When you have found your one, true love, it is an exciting time. Neither of you is perfect, but it is great when you know you are perfect for each other. If it’s meant to be it will be and naturally things will progress in the relationship.
It might be time to start thinking about the next steps and where things are going. For most people, the next step is marriage.
While not everyone wants to get married these days, it is still a prime choice for a lot of people. If the two of you are leaning towards the “I do,” then an engagement would be the next step. Getting engaged will need a lot of planning in itself, but it’s also an amazing and magical time. Planning a wedding can be a little stressful, but if it’s meant to be it will be the most thrilling time of your life. Don’t put off planning your wedding because of the fear of stress.
Your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life. The key to a stress-free wedding is planning well in advance. If you stay on top of things, it really can be easier to plan it all.
Here are a few tips for you to think about when your relationship is meant to be and you’ve just gotten engaged.
Get started early for a stress-free wedding.
Once you have shared your happy, engagement news with your friends and family, it is time to get started on the plans. When you build anything, having a solid foundation is key. Start off with a strong foundation plan for the wedding and things will be much smoother.
One of the first things to create that solid foundation is to pick a date. Having an “end goal” in mind can help so much when it comes to planning a stress-free wedding. It helps to keep you focused when you’re working towards a date. It might be a good idea to pick a time of year or month first.
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After this, you can narrow it down and go from there. You might have always dreamt of a wedding at a certain time of year. If so, look at what is going on around that time. Consider picking different days of the week too. You might choose to go for a Thursday or Friday instead of a weekend. It is your wedding so you can choose! If you choose a weekday wedding, it can be a little cheaper and less stress of having to get on a waiting list for venues or locations.
Set a budget.
One of the next steps is to set the budget for your wedding. It can be hard to plan anything if you don’t know what there is to spend. Before you make any major decisions, have a budget figured out. It might be a bit of an awkward conversation with parents or family members, but it is good to ask them if they can contribute at all. If not, look at what you and your fiance have saved, and how much you could save in the time period you have before the wedding. Once you know how much money you’re working with, you’ll be well along your way to a stress-free wedding. After this, you can get to the nitty-gritty of choosing a location and a dress, of course!
Start sending save the date cards and invites.
To plan a lot of the practical side of things, like the venue and reception, you need to know who’s coming. The sooner you figure that out, the easier it’ll be for eyou to have a stress-free wedding. Send a “save the date card,” asking your invites to RSVP if they are coming. If you are having quite a short engagement, then you can just send out the invites as soon as you know. Create a similar look and theme with all of your wedding stationery, so when getting the invitations being printed, think about the order of service printing and things like place cards too. Having your invitations and place cards printed at the same place with the same design will give everything a cohesive and attractive look .
4. Don’t try to please everyone.
There’s no better way to plan a wedding than to plan it! Starting off on a good foot and ahead of the game will make working around the finer details a lot easier.
Details like music, the caterer, and decorations are other things to think about, but there is no need to panic about music for the wedding a year in advance! Work out a priority list for these types of things and then you can cross them off as and when they have been dealt with. If it isn’t time to deal with it, then it isn’t time to panic about it!
Your wedding is the time to celebrate your true love so don’t try too hard to please everyone while planning it. It is your wedding, so make sure that it is right for you and your spouse. Enjoy the process and have it just as you want it. The whole point of having a wedding is to be married, isn’t it? So don’t get too hung up on the glitz and glam of the day.
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*Featured photography by: Isabelle Portes