How to Cope with Wedding Planning Anxiety

A wedding to-do list can seem quite overwhelming. Whether the stress circles around planning vendor meetings, family dynamics, or budgeting dilemmas, wedding anxiety is a real thing.

If your feelings are overwhelming and you are unable to cope, seek professional assistance. If you simply need tips on how to calm your nerves and keep your planning on track, here is some guidance to help along the way.

Acknowledge, then manage.
First, acknowledge your stress! Determine what are your triggers and where they stem from. Are you nervous about family dynamics, budget, everything running smoothly, how you can manage your time, or even a mix of all these elements?

Start managing this stress with a positive mindset. If there’s a problem, you can still work to fix it. If there’s a solution, it can be found. But be realistic and honest with yourself and your partner about your expectations. Then take a deep breath and work through each item one by one. Start with the triggers that are most important to you. And, if necessary, set appropriate boundaries.

The truth is, some of your triggers may be seen as monsters to you, but when you really think about it, you may find they aren’t really all that scary after all. Perhaps you’re a perfectionist who wants a flawless wedding day. But don’t forget to think about your guests and what they’ll actually notice if your plan goes awry. Perhaps you are nervous about your timetable. Then set aside some amount of time every day or week for wedding planning can help you achieve a better life-balance. Rationalize and tackle each trigger item until you have perspective or an action plan in place. Taking power over each scenario will help you feel more in control.

Seek support from your inner circle.
Next, talk to your partner about the stress you are feeling. This is a kick-start for your life together and a great time to begin working through tough situations as a couple, even if the conversations are difficult. Outline your values and create a mutual understanding over how to set priorities or define boundaries. Decide and ask for what you need personally to find the energy to tackle a seemingly overwhelming to-do list together.

If you have a maid-of-honor and trusting wedding party, then they are your support. If you don’t, then now is the time to make your selections and ask for help. Your friends and family are there to help you organize, plan and offer moral support.

Take a step back.
It’s always good to take a break once in awhile to clear your head and regroup. Concentrate on other aspects of your life like family, friends, or work that have fallen by the wayside. Plan a spa day, get a manicure, or find time to exercise. It is possible that you could just need a break.

Lastly, plan a date night with your partner and try not to discuss the wedding at all. Click here to see how planning a date night may just be the stress-reliever you need.

3 Key Elements That Help Create a Comfortable Wedding

Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. While you may have a checklist of vendors to book, appointments to organize, and finances to arrange, the less obvious details are what actually make your wedding successful and deserve your focus. Here are a few planning secrets that will help make your wedding a smash.

Thoughtful Date Planning
You may have an ideal time of year to tie the knot but be thoughtful to your guests before mailing save-the-dates. Perhaps you want to get married over the holidays. Consider family events and tricky travel dates first. While a Christmas wedding seems romantic to you, your guests may feel disappointed when your event falls on the same weekend as their annual family gathering.

Black-out dates can also cause concern when your guests need to book a hotel room. Investigate events taking place over your desired weekend to see if room blocks or separate reservations will be hard to come by. Some months are busier than others, just be mindful of those who will need a place to stay.

Allow Plenty of Space
Ask your wedding coordinator how many guests you can comfortably fit in your venue. If that number is less than the amount of people on your guest list, it is time to consider other options. Even if this is your dream location, it’s not a good idea to pack people in like sardines. The rule of thumb is between 25-30 square feet per person so there is space to move comfortably.

Timing is Everything
If you want to include certain traditions in your ceremony, understand that some guests may have a hard time sitting for an extended time. Try to keep the ceremony capped at the thirty-minute mark. After you say your vows, don’t let your guests wait too long for you to take photos, even if there is entertainment and food available. Guests can get frustrated if they wait too long for the reception to begin.

At your reception, you also need to balance your time well. Try to say hello to each of your guests and thank them for attending. Most people will be respectful of your time and understand they cannot hold a long conversation. Remember to focus time on your new spouse and have fun with your wedding party. You are the host!

Tips for Traveling Abroad for Your Honeymoon

Honeymoon planning is probably the most exciting detail when preparing for your wedding. You know that once the ceremony is over and your guests have said their good-byes, you get to take a long-awaited vacation with your new hubby. After months of hard work and organizing, you deserve some time away! If you are considering a trip abroad, here are some tips that can make your travel smooth and stress-free.

Use a travel agent.
You may consider yourself well-traveled, but your honeymoon isn’t just any old trip. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you want to make it great. Hire someone that will help you plan the details. Good travel agents are affordable, knowledgeable, and helpful. Many have relationships with vendors abroad so they can book hotel accommodations with upgrades and agent perks that you would not receive on your own. They know the best resorts to visit and helpful insider excursion tips. They can discuss your likes, dislikes, and make the perfect recommendations for your personal journey. Plus, outsourcing the details will simply make your life easier. You already have a lot on your plate!

Purchase Insurance.
Traveling abroad is expensive. Between airline tickets, hotels, non-refundable excursions, or even dinner reservations that require a deposit, the costs can add up quickly. We recommend purchasing travel insurance simply because you never know what curve balls life will throw your way.   The weather could choose to be uncooperative, wedding plans can become delayed, or one of you could become sick and unable to comfortably travel. To eliminate financial stress in any of these situations, talk to your travel agent about the best insurance policy for you. The last thing you want is pay for a honeymoon that you cannot attend.

We also recommend investigating travel medical insurance that will cover illness or injury while abroad. Most domestic health insurance plans will only cover expenses treated in the U.S. However, there are travel health insurance options that cover medical expenses within a network of doctors or healthcare facilities that can save you thousands of dollars out of pocket for treatments in other countries. Talk to your travel agent about different options and cover yourself for peace of mind.

