The Beauty of a Simple Wedding

Weddings are very exciting! All the time and planning you put into making it the perfect day pays off when you say, “I do.” Yet, a reception hall with hundreds of guests, a band, and seated dinner may not be your thing. There truly is beauty in keeping things simple.  Here’s why.

Less Stress

There is no doubt that planning a large wedding can make you frantic at times. One of the easiest ways to keep your wedding simple is to invite fewer guests.  By hosting less people, the cost of food and beverages will be noticeably lower, and your budget won’t make you pull your hair out!  You can hold your reception at a smaller venue and worry a little less about the seating arrangements.

Another way to keep things simple it to minimalize the number of vendors. Shuffling from vendor to vendor to plan the perfect wedding can be fun, but also time consuming. Perhaps you can hire a photographer but eliminate the videographer; have a friend capture a video instead.   Consider eliminating planning ideas that you simply can do without.  The extra stress of pulling together the extras may not be worth it.

More Intimate

If you prefer a smaller wedding and decide to keep the perks to a minimum, your ceremony and reception can have a very sweet and intimate feel. You can keep your focus on the guests who are there to celebrate your special day, the ceremony itself, and most importantly, your husband-to-be.  Leave the worry and stress to someone else and just enjoy the moment. A joyful and peaceful presence is contagious, and you set the tone. No one will remember that you opted to do without the ice sculpture but will tell stories of when you sang a song to your new husband at the reception!

Most importantly, realize that not everything will go as planned. Any bridezilla can sweat the small stuff but going with the flow goes long way.  

How to Avoid Becoming Bridezilla

Planning a wedding can be stressful, there are a lot of details to consider! It is important to stay focused on what is truly important (your marriage) and not let the particulars get the best of you.  After all, you don’t want your friends and family to see you as “Bridezilla”!  Keep these things in mind.

Don’t Stress Over Details.

We get it, you want your day to be perfect.  But the hard truth is…not everything will always go according to plan.  But, that’s ok!  Chances are, you are the only one who will notice if there is a snag.  If you create a plan, and stick to that plan, the vital details will fall into place.  A key part of your planning should be in creating your budget.  Finances tend to be one of the major stresses brides will face.  Keeping your finances in control can certainly help your mood stay upbeat.

Ask for Help.

There is a reason you have a bridal party.  You want the people you love by your side, but don’t be afraid to ask them to help with the specifics.   If everything falls on your shoulders, the few weeks before your wedding are sure to be tense.  When you are tense, everyone around you can sense it.  What you say and the tone you use can easily be misinterpreted, causing you to be labeled as a “Bridezilla.”

Be Nice.

Your wedding is a joyful event. The people surrounding you are there to support and rejoice by your side, so treat them with gratitude.  You have grand expectations for the day, and the day will not fall apart if something doesn’t go according to plan.  The most important thing is to celebrate, not create the perfect party and lose relationships!

It is easy to get caught up in your emotions when you are under stress.  Just keep a kind-hearted spirit and don’t sweat the small stuff.  Your wedding is important, and you want it to be filled with cheer!

Overcoming Last-Minute Wedding Anxiety

You have a big day ahead of you, no wonder you feel a little overwhelmed!  But, there is no need to hold onto unnecessary anxiety.  Here are a few tips to help you relieve some of that unwanted stress.

  1. Make a To-Do List.

    Typically when brides feel overwhelmed, simple organization can offer some relief. Make a “To-Do” list in order of priority and start delegating.  Some things you will want to handle on your own, and that is okay. But, if someone else can check off a certain item for you…let them!

  2. Call on the Bridal Party.

    Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for help, this is one of their primary responsibilities. Your wedding party should be made up of close friends and family who want to pitch in and make your day special.  So, ask a trusted bridesmaid to make that call and coordinate the cake delivery details instead.

  3. Make Time for Yourself.

    Some brides prefer to take a few hours to decompress on their own, and some feel more relaxed with a few close friends by their side. Choose your company wisely, and hit the spa!  You may want to fit in a last-minute hair removal or manicure appointment before the honeymoon anyway.

  4. Eliminate Work Stress.

    This is the time to only focus on your wedding. Let someone else cover any work responsibilities leading up to your event and through the duration of your honeymoon.  And…this may be the tricky part…don’t think about anything that may be sitting on your desk!  It will be there waiting when you return.

  5. Soak It In.

    This event will only happen once, so enjoy it! Yes, it is possible that something may go wrong.  Go with the flow and don’t allow yourself to stress over tiny mix-ups.  Chances are, you are the only person who will know that something didn’t go exactly as planned.

The most important part of your wedding day is the union of you and the groom. Have a wonderful time and enjoy, everything else will fall into place!