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Top Tips for Planning a Stress Free Wedding!

  • Posted 10 months ago

Stress Free Wedding Tips

Just got engaged and now the reality has hit, you have a wedding to plan? Desperate to make the process as fun and stress-free as possible? We get it. You’ve seen it all before, so many of your friends and family have planned a wedding and you have seen how stressed and anxious they got, it’s a lot!

There is no doubt that you are feeling a combination of pure excitement and anxiety, which is completely normal, but here are a few pointers that may help you get off on the right foot and ensure it is as stress-free as possible!

  • Start Early and Set a Realistic Timeline

One of the best ways to ensure a stress-free wedding is to begin planning as soon as possible. The more time you have to plan, the more manageable the process becomes. Most people book their wedding date and the venue just over a year in advance, so if you are keep to get extra organised, aim for the 18-month mark to give yourself more time.

  • Create a Checklist  

Begin by making a comprehensive list of all the tasks that need to be completed, from venue selection to sending thank-you notes. This will help you stay organized and ensure that nothing is overlooked. Better with Excel? There are lots of downloadable spreadsheets which you may find a bit easier. Pop on Etsy and see what is available.

  • Break Down Tasks

Next, break down your tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. Assign deadlines to each task to keep yourself on track, and be sure to adjust your timeline as needed.

Here are three useful links to wedding checklists that can help you stay organized and ensure a stress-free planning process:

  1. The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Checklist: https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-checklist The Knot is a popular wedding planning website, and their comprehensive wedding checklist covers every aspect of planning, from 12+ months out to the day of the wedding.
  2. Brides’ Wedding Planning Checklist: https://www.brides.com/gallery/your-complete-wedding-checklist Brides is another reputable wedding planning resource, and their detailed wedding checklist provides a month-by-month guide to help you stay on track throughout the planning process.
  3. WeddingWire’s Free Wedding Checklist: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-checklist.html WeddingWire is a well-known wedding planning platform that offers a customizable wedding checklist, which can be tailored to your specific needs and timeline.
  • Prioritize and Delegate

When planning a wedding, it’s essential to prioritize the most important aspects and assign responsibilities accordingly. This may be a good time to confirm your bridal party (if you haven’t already). Give them jobs and tasks to take the load off yourself. The chances are, they are desperate to help!

Examples of jobs to delegate to bridal party

  1. Arranging transport on the day of the wedding
  2. Arranging the hen or stag party
  3. Collecting flowers/decor/suits ahead of the wedding day
  4. Helping with DIY decor
  • Identify Top Priorities/Non-Negotiables

Decide which elements of your wedding are most important to you and your partner. This could include the venue, catering, photography, or entertainment. Focusing on these priorities will help you allocate your time and resources effectively.

  • Choose your suppliers

Selecting reliable, experienced suppliers is crucial to ensuring a stress-free wedding. Check out our event marketplace to help find the perfect suppliers for your event. Be sure to ask for testimonials & reviews and do your research before booking. Check out our handy guide on questions to ask when booking wedding suppliers here  

  • Keep Track of Expenses

Create a budget and monitor your spending closely. A simple Excel sheet will do the trick. If you are new to Excel, you can buy ready-made wedding trackers on Etsy! Weddings can quickly become expensive and although some things are hard to cut out completely, there are lots of ways you can keep the costs down, for example

  1. Do you need wedding favours?
  2. Rented suits vs buying?
  3. Does your venue allow you to book your own (sometimes cheaper) catering?

FAQs for planning a stress-free wedding

  1. How far in advance should I start planning my wedding? It’s recommended to start planning your wedding at least 12-18 months in advance. This allows ample time for booking your desired vendors and venue, and ensures a more relaxed planning process.

  2. How can I manage my wedding budget effectively? Create a detailed budget that includes all expected expenses, and track your spending closely. Make adjustments as needed and prioritize the most important aspects of your wedding.

  3. What’s the best way to stay organized during wedding planning? Using a wedding planning tool or app can help you keep track of important dates, vendor information, and budget details. You can also create a physical wedding planning binder to store contracts, receipts, and other important documents.

  4. How do I choose the right suppliers for my wedding? Check out the Go Book It Event Marketplace! Do your research.   Ask lots of questions. Ask friends & family who they have used in the past!

  5. How can I reduce stress during the wedding planning process? Delegate tasks to your wedding party, family, and friends, and make sure to prioritize self-care. Take breaks, practice mindfulness, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.