the wedding. You will be surprised just how relaxed you will become when you don’t look at wedding planning as a chore.
- Figure out what is most important.
Unless you have a bottomless bank, you won’t have hundreds of thousands to throw at a wedding. The best way to keep on top of your spending is to focus on 2 things that you want to splash the cash on say the venue and photography or the dress and venue. Everything else need not have so much invested in it. After all, on the day you won’t be focusing on those little wooden hearts on the tables.
I hope that these tips give you some ideas on how to make the whole planning a little less stressful. Good luck on your special day!