3 Tips to Manage Stress During Wedding PlanningMarch 27, 2017 by The Marquardt Ranch
Planning a wedding can be stressful. After all, it’s a major life event that brings not just two people, but two families together. The extensive list of little details, personality clashes from well-meaning but sometimes unhelpful family members, and last minute emergencies can be enough to drive even the most easy-going of brides crazy. Thankfully, the collected wisdom of numerous brides and wedding professionals has allowed us to gather a few stress-reducing tips for your wedding planning so you can stay calm and collected rather than turning into a stressed out Bridezilla.
Be Specific, Flexible, and Simple
When describing your dream décor to your vendors, be specific! If you have a particular shade of champagne in mind, find a Pantone swatch that you can give to any vendors you use. On the other hand, stay flexible. It’s okay to let your vendors make suggestions for your consideration and to make substitutions if necessary. For example, peonies can be replaced with cabbage roses—they look almost identical, and cabbage roses have a much higher supply compared to their demand, making them more affordable and easier to get, even during peak wedding season. Keep it simple by booking as many services as you can with a single vendor. That way your services can be as streamlined as possible, rather than having twelve different contact points to keep up with.
This might seem redundant, but there are plenty of tips and tricks you may not have considered. For starters, consider having a trial run of your décor—this will let you be confident that all the elements work as you imagined they would. Next, make a Google Sheets document with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and other details of each guest. You can number the list, too, which leads into the next suggestion—numbering your return envelopes. For each wedding invite you send out, put the corresponding number of each guest on the back of their RSVP envelope. This way you can easily keep track of responses. You can also pre-address your thank-you notes. Although you will write each note itself after your wedding, addressing the envelopes ahead of time can save you a major headache after the fact. If you’re worried about outfit woes, avoid the stress of uncooperative undergarments by having your seamstress sew them into your dress. This will relieve the need for any awkward fidgeting or re-positioning! Finally, print an emergency calling list to give to your vendors and bridal party that details who they should call if they have questions.
Attend bridal expos early in your planning stages to get an idea of what’s available and to enter into various raffles (free honeymoon, anyone?). Later, you can attend designer trunk shows, where representatives can offer you better prices than buying off the rack. Another money-saving tip is to recycle your ceremony’s flowers for your reception. Certain arrangements can be easily transformed from a wide arch to numerous centerpieces, or the arch itself could be moved to the reception to make a beautiful backdrop for the bride and groom, the cake, or the gift table!
What’s your number one wedding planning stress-management tip?