Planning a wedding is undeniably a fun and exciting time, but in amongst all the preparation, it’s easy to become anxious and stressed out about the big day. While the occasion itself is there to celebrate you as a couple, it can end up seeming more like an excuse for a party for your guests.
We all know that wedding planning can be an incredibly complicated, stressful and expensive task, but there’s no reason to make things more difficult than they need to be. If you are in the midst of organising your wedding, first of all – massive congratulations are in order! But secondly, here are some top tips, tricks and ideas guaranteed to help your special day go as smoothly as possible.
Plan, Plan, Plan
After a while, even the most organised and efficient people can become tired of planning. When you’re organising a wedding, there is no end of things waiting to be bought, planned and requiring attention, so it’s important to keep track of where you are with everything at any given time. Planning may seem boring and time-consuming, but it’s a more than worthwhile exercise. Keep a wedding planner or scrapbook if you’re feeling a little demotivated – making the process fun and creative can help to keep you interested and on top of things.
Order in Advance
Another point with links to the planning process, with so much to do, it’s all too easy for something important to get overlooked. If you book up your chosen venue, florist, caterers and entertainment in plenty of time, not only will you guarantee yourself your first choice, but you will also have less to worry about as the big day approaches. Similarly, some venues may offer bespoke wedding packages or an event management team dedicated to helping you organise the day of your dreams – check this site out for more information. Once something is done and booked or bought, you can then cross it off your list and focus on the next thing. By planning what you can in advance and tackling the checklist step by step, you’ll be organised and ready in no time at all!
Keep the Kids Busy
Will you be inviting families and children to your wedding? If there will be little ones present, it’s important that you are fully prepared to accommodate everyone from your oldest to your youngest guest. Young children can easily become bored at weddings, particularly if there is no-one else to play with or their parents are busy paying attention to the bride and groom instead of them! If you can, it might be a good idea to sit families with children of a similar age together to enable the kids to play together and entertain themselves. Alternatively, you could set out colouring books, pots of bubbles or small (and quiet!) toys as wedding favours on the tables where children will be sitting. Not only will things go smoothly, but their parents are sure to thank you for thinking ahead too!
Avoid Catering Calamities
Who doesn’t love free food? Whether you’re planning a sit-down meal or a traditional buffet-style feast, make sure that there is plenty of choices and everything is organised and finalised in plenty of time. It may also be worth letting guests know what you will be serving so they can make their own plans accordingly – particularly if they will be travelling or your wedding falls over lunch or dinner time. It’s also advisable to take note of any dietary requirements any of your guests may have. Not only will you be able to cater to their needs, but they are sure to appreciate the extra special care and thought you have put in for them.
If you are feeling stressed out by wedding planning checklists, budgets, and a seemingly never-ending to-do list, it’s important to take some time out and remember the reasons why you are going to all this effort in the first place. Your wedding is an incredibly special time – the perfect opportunity to tie the knot and agree to spend the rest of your life by the side of the person you love.
Just remember – when you look into their eyes and say “I do”, all your hard work will be more than worth it.