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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Bride

Planning a wedding is a very exciting time but can also be one of the most frustrating and stressful things you will need to do.  With so many different people to try and please and thatís not just both the families - bridesmaids, matron of Honour, the best man to name but a few will all probably have their ideas and opinions. The simplest decision can turn into a major argument and the dream wedding you are planning could fast turn into your worst nightmare.

Here are 5 top tips to try and ease the strain and make sure that planning your wedding can be as enjoyable as the big day itself.

1. Compromise.

Although you have probably dreamed of your wedding since you where small, and know exactly what you want. Stop and remember itís not  just your wedding day, itís very easy to get caught up in what you want as you are the bride and whilst this is true do remember the person you are marrying, your future husband, itís as much his special day as yours.  Keep in mind that you want your guests and wedding party to enjoy your wedding and remember it for all the right reason and not look back on it and cringe. Whilst you may have the perfect dress in mind for your bridesmaids if they do not feel comfortable in it, they are the ones that have to wear it all day.  So if you want everyone to enjoy your big day as much as you intend to, donít forget them.

2. Prioritize

Before you start any of your wedding planning it is essential to sit down with your fiancť and make a list of what you want and need but also what you do not want. The main things to consider for example are the venue, ceremony and reception, photography, music, date!  Once you have made the list put them in the order of priority and you can refer back to this as you work your way thru your planning adding to it as required.

3.  Learn to say NO

Remember that although you will need to consider your family and guests while planning your wedding you do not have to be a push over and agree to anything that you do not feel comfortable with but the trick is not to hurt their feelings by dismissing their suggestion straight away and a way round it is to say ĎThanks for the suggestion and Iíll look into ití which gives the impression that you care about their opinion and are going to give it some thought.

4. Always read the small print.

Despite being very keen to get your wedding planning underway be careful to check the small print before you sign any paperwork. Always check the fine details and any clauses on the contracts.

Here are a few points to clarify prior to signing a contract:

Does the price quoted include VAT?  As this can affect the final price.

What is the cancellation/exchange policy? For example if an emergency occurs and you need to change your original wedding date, can you change the date of your reception without incurring a penalty charge.

Do the wedding specialists have their own insurance to cover any problems - for example your wedding photographer is ill for your wedding day, do they have an alternative photography service that they can use on their behalf. Or if the car company has a mechanical problem with the car what is their procedure for this.

What isnít included in your package?  Do you have to pay your venue for extra electricity usage, or what time do you have use of the venue till.

5. Your reasons for doing this.

Whilst it probably seems vital to your planning that every little detail goes exactly to your plan, that everything matches, that all your guests sit in the seats where you want them to sit. At the end of the day itís your wedding day to be enjoyed and remembered. And in time you will not remember who sat where or that the flowers where slightly different colours. So do not let little things that wonít be remembered anyway ruin the run up to your wedding or the wedding day itself.

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