Planning to get married soon? Congratulations! While it’s an exciting period in one’s life, it can be overwhelming and stressful at the same time. Every couple dreams of a perfect fairytale wedding, but trust us, it takes a lot of planning and coordination to plan a seamless celebration. As one of the important days of your life, you have to ensure it is planned correctly. Hiring a wedding planner or a coordinator can take many things off your plate, but there are other ways to ensure your day goes off without a hitch. To help you, we have compiled the top things to consider for stress-free wedding planning. 

Stress-free wedding planning tips:

Set A Realistic Budget

The key to stress-free wedding planning is proper budget management. Sit and discuss the matter with your partner and make it realistic. It shouldn’t have to be allotted to the specific aspects of the wedding, but knowing what a dedicated amount you have set will give you an idea of what you can expect from the day. Accordingly, it will help you align the suppliers. For example, if you want to remain at the £25K mark, you probably don’t want to take your guest list over 75. 

Book Early

Booking the wedding venue and suppliers as soon as you have finalised the wedding date is crucial. By doing so will give you more time for other aspects that need your attention. Popular wedding venues and suppliers get booked quickly, so we recommend you start searching early. Doing this will allow you ample time to review their portfolio, schedule consultations and compare the work of the suppliers before hiring them.

Hire a Planner & Stylist

When you think about how to plan a wedding with no stress in sight, you mustn’t overlook the small details. Although it’s not everyone’s favourite, things like linen cutlery, seating plans and so forth have to be attended to as they will bring personality to your celebration. Luckily, a planner or stylist can help you! They will be working while you’re planning a wedding and can help you with any loose ends of the logistics that need to be taken care of. They can help you achieve more than you have envisioned and save money and time. As experts, they will have connections with suppliers you won’t be having and, therefore, can coordinate with any of them professionally.

Choose your Helpers Wisely

Your wedding day is the only day to treat yourself to a personal assistant who can handle all your requirements. We recommend designating tasks to someone close to you. You can give them the rundown of the timelines and other important details so they can handle things on your behalf with suppliers or other people if there are any issues. Simply put, having a person you trust by your side is essential for stress-free wedding planning.

Be Prepared with a Contingency Plan

As part of our wedding planning tips, we suggest you have a backup plan ready at all times. Most of the celebrations our photographers shoot are outdoors, meaning you will have to deal with weather conditions. Some venues offer the flexibility of switching to indoor spaces. This is especially important in case the weather is unsuitable for hosting the reception outside. When booking a venue, you can even speak to the coordinator to learn more about the contingency plans they have in place.

Stress-free wedding tips

Be Organised

Try to be as organised as possible when it comes to your contracts, documents, contact lists and other essentials. Whether using digital means or a physical binder, keep everything intact or store it in a place where it is easier to access. Being underorganised will by no means guarantee stress-free wedding planning. The best thing you can do is harness the power of technology for most of the work to keep everything organised in your phone for quick access.

Prepare a Realistic Timeline

One of the couples’ biggest mistakes is not allowing enough time in the schedule. When planning a wedding, specifically its timeline, we recommend adding at least a 10-15-minute buffer to each activity. In this way, it will be easy to catch up if you are running late. The best part? If you run early, you have more time to spend and enjoy with your loved ones. For example, it might take only 15-20 minutes for a car to drive to the ceremony space or the wedding venue. But it might take longer due to unexpected circumstances such as bad weather or traffic. Likewise, it might physically take only 5 minutes for the couple and guests to walk for group photos. Still, per our experience as wedding photographers, it will take more time than imagined. When you cushion extra time for each activity or event, you can relax and enjoy your beautiful day with your partner and loved ones.

Take Time for Yourself

Planning a wedding is stressful, and taking some time off is essential when it gets too overwhelming. Indulge in relaxing activities such as spa, meditation or yoga to de-stress and stay calm. You must take care of your mental and emotional health to have the stress-free wedding planning you desire.

Lastly, you marry only once, so your wedding day should be about you and your partner. It would be best if you let go of the stress, anxiety, or any other concerns bothering you and immerse yourself fully in the moment.

With this, we conclude the top tips for stress-free wedding planning. Organising an event of this magnitude requires flexibility, attention to detail, budgeting, and remembering to take time for yourself. With these wedding planning tips, you can create a perfect day that you and your guests will cherish for decades. 

If you have any questions, just reach out to us. As a team of professional photographers, we can seamlessly take care of all your photography requirements. We would love to help you plan the day the way you have always envisioned and create timeless memories for you to cherish forever!