7 Wedding planning tips to help you de-stress
1. Hire a wedding planner
This one might seem somewhat counterintuitive, but almost all of these helpful tips on this list won’t even have to be considered if you just hire a wedding planner. If your budget allows for it, this may be one of the biggest time and stress relievers that you can pay for. If you’re still trying to decide if you want a wedding planner, check out our blog on the different benefits of having a wedding planner.
For those of you who are going to plan the wedding yourself, the rest of these tips should really come in handy!
2. Hire a day of coordinator
If you can’t afford to hire a full wedding planner, I’d at least recommend you get a day of coordinator, that way on the day of the wedding you’re able to enjoy the day instead of trying to make sure your vendors are on time and make sure everything comes together perfectly. If you’re taking the time to plan the wedding yourself, do yourself a favor and hire a coordinator that way they can execute the plan on the day of. The wedding day goes by sooo fast, trust me when I say this ones hard to pass up on.
At the very least, get a trusted friend or family member to cover some of the day of tasks, with the understanding that they’re not professionals and that things may not be perfect.
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3. Get organized
If you do decide to plan your own wedding, then organization will be your best friend. It probably wouldn’t hurt to be organized even if you did hire one.
The key with organizing your stuff is to keep everything in one place at all times.
For the people who like to have everything in paper/physical form, get a binder and start to put everything in the same place so it's easy to find and easy to navigate. Getting a binder with folders can help a ton with this as well.
For the people who like to keep everything online (this ones definitely for me), I’d recommend using google drive or dropbox and making folders for all the different vendors and documents. If you get anything physical, you can take pictures or scan documents to keep everything digital.
Next is to organize your time.
Once again, for the people who prefer physical things, get a planner and make sure to schedule out everything you need to get and everyone you need to meet and talk to.
For the people who prefer the digital side, Google calendar is a super useful tool and it allows you to invite other people to meetings, add addresses, pick notification times so you won’t forget about it and so much more. I personally live and die by google calendar and it’s helped manage my busy schedule immensely.
4. Manage a budget
Not properly managing your budget is likely going to be one of the most stressful parts of your wedding. Just simply hoping and praying that you’ll stay in budget is a recipe for disaster. First, I’d recommend finding out your total budget, whether that’s what you and your fiance are contributing, or your parents or grandparents are helping out as well, you’ll want to total that all up to know where you’re starting.
I put together this editable wedding budget template (Google sheets) that you can use to track and manage all your expenses for your wedding day.
5. Do your research
On the bright side, if you do decide to plan your own wedding, you can find pretty much unlimited resources for free on the internet. It’s just a matter of sifting through it and putting it all together. If you need to learn about a certain topic, you can find tons of information on the internet.
My goal with this group is to be able to help organize and condense all that information into one place, so if you have a topic that you want to learn more about that you’d like me to research, let me know!
6. Don’t spend too much time to make decisions
I’m NOT suggesting that you rush your decisions or that you shouldn’t do your research and all that. But I am suggesting that you don’t take months and months on end to make decisions.
The biggest reason for this is that you don’t want to lose your wedding date for that venue or the photographer or really just cause any scheduling conflicts since you’re kind of trying to get the stars to align here.
You also don’t want to wait so long that you’re putting yourself in a time crunch, which is going to cause a lot of unneeded stress. If you struggle with making decisions in a timely manner, try setting yourself due dates on when you need to decide by. (Try putting it in your planner or google calendar that we talked about earlier)
7. Involve your fiance
As tempting as it is to make all the decisions for the wedding day all by yourself, you really should get your fiance as involved as possible. Your fiance can help you make those decisions a bit faster and it’ll help them to get more excited about the wedding day since it’s something they were involved in.
The last thing you want is to cause any kind of frustration or resentment towards each other during the wedding planning process. Afterall, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them.