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The Guide To Having a Stress Free Wedding

Updated: Oct 30


Good News.

If you are feeling stressed at the thought of your wedding, you are not alone. It is no secret that planning a wedding and even the wedding day itself can be a headache. Between catering, bridesmaids, groomsmen, the reception, décor, your wedding dress, etc.… there are A LOT of moving parts. With all these moving parts, it can get hectic fast. You might end up having people coming up to you the day of asking all sorts of questions.

What order do we walk down the aisle in?

Who has the rings?

When are we cutting the cake?

How are we getting to the reception?

The officiant is late, should I call him?

All while you are trying to get ready and soak in every moment of your special day. It is enough to make anyone’s head spin.

But, it does not have to be like that. Nor should it be. Your wedding day is a magical day that you should be looking forward to and treasuring forever. When you look back on the photos, you should be remembering a day of bliss, not everything that went wrong. So how do you achieve that?





















Plan out every detail.

When it comes to your wedding, it is much better to be overprepared than underprepared. First, create a clear and detailed timeline of the day while allowing buffers just in case there are delays or something goes wrong.


Once you have your timeline down, create lists of important information. Here are a few examples of lists to create:


- Each vendor contact information.

- Bridesmaids and groomsmen contact information.

- Everyone you want to get photos with.

- What jobs you can delegate and whom you can delegate them to.

- What are scenarios that could go wrong and what are your backup plans.


Planning out every detail of the day and making important lists like these can help you feel prepared and prevent issues before they even have a chance to surface.




Delegate.

Of course, having a day- of coordinator will take care of this issue but what if you do not have one? Having a clear timeline, the contact information for vendors and everything in between written down will allow you to pass them off to someone else. Figure out who you can trust to oversee some of the moving pieces so you can put your feet up and relax the day of. Who will take care of the centerpieces? Who will have the wedding bands? The more of these tasks you can hand off, the better.

Communication is key.

Be sure to follow up with vendors a few weeks before the wedding to ensure everything has been communicated clearly. This can help to achieve that everyone is on the same page and that things will go as smoothly as possible.

Likewise, make sure anyone who you have delegated jobs to has a clear understanding of your expectations. Having someone in charge of the centerpieces will do little good if they are running up to you to make sure they made them to your liking while you are getting ready. Go over every detail with whoever is helping you to ensure they feel confident in what they are doing.



All in one wedding location.

A venue where both the bride and groom can get ready & where both the ceremony and reception can take place will be a lifesaver! This can eliminate the possibility of delays, simplify the planning process, create equal attendance for the ceremony & reception and much more.

Wedding day emergency kit.

With so many moving parts and people, another big tip to avoiding the craziness that can come with your wedding day, is having a wedding day emergency kit. Here are some items you should include:


-double stick fashion tape

-sewing kit

-safety pins

-anti blister balm

-portable clothing steamer

-stain remover pen

-lint roller

-bobby pins

-hairspray

-blotting papers

If something doesn’t go to plan, it is okay.

Most importantly, if something does happen that was not in the plan, remind yourself that it is not the end of the world. Remember that this day is to celebrate the love that you and your partner share.



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