As soon as you get engaged, it seems like a ticking time bomb is waiting for the day you get married. While wedding planning can be overwhelming, it shouldn’t be! Don’t get caught up in the small things and lose sight of the meaning of this occasion you’re planning. We often let worrying, outside opinions, and pressures interfere with our special moments. Say goodbye to stress and say hello to bliss; here are different ways to make wedding planning fun and stress-free.
Set yourself up for success in the beginning by creating a solid organizational system. Keep all your important documents and contracts in one place, create a “Wedding” folder in your email, and create a checklist to keep up with your priorities and tasks.
Identify Your Priorities
Sometimes, it’s hard to identify what you should tackle first because there seems to be an endless list of details and tasks you need to accomplish before the big day. It may be easier said than done, but you should identify what isimportant to you. Perhaps you must include a fully stocked dessert bar, or you’ve had your eye on a specific centerpiece. Whatever it is, prioritize and focus on those elements. Once you tackle the important things, you can plan the other aspects without feeling overwhelmed.
Create a Giant Spreadsheet
When you first begin planning the wedding, you should create a giant spreadsheet to keep tabs on the:
- Guest List
- Timeline of Completed Tasks
- Supplier List & Contacts
This way, you can keep track of each wedding detail as you plan. You can also create a tab for seating plans, music choices, or RSVPs. This is a great place to keep note of anyone who sent a gift or helped in the planning process of your big day. If you keep up with your spreadsheet, your wedding planning will be a breeze.
Keep Up With Your Finances
Weddings can get expensive, especially when you’re looking for floral arrangements, venues, and catering packages. No one wants a financial surprise on their wedding day, so you and your partner must sit down and work together to create a realistic budget. Consider your family’s and friends’ contributions to shaping your budget accordingly.
Keep up with your finances by creating a checklist or spreadsheet to see how much wiggle room you and your partner have left. This will prevent overspending and allow you to splurge on something else.
Your wedding day may seem far away, but it will come sooner than you think. Now, this doesn’t mean you should start freaking out, but you should be timelier and more disciplined. Create deadlines and stick to them!
It can get so easy to put things off and say that you’re going to get to it later, but your to-do list will stress you less if you break each task into sections. Establish realistic goals and make it fun by treating yourself to a reward every time you get a job done.
Hire a Wedding Professional
Working with a wedding professional is the best way to make your wedding planning fun and stress-free. Whether you hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, finding a great wedding expert can ease your worries. It’s important to interview multiple professionals to know who is the best fit for you, your partner, and your budget. These professionals are here to help take some stress off your shoulders to create the best wedding experience.
Don’t Overcomplicate Your Planning
If you overthink and overcomplicate things, you will make the wedding planning process more stressful than it needs to be. While personal details are important, you shouldn’t go beyond your budget or do overly complicated DIY projects. Wedding planning should be fun! You should enjoy watching all your ideas come to life.
The most important advice we can give you is to not lose sight of what truly matters: you and your partner are getting married. It’s tempting to think you control everything, but you can’t. While planning your wedding, live in the present for a couple of moments.
Go out on a date or two to help yourself destress while spending time with the one you love. The best weddings are the ones with warmth, happiness, and character—not an elaborate centerpiece or decorative accent. So don’t stress. Your wedding will be beautiful.