When it comes to planning a wedding, where do you begin? With a whole host of cultural, technical and logistical aspects to take into consideration, the build-up to your wedding day can be anything but relaxing.
In today’s post, the modest fashion experts from AbayaButh are bringing us the inside scoop on planning a wedding that’s as stress-free as possible – helping future brides achieve the day of their dreams.
Rally the troops
First of all, accept that you can’t do everything yourself. As a bride, it’s understandable that you’ll want to take control over every aspect of your big day, but you’ll soon learn that this is not only not feasible, but will also become a huge cause of stress and worry as the big day looms.
Get together with your best girls and start by throwing some ideas around about table plans, decor and everything else that comes to mind. If you can make the brainstorming part of the fun, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying the lead-up to your wedding day.
As the weeks and months tick by, ask your friends and family to take charge of different aspects of the planning. With one person helping out with the flower arrangements and another coming along to cake-tasting days, you’ll find the whole process far less stressful – and don’t forget the groom can help, too!
When it comes to wedding planning, you can never do enough research. From the gown and guest list to the venue, you’ll find yourself with a world of options at your feet – and this can be overwhelming in the early days of wedding planning.
Start by breaking each aspect of your wedding up into a category. Keep a spreadsheet to stay on top of finances and use a checklist to tick off tasks as they’re completed and arrangements are finalised. This way, you’ll be able to see how much progress you’ve made and what’s still to do at all times.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate
It’s no secret that weddings are an expensive affair, with last year’s statistics showing that the average wedding now costs £15k – so when it comes to settling on a price, it’ll pay to try your hand at haggling. Whether it’s the price tag on your dream wedding dress, catering costs or floral fees that are causing you a headache, bring your stress levels – and budget – down by daring to ask for a discount.
You’ll find that most vendors and companies will be willing to offer some sort of cost reduction or price matching alternative, meaning you could save hundreds (if not thousands) on the total bill of your big day.
Take time out
From cultural crossovers to estranged family members, planning a wedding that appeases everyone is no mean feat – and all too often, it’s the bride herself who ends up having to compromise. It’s no surprise that this puts pressure on the wedding and can start to cause your dream day to lose its sparkle.
In the midst of wedding planning, it can be all too easy to lose yourself to table plans, dress fittings and dietary requirements – and for this reason, it’s important that you take time to step away from the chaos. Take time away from wedding planning to spend time with friends, family and your other half and make sure the conversation moves away from wedding chat. This will help you and all those around you keep your cool during potentially stressful times!
While you’ll never be able to eliminate every aspect of stress from the run-up to one of the most memorable days of your life, with these top tips in your arsenal, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying the entire process – from mood boards to marriage vows and beyond.