You’ve just gotten engaged and you’re over the moon about it. You and your Person are taking the leap to become legal family, and you can’t wait. There’s just one thing in the way… a ceremony. You have no idea where to start or who to call first. Take a breath, pour some wine, and rest assured that your entire wedding can be stress-free.
Instead of treating every item on your to-do list as a separate challenge, bundle them. Utilize one vendor for multiple things. Your florist also shoots photos? Your caterer plays music? Perfect. Show each vendor specific images of your likes and dislikes to ensure everyone’s on the same page, and you’re squared away in no time.
Say “Yes” to Free
Pick a venue that’s not going to cost you a lot. Maybe a friend has a beautiful backyard, or your friend is willing to rent out her bakery. The longer you wait to book a space, the better deals you can find. Vendors are just as antsy about filling up their calendars as you are about reserving space. Scouting reviews can help narrow down the pool of potentials.
Work that Dress
Check out thrift stores, sales, and trunk shows to snag the dress of your dreams at a reasonable price. Use some of your extra cash to sew undies right into it instead of keeping everything separate. Not having to tug at a bra during your big day will definitely decrease your stress level.
You’ve Got Mail
Create a wedding-only email account for you and your Person. Use it to sign up for raffles, subscriptions, tastings, and other commitments. You can even provide it to vendors for a contact address rather than mixing your work with your wedding.
Get Tech Savvy
Utilize your favorite electronic organization tool to put contacts’ information together (addresses included) before the event. You’ll be grateful to have all of your info in one spot. If you get super enthusiastic, you might even put thank you’s together ahead of time so that all you have to do is send them out after the reception.
Use the bachelorette party as a chance to make flower crowns, bouquets, boutonnieres, and to try out makeup looks. Use flowers that are in season; they’re cheaper. Or, forego flowers altogether.
Give friends and relatives jobs for the big day so that you can pass along their contact info to vendors. Last minute questions are no longer your problem.
Truly, planning your wedding can take a back seat to the reason for the occasion. Enjoy your time with your love and keep stress at bay.