Your wedding day is one of the most important occasions of your life, and should also be one of the happiest – yet it’s widely known that planning your nuptials can be one of the most stressful experiences you’ll ever go through, too. The good news, though, is that it doesn’t have to be that way, and with the right approach you can ensure that the entire process goes smoothly and that the day itself is as dreamy as you’d hoped it would be.
Here are some simple ways to make the entire experience an enjoyable one from start to finish – no tearing your hair out required.
Book your wedding planner before anything else
Trying to do it all yourself is a sure-fire way to end up feeling overwhelmed, and hiring a wedding planner to help take care of the big tasks for you is a simple way to lighten the load. A good wedding planner will be able to help you locate and book the perfect venue, find the best vendors to suit your desired style and field calls and emails in the lead-up to the big day – leaving you free to focus on the fun stuff, like finding your dream dress and choosing the cake.
Wedding planners can quickly make themselves indispensable because they know the tricks of the trade, have a little black book of contacts and can come up with solutions to any issues that your average engaged couple wouldn’t know where to start with.
Let your imagination run wild
If you’ve been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a child, then now is the time to put all of those big visions down on paper – and when money is no object, you can let your imagination run wild. Start a Pinterest board so that you can collate all of your ideas and inspiration in one place and start getting a good idea of how you want each element of the day to look and feel.
Do you want a church wedding, or to tie the knot at a lavish five-star hotel? Would you like a destination wedding on a Caribbean beach, or a simple registry office service close to home? These are some of the first big questions to ask yourself, and then you can move onto the décor and the theme. Having an inspiration-seeking session with your spouse-to-be and deciding together what would make it the most memorable for each of you will give you a good starting point and allow you to work out what matters to you both the most.
Choose wedding suppliers who understand your vision for the day
When seeking out the wedding suppliers you want to work with, look for examples of their previous work so you can be sure they will be able to support your vision and help to bring it to life.
If you can, look for suppliers that can deliver on more than just one element of the big day. Events companies like EasyEventHireUK, for example, can help with everything from furniture hire to the catering, and can help you to create the perfect set-up – whether you’re looking for some sophisticated tables and chairs with beautiful crockery, cutlery and glassware for the wedding breakfast, or patio heaters, a dance floor or even a bar for larger, outdoor events.
If you’ve chosen a high-end hotel as your venue, then they will likely be able to help with some of the above, but if you’re getting married in an outdoor setting or having our reception in a marquee or tipi then bear in mind that you might need to consider a few extras.
Meet your vendors in person
Doing some online research into your vendors is a great way to get an idea of what they’re able to offer – but it’s important to meet with them face-to-face ahead of the big day to ensure you feel comfortable working with them. You might like a photographer’s style and be captivated by the portfolio on their website, but you need to know that they can capture the important moments of the day without disrupting you and your guests, and it’s imperative that you get along with your wedding planner if you want to minimise stress.
Set up a face-to-face meeting if you can, or at the very least, request a video call so that you can chat your vision and ideas through. From here, you’ll be able to make an informed and educated decision on whether or not they are the right choice for you. And for hair and makeup, be sure to arrange for a trial in advance of your special day to ensure you’re going to be happy with the end result when it matters.
Keep in mind what’s important
It’s easy to get hung up on the tiny details when planning your day, but make a mental note not to sweat the small stuff and you’ll enjoy the process much more. Whilst you should certainly try your best not to compromise on the big things that mean the most to you, the smallest details are ones you likely won’t even notice on the day itself, as you’ll be so busy celebrating with your new spouse and enjoying the fruits of your labour.
Things won’t always go to plan, but if a guest falls ill at the last minute or you can’t get the exact button holes you wanted, then worry not, because in the grand scheme of things, they are more insignificant than it might seem.