Planning what is to be the most beautiful and romantic day of your life can be stressful. Let’s face it, if you’ve ever been part of a wedding celebration, you’ll know it inevitably brings out both the best and worst in people. There are numerous things to consider, plan and pay for. Below are a few of the top reasons why planning a wedding can be so stressful:
Sticking to a budget is hard at the best of times, but weddings are a whole new kettle of fish. Most couples plan for a wedding ceremony, a meal, their wedding band, favors, decorations, rings, and of course the wedding party’s attire. And those are just the top few things to consider and budget for! More often than not, budgets overrun for individual items, making this probably the number one stressor for brides and grooms to be. One arguably expensive item on the list can be finding wedding bands for hire so choosing a band from a reputable website that will offer guide prices and availability upfront is helpful. The same principle applies to all other items on the budget.
- Bridal party
There’s generally always one member of the bridal party who will stir up drama. Whether it’s a demanding mum of the bride (or mother-in-law to be), an awkward bridesmaid or an oversharing groomsman, every couple will have their story to share following their big day. Popular wedding magazine Brides advise to show your appreciation for your wedding party and avoid miscommunicating as best you can. Try as much as possible to focus on the friendships and relationships in your life rather than your wedding day only.
Potentially the third most common stressful thing to encounter on your big day, especially in the UK, is the weather. While nothing can be done to appease the weatherman ahead of your wedding, you can plan ahead a little and account for different outcomes. For instance, try and find a good spot to take photographs both indoors and outdoors, select pretty indoor alternatives for cocktail hour if it rains, and hire a marquee if your heart is set on having some outdoor element to your wedding. Most of all, don’t be disappointed if it does indeed rain or snow on your wedding day. Your wedding party and guests won’t mind and a good photographer will be able to work with any weather.
Above all, while planning a wedding can be stressful, you should remember that it’s about you and your partner. Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of your love and, as cheesy as that may sound, no budget, bridal party drama or ugly weather can take away from that.