Planning a wedding can be meticulous, confusing, and stressful all at the same time. This is especially true when you have to deal with so many details and often, difficult people. You may sometimes find that money plays a large factor, and you may encounter a whole host of problems if you have a small budget to play with.
Aside from the ceremony itself, you will also have to concern yourself with a range of other aspects. Elements such as the guest list, venue, date, rings, gowns, entourage, invitations and announcements all have to be dealt with within a reliably short period of time. If you are not used to this type of pressure then you will no doubt benefit from a few simple strategies to help you cope with planning your day.
A great starting point is to envision your dream wedding. You must be able to picture out the kind of event that you want to have. This way, you will at least have an idea of a few of the features that are top priorities to you and should often be deal with first. See if you can picture any of the things you want for your event, for example, your dress, venue, food, and transportation.
Come up with a master schedule, a checklist of what to do. This is one important sheet of paper as this will serve as a guide that will tell you where you are in terms of your goal. This should also be given to all the people involved in organizing the event to make them aware of your timetable.
When you get down to the nitty-gritty of planning it is a good idea to create a day-to-day schedule and include the specific things you have to accomplish on that day. Remember that the list should include the travel time, allowances for small talk, and any downtime you foresee yourself needing. With a schedule in your hand, you will not be rushing here and there feeling lost about what you are supposed to do. An organized list will help you to keep your cool and avoid getting stressed.
One good strategy is to have a separate sheet that contains a list of all the details of every important activity related to the wedding. Be very detailed in listing down the point person for a specific event or activity. Also indicate the present level of the task in the preparation stage, and the target date of accomplishment.
You can also take advantage of wedding planning software to help you computerize your tasks. You can prepare an Excel form for the checklist format as this will allow easy identification of the things that have already been done and which have yet to be accomplished. It is a good idea to make any written plans detailed to help ensure that you do not forget anything.
These approaches can go a long way in making the whole planning and actual wedding stress-free and enjoyable. Observing these simple tactics should hopefully help to keep off the pressure.