You might have started out believing you’ll be a rational bride with non-bridezilla tendencies, but suddenly you’re staying up at night stressing over the 12th draft of your seating plan, or whether coral might not be pink enough for your wedding colour palette.
Before you let wedding planning consume you, here are 5 steps you can take to ensure you come out of it sane.
1. Think and plan ahead of time
Planning an earlier deadline for each item on your to-do list and sticking to them will allow you space for mistakes or unforeseen circumstances.
You’ll be dealing with an array of tasks to do, especially in the weeks leading up to your wedding; so getting the big decor items like wedding arch, parents’ outfits etc. done ahead of time will give you time to tackle the smaller items.
Things like DIY photo booth props that had seem so novel at the time of inception, could now turn out to be more time-consuming than you realised.
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2. Share and communicate
Get good at Google documents and Microsoft Excel, or any other platforms that will allay the ease of communication between you and everyone else involved in your wedding planning.
Updating on the regular in one neatly formatted shared document will cut down on times that sees you scrambling for one email after another.
If there’s anything you should get (healthily) obsessed over, it should be keeping your checklist and budget documents impeccable.
3. Throw away your ideas
This seems counter-intuitive, but it is something each of us have to go through – especially in these times of Pinterest, Instagram and the like.
Amassing ideas is so easy, but cutting them down to a realistic few is tough and necessary. Prioritise what are the must-haves at your wedding before starting on your different projects.
If you’ve planned to create personalised flower pins for your wedding guests as your wedding favour, but have yet to progress on them five weeks before your wedding, it is time to take a big step back on the idea.
4. Get your friends and family in
Every bride who’s been through it will tell you how much of a help their friends and family were for the wedding.
It’s a truth that you should learn to embrace, even if you’ve always been the independent sort who doesn’t like to ask for favours.
They want the best for you, and letting them take charge of a part of your wedding planning will more often than not, be a good decision made.
5. Go for a chill-out sesh
Just like a job, you need off-days from being a bride-to-be as well.
Be it a massage, a day at the onsen, or sunbathing by the beach – be sure to take a breather to clear your head and frustrations.
While this might seem like yet another counter-intuitive suggestion, going full throttle from day one is likely to wear anyone down. Allow yourself space to not think, or to just think about y’know, regular non-wedding stuff.