The day you say ‘I do’ should be one of the happiest of your life, giving you wonderful memories to cherish forever – but often, the lead-up can be stressful. From ensuring the dress fits to designing the perfect seating plan, the small details you have to consider soon add up, and when things don’t go your way, they can quickly begin to detract from the excitement.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way, and there are some easy ways to lighten the load and ensure that the only memories you take away from your nuptials are full of joy – not overwhelm. Here are four essential tips from the experts at digital photo design tool Mixbook to take into the planning process.
Before anything, hire a wedding planner
Trying to do it all yourself is a sure-fire way to end up feeling frazzled, so before you even start to plan your special day, hire a wedding planner to lighten the load. A good planner will have plenty of experience – look for someone who has a history of putting together beautiful and extravagant luxury weddings to ensure you choose a planner who is on the same page as you.
They’ll take care of all the big stuff, like finding the venue and organising the catering, as well as those tiny details you might not think of yourself until later on, leaving you free to revel in the day and relax and enjoy the celebrations whilst they ensure that the entire day goes without a hitch.
Invite who you want – not who you think you should
There are often a lot of politics involved in organising a wedding, particularly when it comes to the guest list. But while it’s natural to feel guilty about not being able to – or wanting to – invite everyone, it’s important to remember that this is your day, not theirs.
While your guests will be coming together to celebrate your nuptials, anyone who is unsupportive of your relationship or is known to cause arguments and start feuds could quickly put a dampener on the day, so leave them off the list and rest assured that you are well within your rights to do so. You don’t have to explain yourselves to anyone, and can keep the wedding as small as you want to minimise drama from guests.
Realise that the tiny details you’re stressing about are things you won’t even remember later
While the name cards and wedding favours might seem intensely important in the lead-up to your wedding day, they aren’t the things you’ll remember from the occasion, and when the day arrives, you’ll be too busy getting swept up in the romance of the ceremony and enjoying the reception to care. Make a decision early on to focus on what really matters, and be prepared to go with the flow when it comes to the rest. Your stress levels will thank you for it, and you’ll be glad of it in hindsight, too.
Get a photo book of your favourite memories
And finally, don’t forget to make sure all of your favourite memories from the day are captured in a format you love. Most wedding photographers will share an online gallery of digital shots from your special day with you after the event, but you can’t beat tradition when it comes to capturing those memories, and having some printed, hard copies to frame around your home for daily reminders is something most couples love to do.
A photobook is even better, and will allow you to compile all of your favourite images from the day in one place for you to flick through together whenever the mood strikes. Mixbook has a beautiful range of designs to choose from, so you can even find one that’s in-keeping with the theme and style you chose so carefully for your wedding.