Planning and hosting a party for 100 would usually be a task for the pros, so how can you ensure you have a stress-free wedding? Our top tips have you covered.
Size it up early on
If organising a wedding for lots of guests is going to leave you feeling really stressed, then scale back your guest list before the invitations go out.
The one golden wedding planning rule is to apply the same guest list criteria across the board, so either invite all your uncles, aunts and cousins, or none. This quick step will instantly streamline your plans, reduce your costs and help you have a stress-free wedding.
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Work your wedding party
Many hands make light work, so don’t be afraid to delegate. Your bridesmaids, parents and best friends are all here to help and support you, so make use of them!
Tasks could be as small as addressing envelopes or as grand as accompanying you to floral consultations. Every little helps is excellent wedding advice.
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Your wedding is a day with the two of you at its centre, but your family and friends will have lots of ideas too. If you’re finding the outpouring of advice a little too much, put a lid on it.
Why not offer to let your mums look after the canapés or be responsible for the RSVPs? They’ll be delighted to have their part in the planning and you’ll feel more able to ask them to step back elsewhere.
Prioritise your pennies
Weddings are expensive business, but they’re also a once in a lifetime event. One of the simplest ways to a stress-free wedding is to be realistic about your budget and stick to it.
Spiralling costs that draw you towards your overdraft will not make for an exciting run-up to the big day. So open up that spreadsheet, create a savings plan and make informed decisions from there. Not everything is a necessity, and you can invest in the best for the parts that matter most, while cutting costs where you won’t miss them.
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DIY with care
DIYing elements of your wedding is a great way to add personality while making your budget go further. But there are other ways to do that too, like hiring in decor items for half the price of buying them new.
If you want to plan a stress-free wedding, you need to be as realistic about your free time as you are about your finances. Decorating 50 jam jars may be achievable, especially with your bridesmaids’ help, but arranging the flowers and baking the cake are best left to the experts.
You don’t want a last-minute wedding planning disaster to leave you in a panic. Leave any short notice elements to the pros.
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Don’t forget date nights
You may be about to get married, but right now you’re engaged. This is a special time that won’t last forever, so make the most of it while you can!
Drop in date nights or even a romantic getaway to your planning calendar. This gives the two of you time to connect. Clear your heads and take a break from the wedmin for a while.
Many couples worry about keeping their guests happy when the big day arrives, so much so that they miss out on half the fun they’ve had planned.
Have faith in your venue, in your caterers and your entertainment line-up. You’ve planned an epic celebration and everyone is here to see you enjoy it. So, let your hair down, let go of the reins and soak it all up on the big day.
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Guided by this wedding advice, you’re well on your way to a stress-free wedding. Get on top of the to-do list once and for all with our A-Z of wedding planning.