Find an interpreter.
If you choose to travel to a country where English is not the primary language, we recommend hiring an interpreter for day-long excursions. They can help you understand behind the scenes history, assist with ordering meals, and offer added insight while touring their homeland. They can even make out-of-the-box suggestions so you can live like the “locals” for a day.

If you are eager to start the honeymoon prep, here is a checklist to get you moving in the right direction.

 

Tips to Make Your Wedding Planning Easier

Planning a wedding can seem overwhelming, there are many details to bring together.  If the thought of making it all happen at the right time creates anxiety, here are a few tips to help keep you on the right track.

Lists, Lists, Lists
If you are a list lover, this is an easy step for you.  If lists are not your thing, give it a shot anyway. The point is – wedding planning can be a lot to store in your head. Here are organizing pieces that are easier to maintain with a list.

  • To do’s – A planning list on paper will help you see your tasks in order so you can check them off as you go.
  • Vendor list – Create a list of vendors you need to visit with names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. It is a good idea to keep your vendor’s contact information handy, even saved in your smartphone.
  • Guest list – You will refer to your guest list for showers, pre-wedding parties, invitations, and thank you cards.
  • Wedding musts and wishes – As you are planning, write down the MUST happen items for your wedding alongside your list of wishes. Rather than throwing everything in all at once, this will help you prioritize and keep your budget under control. Your wish list items can be included through the process once you determine how your finances align with your preparation.

Hire a Planner
If you have the funds in your budget to hire a wedding planner, DO. It will be well-worth the expense. This person can ease your load by taking on tasks and details for you. She understands the planning process from start to finish and is a great resource for top wedding vendors.

Just Ask
If there is something extra you want for your wedding, ask. Whether is it a vendor, your coordinator, the reception hall, or a helpful comrade; sometimes the answer is “yes” if you simply ask! Perhaps you can expect a simple “no” for special circumstances and become pleasantly surprised to hear that “yes” is a possibility.

Save a Paper Trail
Keep a folder with a copy of all agreements and contracts. Even take note of the verbal agreements and promises to be stored in this file. You never know when this will come in handy. Your records should back up your demands in a crunch.

If you are interested in more planning tips, here is a checklist you can follow.

Planning an At-Home Wedding Reception

If you are planning to tie the knot and celebrate in the comfort of your own home, this endeavor may not be as easy as you think.  But, if your dream is to have an intimate backyard wedding, here are some things to consider.

Maximize Your Space:
  1. First, know how many guests you can comfortably accommodate and plan accordingly.
  2. If you do not have a large enough area for a sit-down meal, set high tables with stools in a variety of rooms and allow guests to roam freely.
  3. Remove furniture and make room to dance. This will help preserve your favorite couch and allow more room to celebrate! Be sure to leave some seating space for guests who need a break, or want to sit and mingle.
  4. Set aside an area for children to play. Include a few games or toys to keep the little ones entertained too!
  5. Rent a restroom trailer, especially if you are hosting outdoors. This will help minimize indoor foot traffic.
  6. Don’t forget Plan B! If you are using the great outdoors, use a tent to eliminate sun exposure or light rain.  But, also prepare enough space inside just in case.
  7. Define your boundaries by locking doors to any rooms you want to keep private.
Get Help:
  1. Use a wedding coordinator to help with the planning. A professional can offer a fresh perspective for making the best use of space, as well as guiding you in food selection, music, and other important details.
  2. Hire a caterer. You have an important job as the bride and the host, so don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on food preparation too.
  3. Hire a cleaning service, before and after the event. This is another important task you don’t want to take on alone.
  4. Hire a handy man to help fix leaky faucets, shaky railings, or anything else you don’t want to interfere.
Consider Parking:

Warn your neighbors that you are hosting a large party, especially if guests will be parking on the street.  You can also ask a local business if you can use or rent their parking lot.  It is worthwhile to hire an attendant to help guide your guests and prevent blocked driveways, mailboxes, crosswalks, etc.

Legalities:

Depending on the size of your wedding, there may be additional insurance or permits you are required to purchase before your event.  Check city, county, and neighborhood restrictions far enough in advance to assure you have the right documentation in place.  You don’t want your wedding reception cut short because of a legal formality.

 

If you are willing to host the party on your special day, make sure you prepare early to avoid getting overwhelmed.  If handled properly, you can create lasting memories in your very own intimate space!

Spring Event Planning

Our winter celebrations have come and gone and before you know it the weather will start getting warmer, with spring events in full swing! Whether you are planning an outdoor wedding, a St. Patrick’s Day event, or even a community Easter Egg Hunt, there is much planning to be done – including plans for portable toilets or restroom trailers!

Follow our tips below to help you plan for your portable restroom needs.

  • Start With The Number of People Expected

It is extremely important to determine the right ratio of bathroom to guests for your big event. You certainly don’t want to waste people’s time standing in lines while they could be having fun! It is also important to adjust your type of portable restroom to the specific event you will be having. The variations in portable restrooms can be suited towards your event, whether it be very casual or more elegant.

  • Determine What Sort of Food and Beverages Will Be Served

If you are planning to have a 3-course meal or simply a popcorn stand, you will still want to be sure to have restrooms available for the attendees. Determining what type of food and especially what type of beverages will be consumed can factor into how many portable restrooms you will need. If there will be plenty of food and plenty of drinks (especially alcohol!) you may want consider renting more portable restrooms than you first estimated.

  • Contact Our Team at Edmunds

Regardless of your portable restroom needs, our team at Edmunds will be able to assist you in your planning. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and to help ensure you have exactly what you need for your outdoor event.

By following these steps in planning for your spring event, you are ensuring your guests are comfortable and ready to have a great time. We, at Edmunds, are ready to help you plan the best event possible! Contact us today!