Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful experiences you are likely to have; not because of the individual tasks it involves but because of your overwhelming desire for the day to go perfectly.
There are plenty of variables that you cannot dictate – weather, traffic, illness – and you must simply either react to or have contingency plans in place for; but you can help yourself by not letting your stress levels get too high over the course of the months preceding the big day.
Below are five suggestions of how you can stay sane:
Bring a calm friend on board – One of the most crucial parts of wedding planning is who you surround yourself with as you sketch out the occasion. If you are the bride or groom you are likely to get quite riled up during the process, so you want somebody calm, collected and organised to help you out.
Pay extra for certainty- Nobody likes to overpay for their big day but sometimes it can be worth shelling out a little extra to achieve a little more certainty, particularly when it comes to crucial aspects of the ceremony; for example, if you are ordering a veil shortly before the event, then pay a little extra to use a courier parcel delivery service.
Start booking everything VERY early – It is surprising how early people book everything for their wedding; it is also hugely frustrating when you have your heart set on something and then find out it is unavailable. The earlier you start looking for bands, caterers and cake decorators, the less chance you have of being disappointed.
Give yourself time off – Do not forget to give yourself regular breaks from thinking about the event. This does not mean reading a book while frantically thinking about the wedding; it means genuinely taking your mind off it.
Accept some flaws – Perhaps at some point in the history of mankind there has been a wedding that has gone perfectly to plan, but chances yours will not be the one. Some things will go wrong and you need to be ready to accept it.