The average cost of a UK wedding is over £27,000. While help from parents and savings can go a long way, there is no doubt that the cost of a wedding causes some stress for potential brides and grooms. The cost, coupled with the debate about who to invite, the venue and when to have it can leave you feeling frazzled.
Is it possible to have a stress free wedding? We think so, but, it requires some planning. Follow these five ways to create a wedding which will keep you calm.
PLAN AHEAD AND TAKE TIME OFF
The last thing you want to be doing a week before the wedding is running around and trying to finish everything. In Marie Claire’s 12-month planning guide you’ll see that the big stuff needs to be taken care of first. The final week should simply involve confirming everything and relaxing. Yes, relaxing. You’ve worked hard, so you deserve to relax before the big day.
Have a good night’s sleep the days prior to your wedding and feel rested and relaxed for the big day. Take a few days off work before your wedding day so you don’t need to stress about working before your special day.
SET A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT
The cost will be a huge factor in your wedding. It’s important to discuss what your budget is and finalise it. Being strict will make it easier but it’s important to be realistic. If you want to have a lavish wedding in the summer then you’ll need to budget an appropriate amount. Remember that you don’t need a huge budget to have an amazing wedding day.
Thankfully, there are some great ways to save money for your wedding day. Buying a discounted wedding dress can help cut the cost. Sample sales (wedding dresses which have been sampled by others or used in a marketing campaign) are much cheaper but still just as beautiful as full price dresses.
Other ways to save money are making your own invitations and table decorations, booking your honeymoon at the last minute to try and get a last-minute deal, or avoiding getting married on a Saturday or bank holiday (when venue prices increase dramatically).
DO IT YOUR WAY
“You’re not having a flower girl?” or “I wouldn’t bother with high heels.” You’ll hear a lot of advice from people about their own ideal wedding day and it can get tiresome. It’s important to remember what you want. Parents, in particular, can become quite overbearing. Always thank people for their advice but don’t feel like you have to follow it. This is your day, do it your way.
PRIORITISE THE GUEST LIST
The guest list. This should be an exciting time to get all of your family and friends together for a day of celebration. Yet, somehow, the guest list can cause some of the biggest problems. You don’t want to offend anybody if you don’t invite them, but your venue can only hold so many people.
Create your guest list as soon as possible after getting engaged. If you don’t, the dread will build up until you finally have to do it. Worst of all, you don’t want people asking you if they’ll be invited before you’ve decided.
Friends and family can often be the saviour of weddings. From tasks such as doing everybody’s hair to keeping your divorced aunt and uncle away from each other, friends are there for you. Many friends are happy to help with the planning too. If you need somebody to pick up the flowers or decorate the venue, get everyone involved. You don’t need to do it all yourself.
Jo Cowan & Claire Chapman,
Author Bio – Sisters Jo Cowan and Claire Chapman run Belle Bridal. Specialising in wedding dresses at a discounted price means brides can find their perfect dress within their budget for the big day.