You have said yes to your significant other and now the fun begins. Wedding planning can be a very stressful event. In fact, it can seem like a full time job. Here are seven tips for you to help keep your wedding planning stress free.
This one you do not want to leave until the last minute. You should sit down with your partner and brainstorm about who you would want to invite to your wedding. List everyone possible. It is easier to cut down on the size and you are not likely to forget anyone. Once you have that list, think about who you really want at your wedding. You may have relatives and friends you feel obliged to invite. That is fine as long as you include your choice guests also. Make an index card with your guests names and addresses. This will serve as a place to write RSVP information and gift information. Once the wedding is over you will have a small box with everything you need for your thank you notes.
If you have a particular venue in mind book it in advance. If you are not set on your venue take the time to shop around and see what they have to offer. Some might give discounts per number of guests or they may not charge as much if you do not serve alcohol. Take you time and ask any question that you might think of. You can never ask a venue too many questions.
3. Wedding planner
If things get too overwhelming you should consider hiring a wedding planner, even if it just to get you started and organized. Most wedding planners are willing to be paid for a certain amount of time. You can hire them for the first month and then take over whenever you feel ready. If you are coasting along okay and then hit a bump closer to the wedding you can hire an end planner to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
Number your index cards with the names and addresses on them and then put a small corresponding number on the back of your RSVP’s. That will help you keep your responses in order. If Uncle Jim wants to add an extra person you will know right away and be ready to plan for that.
5. Take some dance lessons
Learn how to dance for your wedding and you will wow your guests as your partner spins you around on the floor for your first dance. You will not look like you have two left feet and you will have the confidence to dance the night away. During those lessons you should try and wear the shoes you will be wearing during the reception. It will help break them in and you will dance more confidently in them.
Speaking of Uncle Jim, when you plan the amount of food for your wedding you should add five extra meals or five extra guests to the final count. That way the plus twos you were not expecting will not be as much of a problem. Also a buffet may help with extra people or ones that have a larger appetite. Just add a few extra numbers to your guest list and it will cover the food.
Remember, this is your day. This is the day you will celebrate for the rest of your life. You will have things go wrong, but they will not be as important as what is going right. You should relax and take this time in. This is your day so enjoy it and let everything else go. Happiness is what you are aiming for. That will be easy if you just let the little things go.