There is so much that goes into a planning a wedding: time, effort and a lot of decision-making. Luckily there are some things you can do to make the whole process a lot less stressful.
First things first, take some time to get organized before you dive right in. Nothing makes wedding planning more miserable than being unorganized. Before you start planning, take some time to write a to-do list and then prioritize each item. One of the first things you should do is decide on the size of your guest list. Find the magic number by sitting down with your fiancé and writing down the family and friends you each want there. Then make another list of people you would like to invite if it’s possible to accommodate them. Keep in mind, each of your parents may have some people they would like to invite as well, so take that into account and give them a number early on before they tell too many people.
Another thing you can do to stay organized from the very beginning is create an email address specifically for wedding-related emails. This will help keep all of your email correspondence between vendors, family and friends in one place. You can also use this email address to keep people informed as things happen to help to deter repeat questions.
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
It’s important for you to know your options before you start making decisions. Pick your location carefully, and think about your guests. If possible, try to keep the ceremony, reception and hotel locations in close proximity to help cut down on travel time and reduce stress. Also, before buying things for the wedding, consider rentals. You may be able to save yourself time and money by going that route. There are also a lot of DIY projects that can save you money and add a personal touch to your wedding. Investing time in researching the options available for your wedding day is a crucial part of the planning process.
ASK FOR HELP
You don’t need to do everything on your own. Delegate! Let family and friends help, and if it’s in your budget, hire professionals. Wedding planners have valuable experience in this type of preparation so their insight can be very helpful as you plan. If you don’t have a wedding planner, consider hiring a day-of coordinator who can help on the big day. Also research photographers, florists and caterers that fit into your budget so you can utilize their expertise. Booking as many services as you can with a single vendor is another great way to cut down on stress and confusion. If you are feeling overwhelmed at any point, it is better to take a few days off and think about other things.
When you plan your wedding, focus on the fact that you are marrying the person you want to spend the rest of your life with—don’t stress about making everything perfect! Just do what you can and have fun!