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5 ways to keep calm while planning your wedding!

Planning a Wedding is one of the most stressful times in a couples relationship. It’s up there with buying a home, relocating and having a baby!

Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of brides and Grooms appear in my inbox because the stress was getting too much. One thing to remember is not to beat yourself up about it. Most people never need to plan a big event in their lives so when it comes to a wedding the main stress comes from budget and not knowing where to start.

Here’s my 5 tips for reducing the stress while planning your wedding.

Number 1- BUDGET

Yes! surprise surprise, working out your budget is the very first job after the proposal. It’s my first question when working with a couple and it’s always met with the same answer… ‘I don’t know’

Here’s the thing, we all have a budget that we live by. We all know what kind of income we have and what we can reasonably spend on this event. Don’t say the statement ‘I don’t know what things cost!’ because that’s irrelevant to your budget. Your budget is the driving force and the backbone to your wedding. So it’s the most important thing to nail down. As you get down the planning rabbit hole you may find more or decide you have less but you need a starting point.

Work out where the income is coming from. Are you a saver with a little pot of gold saved? there’s your starting budget. Is your family contributing, talk to them. There’s your budget. Or are you planning to use part of your paycheck every month. work out how many months you have until your ideal wedding date and there’s your budget.

Number 2- TIME LINE

Once the budget is nailed, work out your time line. Give yourself tasks in a reasonable amount of time. Remember you still have a life to live so you need to spend your time wisely. This will also help with decision making.

Start by figuring out your ideal Wedding date, then you can work back from there. Write down a list of tasks and decisions that need to be completed before the wedding. Things like guest lists, menus, outfits etc.

If you timeline yourself and try to stick to it, your less likely to forget anything and have the mad panic closer to the day.

Number 3- DATA

This is one of my personal faves! Spreadsheets and word documents will help so much with this. Or a good old fashioned folder with pens and paper.

Think ahead when creating your data, for example. When you create your guest list include notes for things like special requirements or dietary’s. Include those questions on your RSVP. This will save a job later on when you need that information for your menu.

Supplier list, when your deciding what things you would like keep a list of suppliers. Add columns for things like cost, payment due date, paid, arrival time, contact details. All this information will save in the long run.

Number 4- COMPROMISE

You and your partner are making the decision to spend the rest of your lives together. This is your wedding but you may not always agree on everything. When you get to one of these hurdles ask yourself ‘will this make us both happy?’ or ‘is this essential?’

Failing that, make it fun! have a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide on the chair cover colour. Remember, your guests are thereto celebrate you.

Number 5- ASK FOR HELP

There is nothing wrong with asking for an extra pair of hands to help. Let’s be honest, most people would be delighted to help you with your wedding. It could be as simple as a friend or family member or a wedding planner.

Think of things like running it on the day, does your venue provide a wedding planner or do you know someone that could help? Also think about the next day. Does anything need picking up and taking away. Get your team in place so you can have a wonderful day.