Getting married should be a fun and magical experience, but it can be a stressful time, and even overwhelming for some. This leads to arguments and upset, and it can mean that by the time the big day itself comes around, you’re just not looking forward to it. In fact, you just want it to be over and done with.
That’s not how it should be; you should be able to enjoy the day (and even the planning) and look back on it fondly. You want to start your marriage off on the right foot. Therefore, it’s crucial you understand how to have a stress-free (as far as possible, at least) wedding. Read on for some tips on what you can do to achieve this goal.
Set A Budget
One of the biggest reasons for having problems when you’re planning a wedding is money. Weddings, even fairly simple ones, can cost a lot, and if you don’t have a proper budget in place, you might find you overspend or commit to things that you later have to cancel (and lose your deposit in the process). On the other hand, perhaps you want to add something but you don’t think you can afford it when you actually can, and in the meantime it becomes too late.
Sit down with your partner and come up with a sensible budget that you know you can afford and that won’t overstretch you. Then work out how much the non-negotiable elements (such as the venue and food) are going to cost. Whatever is left over is yours to spend on things you want, whatever that might be.
Don’t Rush The Planning
Something else that can cause a lot of stress is rushing through everything when it comes to planning. When you do this, it’s easy to forget something or to opt for one thing when, simply by shopping around, you might find something better or cheaper (or both).
The best thing to do is to give yourself enough time to plan, and then allocate a certain timeframe for every part of the wedding. Ideally, you’ll need at least 12 months to plan a wedding with as little stress as possible, and if that’s the case, you can divide up the time to make sure everything is booked, and you don’t miss out on anything. Start with the wedding reception facility because this will dictate the date and how many guests you can have, and work from there. You’ll be less stressed, and you’ll feel much more in control.
Use A Wedding Planner
Although it won’t be something that everyone wants because they prefer to do it all themselves, and it won’t fit into everyone’s budget, hiring a wedding planner can certainly work for some couples, and when it comes to reducing stress, it might be the best thing you can do.
When you use a wedding planner, you will discuss everything with them about what you want your wedding to be like, and any must-haves and definite no-nos. They will then reach out to vendors and suppliers and report back with ideas, which you can approve or otherwise. The hard work is done by someone else, and because the wedding planner will have a lot of contacts and plenty of ideas through experience, you might even end up with a better wedding than you had hoped for, no matter what budget you might have.