Keep Your Wedding Day Simple and Stress-Free

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013

Remember when you were a child and things seemed so simple? You’re a boy, so you have cooties. I hate broccoli therefore I hate all vegetables. My one and only duty for the day is to color the walls in crayon. Simple!

We even had fun little rhymes to tell us how life works:

First comes love… then comes marriage… then comes the baby in the baby carriage!

Of course we’ve all learned that with age comes responsibility, and with responsibility comes stress, and maybe love did come first, but then maybe the baby came after that and now you’re planning the marriage part.

Maybe life isn’t as black and white as it seemed when we were younger. It turns out that more often than not, what is simple in theory usually becomes clouded in the stress; stress about decorations and scheduling and reservations and making sure Aunt Barbara is happy with the flowers you chose.

Yes, that’s right… we’re talking about your wedding! More and more it seems that the time between “I said yes!” and “I do!” turns from celebrating love to wanting to pull your hair out because you’re focusing on making everyone happy except yourself!

At the very core of your wedding day, it comes down to you and your soon-to-be spouse. It’s about celebrating your love and commitment to one another. Plain and simple.

Here are some great tips on making sure your wedding day stays that way, so you can be stress-free and actually enjoy your big day!


1. Don’t try to do it all

This is your day and you should be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Have someone there for you who you can trust to handle all of the little things.

Is one of your bridesmaids having a hard time finding the church? Are you short one boutonniere? Do you have spinach stuck in your teeth from your pre-wedding snack?

Your wedding day should be as stress-free as possible, so choose a good friend (hopefully someone with a lot of patience) to help with any last-minute details or fiascos. This will make your day much more relaxed.


2. Leave it to the professionals

Yes, it’s great that Uncle Harry volunteered to record your wedding video, but you didn’t realize that he would be narrating a play-by-play of the entire ceremony as well.

When it comes to the details of your wedding, leave it to the professionals! Whether it’s flowers or cake, photographers or caterers, the pros are pros for a reason. While weddings may be new terrain for you, they most certainly are not for professional vendors.

In a recent survey, 21% of brides said they wished they had spent more money on a wedding photographer. Be sure you choose someone who knows what they’re doing so you know you truly get your money’s worth! You’ll be glad you did. Uncle Harry can save his videography skills for recording the next family reunion.


3.  Location is everything

Every time you move to a new location, not only are you in danger of someone getting lost or something getting left behind, you are also taking up valuable time.

Try to minimize the number of locations throughout your day (ceremony, reception, photos) to just three. If you can get all of this done in one place, even better! You are sure to save yourself a lot of hassle when you don’t have to worry about travel time, traffic and reciting directions for everyone.

Also be mindful of your guests and the amount of downtime they have. One great way to avoid your guests getting bored or lost or hungry is to take bride and groom pictures before the wedding. When your guests are happy, you are happy and everyone can enjoy the day!

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