It’s common knowledge that brides get stressed before their big day, and with so much to plan and organise we can’t say we blame them.
However, although it may be a natural occurance pre wedding day, it’s still not a nice feeling. We’ve therefore got together with WeddingPath to give you some top stress free tips.
Top tip one: Write it all down
Start a detailed notebook with sub sections for the guest list, presents received, thank you letters etc. Jot down things that you need to remember and find online sources of information to be guided by. WeddingPath.co.uk have a very useful resource of downloadable factsheets complete with checklists to tick off to ensure you’ve considered all of the options.
Top tip two: Your wedding phonebook
Keep a separate phonebook just for the wedding, listing everything including your guest’s details and all of your suppliers. There is nothing more infuriating searching for a telephone number when you can have it all at hand. Your little ‘white’ book is also useful to have to hand in your beautiful bag on your wedding day just incase! WeddingPath offer some very useful planning tools which create contact lists for those who like to manage their wedding electronically.
Top tip three: Collect your inspiration
Find a shoebox, decorate it with a pretty ribbon and fill it with wedding inspiration such as swatches of materials, colour schemes, magazine cuttings and twinkly things. Not only will this help your planning but will also be a lovely keepsake after your big day.
Top tip four: Personal recommendations
Ask your friends and family for personal recommendations when choosing your suppliers. If you’re interested in a new supplier and they are unknown to you and your friends why not ask the supplier for a few of their client’s contact details so you can ask them about the service they received. Alternatively, you can have a look online for any feedback on wedding forums.
Top tip five: Examples
Even if you’ve been strongly recommended to use a particular supplier be sure to ask to have a look at some of their previous work. Any experienced wedding supplier will have a portfolio of case studies and options to present to you.
Top tip six: Insurance
Take out wedding insurance. It costs much less than you think and offers valuable peace of mind.
Top tip seven: Look after those pennies
Decide on a budget and stick to it. It is much better to cut back the guest list than to stint on the quality of the reception. Other money saving tips could include having a chocolate wedding cake and serving it for dessert and asking a friend who has a flashy car to take you to the Church instead of the expensive limo. WeddingPath.co.uk have a very useful budget planner tool should you wish to look at some average figures for items first.
Top tip eight: Delegate!
Be sure to choose your attendants carefully. Calm, sensible, practical and organised ushers and bridesmaids can be very useful to you. Make the most of them and ensure you delegate some of the tasks.
Top tip nine: Party in advance
Stag and hen parties are an absolute must – any excuse for a party – but ensure that you enjoy these at least one week before your big day. Consider alternatives such as a spa day which will leave you looking relaxed and beautiful rather than exhausted and red eyed!
Top tip ten: Remember it’s your day
Try to accommodate your guests and parents as much as possible but always remember that it is your day. Don’t get too bogged down with other people’s whims and fancies; you won’t be able to please everybody.