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10 Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Planning

Wedding planning can be beyond stressful and there are times where it can feel as though your whole life revolves around the planning of your big day. But, there are ways to stay away from the stress and to get a little bit of your life back. Keep reading to find out some of our tips for stress-free wedding planning!

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1. Try and choose a single location

If you go ahead and choose a single location that is capable of holding your ceremony, reception and even hotel accommodations, so much stress can be relieved. This can help you save money and time. Having everything in one venue can keep you from having to figure out all of the logistics that go into having various venues.

2. Be clear with your vendors.

It’s so important to make sure your communication with your vendors is clear. Show them what you are wanting and expecting versus just saying it. There are so many shades of pink that can be totally up for interpretation unless you show your vendor which shade you are wanting. Show pictures, provide swatches and be in communication with your vendors to ensure you are getting what you want.

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3. Hire vendors that you know you can trust.

Finding great vendors can alleviate so much stress. Find vendors you know can bring your vision to life such as photographers, florists, bakers, etc. Make sure you are reading their reviews and looking at their past projects. Hiring a great team of vendors can really take a lot of the expectations off of you. It is your job to stay in communication with them, to let go and trust in their abilities. Hiring friends and family may be a big money saver, but usually doesn’t turn out how you want. We have spotlighted various vendors on our blog that we have worked alongside and would recommend to each of our brides!

4. Make sure your schedule remains open.

There are so many things that need to get done for the actual day of your wedding like your nails, hair, brunch plans and other upkeeps. But, keep what you have to do on the morning of your wedding to a minimum. Try and do what is absolutely necessary on the actual day of your wedding such as your hair and makeup. If you fill your morning up with too many appointments, you will spend your time stressing about time instead of taking a moment to enjoy the little things.

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5. Restrain yourself from looking at the venue on the day of the wedding.

You, of course, want to make sure everything will look good and that everything is going alright, but we would advise you to stop yourself from peeking at the reception while everyone is running around setting up. Wait for the moment where you can be fully revealed and when everything is done. Seeing it beforehand can stress you out and will keep you from getting the full effect when you reveal the final room.

6. Try and stay organized.

This may seem like a no brainer but there is so much that can go into organization, especially in terms of a wedding day. Try and keep all of the various documents and contracts in one place whether that is on your computer or in a tangible binder. Organize your email so that you can drop your wedding emails into one folder. Keep track of your finances using a spreadsheet such as google sheets to make sure everything is clear and right in front of you when needed. Or better yet, have us handle all this for you!

7. Recognize your priorities.

Planning a wedding can feel like an endless list of to-do’s, but take some time to think about what is most important to you on your day. What are four to five things you have pictured in your mind and have dreamed about since you were a little girl (or boy)? Put your energy into these elements of your day such as the cake, your bouquet, the food, the lighting because if these things are perfect in your eyes, you are more likely to feel good about your day.

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8. Take a break from wedding planning.

It is so easy to let the planning of your wedding take over your life. You don’t want to start to resent this day because of all the stress that is associated with it. So, make sure you are taking breaks. Designate times of the day or week to where you are not thinking or talking about the wedding. Designate going out to dinner with your fiancé where the conversation is not about the wedding. Take the evenings and watch your favorite show without thinking of the wedding during commercial breaks. You want to make sure you stay refreshed and inspired, not stressed and worried.

9. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

There has never been anything that says a wedding day is a one-man show. Ask your bridal party or family to help with the small tasks the day of. Have someone keep tabs on people so that when it is time for photos, everyone is ready. Have someone organize the place cards. This alone can take away so much stress away.

10. Remain confident.

This is your day and there are very few things that can take away from that. Remain grounded and confident in your decisions. Trust your instincts and stay away from bringing up decisions that took a lot of discussion. There is no way to hold control over everything: things are bound to go wrong. But, as long as you remind yourself of what the day is about, you will enjoy your day that much more. Guests will have fun, you just have to make sure you appreciate the day for what it is because before you know it, it will be over.

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Cherish this process for what it is. Let this day be about you and your person, not about the centerpieces or the flowers. You have people around you that want to make this day all that your dreams have been, so let them help you. Our team would love to alleviate the stress you may be carrying in any way we can.

Images are thanks to:

The Image is Found Photography

The Exposure Studios

Katelyn Nicole Photography

Melanie Grady Photography

Nashville Wedding Collection

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