You just got engaged – now what? Most newly-engaged couples jump right into wedding planning. After all, this is the biggest day of your lives. So why wouldn’t you want to spend time planning for it? While you’re absolutely justified in wanting to start planning, there is a certain way to go about it that will help mitigate stress. That is why we’ve compiled a list of tips to help couples avoid feeling overwhelmed during wedding planning. Check them out below!
Carve Out Time in Your Calendar
To avoid spending all your free time scrolling through wedding accounts on Pinterest and Instagram, designate planning time in your calendar. Carving out a specific time each week to devote to wedding planning will help put your mind at ease. If you think of something you want to look into, make a note on your phone. Then you can refer to during your designated planning time slot. Having a set schedule for planning time is also a great way. This ensures that you and your partner work together throughout the planning process.
Divide and Conquer
Speaking of your partner, the second tip to avoid feeling overwhelmed during wedding planning is to divide and conquer. After all, two people are getting married here, which means wedding planning shouldn’t all fall to one person. The most efficient and stress-free way to conquer wedding planning is to divide up the tasks that need to be done between the two partners. Start by making a long list of every single task that needs to get done in order for your wedding to become a reality. From there, discuss which partner is best suited to which task and officially assign tasks to each partner. For example, the bride may want to be in charge of choosing her bouquet. In this case, the groom may want to pick out what his groomsmen wear. Some tasks are naturally going to lend themselves to a certain partner.
Communication is Key
Once planning really gets underway and you start to make bookings and purchases, be sure that you are communicating with your partner. Effective and frequent communication about the wedding is necessary in order to mitigate stress. Even when tasks are divided, both partners should still be keeping each other up to date on the progress they’ve made. Dividing up tasks is definitely the most efficient way to plan. However, both parties must still remember that many aspects of planning are interconnected.
Focus on the Right Details
It’s incredibly easy to get bogged down by tiny details during wedding planning. If this starts to happen, it’s time to take a day off from planning. Remembering the big picture – that this day is a celebration of your love – is key. So if you find yourself spending hours ruminating over which shade of white the charger plates should be, it might be a sign that you need to take a step back.
That said, there is one aspect of wedding planning where details are everything, and that is with vendor contracts. When dealing with wedding professionals, such as caterers or florists, be sure to clarify all the details of your contract before signing it. You want any contract to be as specific as possible, containing any relevant dates, times, and locations. Also, be sure to read the fine print of any contract so you know exactly what the penalties are if you were to cancel or postpone your celebration.
Overall, wedding planning can be a wonderful experience. While it might be overwhelming at times, there’s no reason why you and your partner shouldn’t be able to overcome this stress by practising the tips above.
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