If you’ve clicked on this article, I don’t need to mention how stressful planning a wedding can be. Clearly you’re already to the point that you’re doing web searches for advice on the matter. And don’t worry; it’s perfectly normal. People get stressed out over throwing a surprise birthday party, so when it comes to an event that takes months and months of planning, a seriously tight budget and holds as much significance that it is often consider the most important day of your life, it’s only natural that you would start feeling some serious pressure. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few ways to ease your mind.
1.) Brainstorm. This is actually the part of wedding planning everyone lives for! All you need to do right now is figure out the look, feel and mood that you want to accomplish. Talk to your fiancé to make sure both of your input is heard out. Do you want a large or small wedding? What do you want for wedding colors? Do you want something fancy and elegant or more on the casual side? Go crazy on Pinterest for a few days and find as much inspiration as you can. After you get this locked down, you’ll have a better idea of what actually needs done for the planning.
2.) Decide on a budget. You’ll need to decide on two budgets, basically: a number that you’d like to stay around, if possible, and another number that is your absolute maximum. So for example maybe your goal is around $10,000 but your cap is at $13,000. Two numbers allow you for some leeway but make sure you won’t let things get completely out of control.
3.) Prioritize. The hardest part of planning a wedding is often just starting to actual plan the darn thing. So sit down, take a moment, and prioritize. There are a few necessities that need to be taken care of as soon as possible, especially the ones that tend to be booked out months (and sometimes years) in advance. Your venue and your dress will be two priorities. Venues tend to fill up fast and your dress will most likely take months to prepare (between fittings, alterations, and custom touches).
4.) Delegate. You don’t have to do everything! So put a little bit of the work off on other people. Your mother-in-law that’s just dying to be a part of the planning can make appointments, stuff envelopes and pick up DIY decoration supplies. Your fiancé can work on any specific projects he’s interested (the band or the food), and your friends can help research florist and baker prices. Weddings are special times and people often want to be a part of it, so let them!
5.) Enjoy yourself. Planning a wedding is stressful, sure, but it is also a very exciting time. Stop and take a look around every once in a while. You’re getting married. Think about how fortunate you are to find someone to share your life with and the commitment the both of you are making to each other. So invite a bunch of your girlfriends over for Margaritas and to have a Four Weddings marathon. Hey, technically you’re just doing research, right?
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