Wedding planning – equal parts excitement and disdain. It’s a day that, mentally, you spend a lifetime planning but, when it comes to doing it for real, the entire process is enough to send any couple into a stress-fuelled frenzy.
With numerous arrangements to make, suits and dresses to fit and guests to invite, it is little wonder why planning the big day is regarded as one of the most stressful things anyone will ever do. Even leaving everything in the hands of one party to plan doesn’t help stress levels (we have all see Don’t Tell the Bride, after all), and just because it is a small wedding doesn’t mean things will be any easier.
So, how do you make wedding planning easy? Well, let me tell you…
Delegation, Delegation, Delegation
Delegate! Make use of friends and family as they will only be more than happy to help out where they can (at least they should be). Parents, bridesmaids and the best man should be your first port of call to help with making arrangements and picking up essentials – not only do they feel more involved with your big day, it’s another thing less to worry about.
Events such as the hen and stag-do shouldn’t be something for the bride and groom to worry about organising, either. That’s what the bridesmaids and best man are there for – to give you a night that you will never forget (or remember) without you even having to lift as much as a finger in the process.
One aspect that can easily be overlooked when planning a wedding is catering. It’s one of the main expenses of a wedding, as well as a major time consumer. Place one or two people who you trust to be organised in charge of catering.
Pick a Venue with an Experienced Events Team
The wedding venue is the first thing that engaged couples look for when it comes to planning the big day. Certainly, the most important piece of the puzzle, picking the right venue can literally make or break your wedding.
A venue, though, should be much more than simply a venue; more than an empty room that you have for the day to do with what you will. The right wedding venue will come complete with an experienced team that will be on hand to pick up some of the slack of helping to plan your day from the moment you pay the deposit until the DJ has played the last song of the night.
Granted, venues that offer events teams can cost more than simply hiring out space, but it is more than worth the time and hassle it will save. Log on to http://www.goosedale.uk/wedding-venue/ for a good example of what to look for in your wedding venue.
Keep Your Colour Scheme Simple
It is commonplace for weddings to a have a colour scheme with which the couple will decorate their venue to be complemented by attire worn on the day. To save headaches for you and everyone else involved, elect for a simple and plain colour scheme – such as yellow or blue for example – that is easy to follow and coordinate. This will make finding decorations, clothes and accessories in the relevant colours much easier to find, meaning that the chances of having someone, or something, stick out like a sore thumb in those all-important wedding pictures are considerably lower.
Allow Ample Time to Plan
There is a reason why many couples allow a year or two to plan a wedding, and it is because trying to cram everything into such a small space of time is a nightmare (again, look at Don’t Tell the Bride). Not only does allowing a year or two give adequate time to slowly plan your big day, it also allows you to save up as weddings are not cheap!
As stressful as wedding plan may be, it should also be one of the most exciting times in your life as it marks an important landmark. Don’t rush this and enjoy it because, remember, good things come to those who wait.
*This is a collaborative post.