Wedding planning is not just about picking the perfect gown, venue, and florist. It’s also about organizing a ton of little details.
From keeping everyone on the same page to dealing with vendors and everything in between, wedding planning can be overwhelming at times for anyone. That’s why so many couples opt for getting married on an unplugged retreat or an intimate ceremony with just their closest family members and friends. After all, the smaller the wedding party, the less stress you will feel – guaranteed!
With all that said and done, you may still want to have the fairy tale wedding of your dreams.
Make no mistake about it – wedding planning can be extremely stressful and taxing on anyone at any time of life, regardless of how much support you have from your partner and friends. But in order to make sure that your big day goes off without a hitch, take some time now to ensure that all ducks are in a row before things get crazy later this year.
Here are six wonderful tips on how you can stay sane during your wedding and enjoy the big occasion!
1. Decide What Matters Most
The most important decision you will make all year is deciding what matters most to you, your partner and your guests.
Many couples make the mistake of trying to be all things to all people and end up doing both themselves and their guests a disservice. But you want to be specific with what matters to you the most, as well as what matters the least. Doing this will help you have a better overall idea of what is important to you, and what isn’t.
One easy way to get a better idea of what matters most to you is to sit down with your partner and do a “What We’re All About” questionnaire. You can use this questionnaire to help you figure out what matters most to you and your partner, as well as what you want to be most aware of, while planning your big day.
2. Be Realistic With Your Timeline
If you’re like most people, you and your partner have been thinking about how amazing it would be to end the day having exchanged your engagement rings with wedding rings as newlyweds.
While it would be wonderful for everything to go according to plan, being realistic about the timeline will help you deal with the inevitable bumps in the road.
Events that require a lot of people gathering together are prone to delays every now and then. You need to factor that in mind to avoid rushing through your big day.
Be in close touch with your wedding planner and ask them to find a balance between what you can spare some time for and on what you simply can’t afford to dwindle.
3. Don’t Forget to Breath
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. But sometimes, you need to take a step back and remember why you are doing this in the first place.
Marrying your partner should be the most important thing in your life right now. But while it is important, it is not the only thing.
Whether you choose to acknowledge this or not is up to you, but sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remember where you are coming from. That may mean taking a break from the wedding to have a breather, reflect on what you have already accomplished, and to give your head a moment to clear.
4. Have a Support System in Place
Weddings are a major commitment. While they are fun and exciting, they are also incredibly stressful, frustrating, and time-consuming. As such, you need to have a support system to lie back on when you feel overwhelmed.
No one knows what you’re going through better than your partner. That is why it is so important to have someone by your side to talk to about your frustrations, help you navigate challenges and celebrate milestones.
You can also talk to your friends, family and colleagues – they are the people closest to you and will be most likely to offer their help.
5. Keep Some Downtime in Between All the Madness
Your wedding day is not just one continuous stretch of time – it’s a ton of tiny moments strung together in sequence. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re not spending all your time doing things related to your wedding day.
Yes, it’s important to book florists and venues, but it’s also important to not let wedding planning consume your entire life. When you find yourself spending all of your time planning your wedding, take a step back, get some space in between all the madness, and remind yourself why you began planning your wedding in the first place.
This way, you’ll be able to organize your thoughts, figure out how to prioritize what’s most important to you and pick up the pieces once you’re done.
6. Have a Plan and Stick To It
Making sure that a wedding goes as planned is a challenge in and of itself. Ideally, you should have a plan ready ahead of time that you’ve carefully thought through.
If you’re like most people, you won’t even realize how much energy your wedding is draining off of you until it’s all done and over with. But focusing on the plan you have so far can help calm you down and remind you of just how important the day truly is.
If you find yourself getting too anxious or distracted from your wedding, don’t be afraid to let your partner know what you’re dealing with and ask for some respite from all the craziness.
That way, you’ll be able to better identify the things that are stressing you out, make more informed decisions about how to handle them, and keep things on track.
From Engagement Rings to Wedding Rings – Wrapping It Up
Wedding planning can be challenging and even stressful for a lot of couples. If this sounds like you, then you need to make sure that you stay on top of things and make sure that you’re having a good time, while also keeping your sanity intact.
Whether you’re planning a small, intimate wedding or a large, extravagant affair, these six tips should help you have a great day with your friends and family, and immerse yourself in the shared experiences.