Is a stress free wedding really possible? YES. Oh, a million times yes. Planning a wedding is one of life’s biggest moments, but there’s no excuse for you to morph into some crazy girl running from bridal store to craft store with a cell phone on one ear in total freak-out mode. That whole bridezilla thing doesn’t look good on anyone. Yes, plan and prepare, but don’t go crazy. Breathe. Relax. Browse your favorite wedding blogs. Enter wedding giveaways. Have fun with it. To keep you on the right track, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stress free wedding pointers below. PLUS, we’re giving away a wedding planning book so you (or your daughter, sister, or best friend) can plan with inspiration! Read on to find out more…
Is a Stress Free Wedding Really Possible?
1. Make a list
A list or pro’s and con’s list goes a long way. Can’t decide which venue? Make a pro’s and con’s list. Unsure where to start? Make a list. It will keep you sane and remind you what’s important to tackle — and when.
2. Embrace friends and family
Family and friends are there to help, whether by telling you how awesome your big day will be, helping you with a killer color scheme, or by volunteering to put together a thousand wedding favors a few days before the wedding. If you need help, ask!
3. The Rule
The Rule is something I followed while planning my wedding. The Rule states that, No Matter What Happens, If You’re Married at the End of the Day, It Was Perfect. See? Nothing can get in the way of you now, you’re superwoman. Cake falls over? Oh well – guests love sheet cake, too, and they won’t care! Food never arrived? Pizza places deliver 364 days a year! Heel breaks? Barefoot is more comfortable anyway. There’s really no problem to big to handle, as long as you tie the knot. That’s what’s important anyway.
4. Plan YOUR Day, YOUR Way
Nothing causes stress more than trying to please everyone. It’s your wedding. Plan the day YOU want, not what anyone else wants.
5. Expect less
You’re a bride-to-be, so naturally you want everything to be perfect, right? There’s no problem with that, except that vendors you’re working with are handling weddings for other brides, too. Be patient, don’t make unrealistic expectations, and be kind. Kindness goes a long way. (And, if you expect less, you won’t be disappointed.) Of course, it goes without saying that if a vendor treats you poorly, move on — there are many wedding vendors who would love to help you.
6. Give yourself enough time
Less time = more stress.
7. Be realistic with your budget
Spend within your means, not out of bounds. Debt = stress.
8. Remember what’s important.
9. Get inspired.
Feel unsure where to start? How to plan? Get inspired! Follow your favorite wedding blogs, flip through bridal magazines, and get inspired with a wedding planning book. When you feel prepared and inspired, the stress will just melt away.
Win a signed copy of The Handcrafted Wedding by Emma Arendoski, editor of Emmaline Bride!
Between 10/24-10/30/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Handcrafted Wedding by Emma Arendoski! “Bursting with creativity and fun, The Handcrafted Wedding is an idea book with more than 340 concepts, ideas, styles, and projects to take your wedding day from mundane to magnificent.” Get wedding planning tips, get inspired with handcrafted ideas, and more! Free shipping to U.S. and Canada. One (1) lucky winner will be randomly selected to win. No cash value. No purchase necessary. Use entry form below to enter. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!