No matter if you have a short, few months or a couple of years to plan your wedding, there’s no denying it’s a stressful process. There are some things to keep in mind while planning to stay stress-free and some tips to help you avoid turning into a bridezilla.
Set a budget and a timeline
Before the planning process begins, always set a budget for yourself. Sit down with your fiancé and have a conversation about how much money you both can contribute, if you’ll be getting help from others, and if you’ll be using a credit card and paying off some of the money spent later. Always be sure to account for items you will want to splurge on while keeping the amount reasonable for you.
At this time, you can also set a timeline for planning. This will help you stay organized and ensure you won’t forget a thing. Utilize an online calendar, like iCal or Google Calendar to set dates for when you want to meet with vendors, when to buy your decorations, or even when you have to submit payments. With reminders sent to your phone, you’ll be able to remember every wedding-related task effortlessly.
Keep shopping simple
Keep shopping for decor, favors, and florals as simple as possible by purchasing everything through one vendor. You can match all of your tables, florals, and wall decorations perfectly when you can shop for it all in on place. When it comes to gifts for your wedding party, family, and guests consider bulk ordering presents for everyone. Buying gifts for the people you need to give thanks to in one, easy purchase is a quick way to get a big wedding task done.
Favors are easy to find in bulk online and there are so many options to choose from depending on your style. Sweets, coasters, chapsticks, or candles can all be found easily online. For more personal gifts to those that helped you plan your big day like your parents and wedding party bulk ordering is still an option!
Delicious, chocolate-covered fruit for everyone to enjoy while getting ready for your wedding. Fashionable sunglasses for your friends to rock during and long after the day ends. You can even bulk order glassware and allow everyone to have a fun DIY session while others are getting their makeup done!
Delegating tasks to others is a sure-fire way to stay stress-free. Hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator to help with the little tasks that add a lot of pressure. Day-of coordinators can help ensure your day runs smoothly and on time. They can also help fulfill payments, set up decorations, and clean up any messes.
However, if you’ve been struggling with planning from the start or don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to planning, then hire a wedding planner. They can set you up with preferred vendors, take meetings, and help you be decisive with large decisions. This extra support from a third party can make a huge difference when it comes to stress and anxiety.
Choose vendors you trust
Hiring vendors you trust will take a huge weight off of your shoulders. If you constantly have to follow up, be on their back about details, or simply don’t trust them to do their jobs, then that will add more to your plate than need be. Choose vendors that are professional, organized, and have proven they do great work.
Not sure where to start? Read through their internet reviews and talk to anyone you know that has utilized their services. Getting the opinion of those who have the first-hand experience is the easiest way to decide if a vendor is a right fit for what you need. This may seem like a lot of extra work, but once you find the right vendor you will be able to relax and let them take some things off of your plate.
Don’t doubt yourself
In the age of social media, it’s easy to second guess decisions you’ve made. However, remember to stick to your heart (and your budget). You can easily get caught up by a perfectly executed DIY wedding you saw on Pinterest or a celebrity’s billion-dollar wedding on Instagram.
Remember this is about your marriage, your love, and you! Choose things that make you happy and will help show off your relationship to your guests. Maybe once you’ve made your final decisions, take a social media break so you don’t go doubting yourself.