Getting engaged is an exciting and life-changing moment, but it is also a moment that unleashes an avalanche of well-meaning well-wishers, party planning chaos, and general hard work! Frankly, planning a wedding can feel like a full-time job. In fact, a recent survey has found that 40 percent of couples considered wedding planning to be “extremely stressful” while 71 percent of those questions considered it to be more nerve-wracking than other major life events they had experienced.
Luckily, there are some top tips that you can follow that will make planning your wedding easy, allowing you to sit back and enjoy all the fun stuff instead! Here are our favorite three:
Build a Wedding Website
A wedding website is a brilliant tool that can take care of a lot of the work that pre-internet brides and grooms used to have to do in person! As well as providing key information about your big day, you can also use your wedding website to handle RSVPs, introduce the wedding party, take care of hotel booking for your guests, and so much more.
Even if you’re not technically minded, building a wedding website doesn’t have to be complicated because there are many templates available online that you can use, often free of charge, meaning all you have to do is input your information. And if you choose to introduce a complementary tool, such as a Joy wedding registry, you can simplify other processes for your wedding too. Joy’s wedding registry is a unique tool that allows you to choose gifts for your wedding registry from a huge number of different stores and then connect them in one place: this saves you the time and effort of coordinating several registries at the same time. The more online tools you can use, the easier the wedding planning process will be.
Make Planning Fun
Instead of letting your wedding planning feel like hard work, make planning fun by turning as many planning events as possible into a celebration. Your cake tasting can be a great opportunity to spend time with your family, for example, or you could follow your suit fittings with beers with your boys.
Consider having regular planning meetings with your fiancé over dinner in your favorite restaurant, and if your budget allows then don’t rule out hiring a wedding planner to do all the hard work for you. That way, whilst they are taking care of planning the technical details, you can spend your time focusing on the parts of the day that really matter to you.
It might make you feel like you are back in school, but writing everything down now will save you heartache in the future. When attending meetings with your venue, planner, or other vendors, keep a note of everything that you each agree to do. You should also email a copy of your notes to your vendor after the meeting, to ensure that you’re both on the same page about what they will be doing on the day, and to create a record of accountability.
Note-taking can also be incredibly useful when it comes to choosing your vendors and suppliers. A quick note about what you like and dislike about each will make it easier for you to choose the right ones for you when you look back to make your final decision.