Ask around, and we reckon that a lot of couples will tell you how their wedding day was one of the best days of their lives – if not the best. But what this won’t tell you is how much planning and hard work goes into making it such a special occasion. And it can be a really stressful time too. Who to invite, where to sit them, and what to feed them – there’s no shortage of things to think about. So, how can you ensure that planning for your big day is as fun as it should be and have a stress-free wedding?
Why stress over a happy occasion?
We all know that stress isn’t good for the mind or body. But we also know that you want things to be perfect for YOUR big day. The recent Covid-19 restrictions haven’t done much to help the stress levels of couples getting married in recent months. Yet it’s important to keep upbeat as much as possible at the planning stage and focus on that end goal in sight.
Identify priorities and assign tasks
Sure – it’s easy to say this. It’s less easy to do so when you’re trying to handle everything that needs handling. So, let’s think about some practical steps you can take. And the first is to take a step back. Hold on, what? Take a step back? What do we mean? Well, it means looking at all the various tasks that need doing and giving them an order in which they need to be done.
Focus on booking the venue or deciding on the guest list before getting into the finer points. It shouldn’t all have to be on one person either. Share the tasks as a couple. Or even ask friends and family to help out. It’ll lighten the load first and foremost, and it’ll hopefully help you keep a clear mind as the days and weeks start to count down towards the happy day.
Setting a budget… and sticking to it
It can be tempting to get carried away with your budget. But the reality is that few people have an unlimited pot of money to pay for their wedding. Finances have an uncanny ability to be a real flashpoint in a relationship and it’s one of the fundamental reasons why divorce solicitors see unreasonable behaviour as the most common grounds for divorce in the UK.
To avoid unnecessary and unwanted arguments over money, have clear budgets when planning your special day. Make them non-negotiable red lines that aren’t to be crossed. Or if you do opt to spend a little more on a certain aspect, be prepared to compromise on another. It’ll keep full control over those costs – and ensure that you aren’t left with a bill you can’t afford to pay.
Above all, don’t let any bumps in the road throw you off track with your planning. If something doesn’t work out or someone lets you down, don’t dwell on it. Think about any problem as that brand-new opportunity that’ll make your day even more special. And remember there’s nothing that can’t be replaced or re-imagined on your big day. There will always be a solution.
Ultimately, giving everything careful thought and having a clear roadmap will put you in a great position for a stress-free wedding. It’ll ensure you get what you want, deal with any issues, and have the day of your life.