How big is too big, but how small is too small when it comes to planning a wedding? Weddings are filled with emotions of love, gratitude, hope and worry — so much worry.
Many couples struggle with wedding planning, especially when they have differing ideas. Plus, the future in-laws have their opinions to interject, too. Your special day is supposed to be one you remember without stress, but some stress is to be expected with all the planning you will do. Here are a few tips to help you worry less on your big day.
- Go Minimalist with Flowers
Minimalism still trends, and small bouquets for carrying and decoration add whimsy and a classic charm. Stick with various colors of roses and baby’s breath or release your inner fairy with an assortment of daisies, echinacea and other wildflowers. Small bouquets will also save you money.
What if you focused on vine-like greenery for decoration along walls or twisting around railing? Between sections of the leaves, introduce small flowers and repeat.
- Get Creative with Photography Booking
Do you have any favors you can call in for photography? A cousin or friend of a friend?
Get creative with your photography booking, and book only the professional photography for specific parts of the wedding that are important to you, such as wedding party photos and the big “I do” moment. Someone you know may be willing to make that exception, while you let guests take candids.
Your guests could also function as photographers without you needing to hire a professional. Do it at your own risk. You don’t want awkward flashes going off when it’s not called for. Set rules.
- Limit the Guest List to Loved Ones
If you invite your favorite second cousin, then all the second cousins on both sides must come. Otherwise, you’ll never hear the end of it.
There’s no shame in limiting the guest list to loved ones, however you define that. It’s reasonable to limit the guest list to those close to you because adding extraneous numbers makes the list grow way too fast, and there’s no way your budget can accommodate everyone and their plus ones. Decide on a number and keep it. Save your budget, table space, sanity and memories.
- Cater the Wedding
While it’s helpful to have family and friends pitch in, it adds more coordination, fuss and stress for you. Some cultural wedding traditions include the preparation of the food, but it’s okay to make compromises and changes for your wedding day. Look for a caterer that prepares a menu according to your cultural tradition and specific instructions. A caterer should have all the necessary talents to make your required menu happen.
Designate part of the budget for catering and arrange the service. That way your loved ones can attend your wedding with a short and easy to follow list of how they need to help — which may be as simple as “show up in a tux and don’t raid the bar too early.”
- Dance Away, maybe a Little Earlier in the Day
You can always opt for a simple wedding in the morning and spend the rest of the fun having a celebratory party before you head off on your honeymoon. Keep the entertainment light and simple or hire a big band. Just dance and let yourself soak up the fun of finally kicking those heels off and digging into the dance floor with your bare toes.
Make your own dance playlist and intermix your favorite couple songs. If you know that your uncle is a master of the waltz and that’s a memory to capture — put a waltz in there. Have fun!
If you have the wedding earlier, you also potentially cut costs by having a lunch buffet. The party can go longer, and you can leave earlier to catch a flight if you prefer.
Use these five tips to worry less on your wedding day. Focus on minimalist flowers and get creative with your photography booking. Limiting your guest list to loved ones is okay. Do book a caterer so you don’t have to fret over the food.
When all the “I dos” are said, and all is done, kick off those shoes and shake your tail feather. You got hitched!