When most people think of weddings, they think of a joyous and beautiful day filled with love and amazement. What they don’t think of, however, is the stress that goes into planning that day. Wedding planning can be a stressful time for the couple and their families. By following a few simple tips, you can enjoy stress-free wedding planning.

Plan Ahead…But Not Too Far Ahead

You don’t want to plan your wedding under a tight, stressful deadline. Trying to pull everything together at the last minute will only add to your stress. Give yourself several months to plan all of the elements of your day. Don’t make the mistake, however, of planning too far in advance. The more time you have to plan, the more things are going to go wrong and stress you out. Planning a year in advance is enough time to get everything organized for your wedding day. You will need to line up good vendors and find reliable resources for your wedding. Find a reputable company like to handle your invitation printing like online printing with smartpress.com, for example. Anything longer than a year to plan is a recipe for stress.

Accept That Things Will Go Wrong

Things are going to go wrong during your wedding planning and on your wedding day. The florist won’t be able to order the exact flowers you had in mind, the limo you wanted won’t be available and one of the bridesmaids will get sick. There are a million things that can go wrong when planning an event, and keeping a cool head will help you to avoid stress. Always have a second and third choice when it comes to getting the things you want for your wedding. Don’t pin all of your hopes on a specific venue, dress or any other aspect of your wedding. By being flexible you will avoid stress and disappointment.

Keep Your Family in Check

Weddings bring out the worst in families. While, for the most part, your family will be supportive of your choices, there will be those that try to take over your wedding. Mothers, bridesmaids, sisters and guests will all have opinions about what you should wear, where you should get married and what you should serve at your reception. Remember that you and your partner have the final say in your wedding-related decisions. Gently remind your family and friends that it is your wedding. While you respect their opinions, the final choice is yours.

With all of the stress of wedding planning, it can be easy to forget your partner. Don’t forget the reason for the wedding. Take time out to appreciate your spouse-to-be. Wedding planning is stressful. Cut down on the headache by following these simple tips for a stress-free wedding.

 


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One Response to “Planning a “Mostly” Stress Free Wedding”
  1. Great tips for keeping the stress down in wedding planning. One thing I wish I had done differently was not to always be talking to my spouse about wedding planning. I was a bit obsessive, and it caused some troubles. If you give yourself a year to plan, as suggested in this post, weekly wedding planning sessions will leave plenty of room to enjoy your year of engagement. As for things going wrong, one of my bridesmaids had a C-section the night before my wedding. Her dress, tailor-made to fit her pregnant belly, was rehemmed the night before and made to fit my wedding coordinator, who was also a very good friend of ours. She stood in for her, which made it a brilliant choice on our part to employ a friend as coordinator instead of a stranger.

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