Wednesday 22 February 2023

4 Tips to Help Busy Brides with their Wedding Planning

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AD: There is no denying that planning a wedding can be an enjoyable but stressful time with lots of jobs that need doing to ensure the big day runs smoothly. Of course, you want your wedding day to be perfect so planning is essential but fitting everything in around your day-to-day life can be hard. From work commitments, possible family commitments as well as other day-to-day chores and events that happen it can leave you wondering where you are going to find the time to plan at all. 

That is why we have put together this handy guide to help all of you busy brides out there and ensure your wedding planning goes as smoothly and as stress-free as possible. 

Don't be afraid to delegate

It's your big day and you want everything to run smoothly so it can be hard to imagine handing over any responsibility to friends or family but doing this can really help save you time and money. Of course, we aren't talking about leaving any big decision-making down to them, but don't be afraid to ask your bridal party (bridesmaids, family, friends etc) to help out with all those fiddly time-consuming jobs such as making up favours, making and/or handing out invites, making and d├ęcor for the day, picking things up in the days running up to your wedding etc. You can still oversee all these things and give them the final nod of approval but handing out some of these jobs will free up so much of your time. 

Get the things most important to you sorted first

It goes without saying that you want to get the things most important to you sorted and finalised first because they are the things you want in place even if you run out of time. For many, this will be things like the venue and of course for the bride the dress! When it comes to the dress there are so many choices and styles you could try narrowing down your choices using a wedding/prom dress finder which will allow you to search through hundreds of styles and narrow down your search to styles you love and hate. It doesn't mean you can't then try on different styles in-store but it will help give your consultant an idea of what you like rather than wasting your time. 

Once you have your important things sorted (venue, dress, catering and transport) you will start to see other things slotting into place as you go. 

Follow your heart 

Don't allow time to make cuts you will regret, Hopefully, if you follow the tip above (sorting the things most important to you first) it will mean that all the really important things will be sorted. But if they aren't don't be afraid to stand up for what you want and rally the troops to make it happen where possible. This is your big day so you don't have to sacrifice things you really want if you don't want to but just be prepared to plan ahead for them and cut other things that aren't so important to make them happen if needs be. 

Also, don't be afraid to change your mind either, just don't forget to let everyone else know too together to make sure everything runs smoothly and people are all on the same path. 

Hire professionals or a planner

Simply put, professionals are professionals for a reason and if your budget can afford it, hiring professionals to handle certain jobs can help save time, stress, and even money sometimes! If you are short on time don't promise yourself you will bake your own 4-tier wedding cake the week before the big day, it won't turn out well. 

If the whole idea of planning in general fills you with dread then you could always look at hiring a wedding planner to help and work alongside you. Hiring a wedding planner doesn't mean you are handing over your big day, it simply means an extra pair of hands and someone who can help you fulfil all your dreams with a fraction of the stress. 

You could even set up a "wedding photo swap" to enable guests to see photos and share their photos of your big day with other guests to stop them from asking you for photos whilst you sit back and enjoy your much-deserved honeymoon and break from all that planning! 

Hopefully, these tips have helped you realise that there are ways around planning a wedding even if you have a limited time! If you are currently planning a wedding what have you found has helped you with your planning? Let me know in the comments below. 


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