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10 Simple Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding

Congratulations... You're engaged! You are about to embark on the road of lifetime happiness with your special partner!

But before that, there's the small task of planning a wedding. Try not to freak out, as I will be your assistant wedding event planner with my top 10 tips for a stress-free wedding.

Wife stares into husbands eyes whilst in a warm embrace at Hunter Valley wedding

TIP #1 - You can never be too organised

Even if your big day is 2 years away, don't leave organisation to the last minute! Many vendors book out 2 years in advance so you can never be too early to start booking. This also avoids disappointment if you don't get your preferred supplier.

TIP #2 - Location, Location, Location!

Choosing a venue is one of the biggest decisions to make as it can affect your whole day. I always suggest to brides to choose a venue that offers the ceremony and reception in the same spot. This makes it so much easier for guests by not having to travel and helps to keep the 'party vibe' going.

Bridal party share a drink and funny pose at Glenmore country estate wedding

TIP #3 - Don't forget about the weather

You may have dreamt about being married by the ocean on a beautiful summer's day. Whilst it's great to plan for this, you always need to have a wet weather option planned out. Make sure all your vendors are aware of the wet weather backup too as they may need to adjust their service/s last minute.

TIP #4 - Create a timeline

This is probably one of the more important tips for a stress-free wedding day. Your timeline can control how easily your day flows or affect how anxious and rushed it feels. Since a lot of the day revolves around taking photos and video during available daylight, it is usually the photographer who makes the timeline (working around your set ceremony time, etc). I suggest reaching out to your wedding photographer for advice and also work with your wedding coordinator. By not consulting your photographer or videographer about timing, you might not get the best time of the day lighting-wise for your creative session and it won’t be their fault if you don’t end up with all of the photos and shots you want.

TIP #5 - Organise your outfit

If you plan on having a custom-made ballgown with several layers and intricate designs, you'd better start making plans now. Some bridal gowns can take up to 12 months to make, and sometimes this is without alterations! Popular designers occasionally have a large delay due to higher demands. So if you have your heart set on something, make sure to put this at the top of your priority list.

TIP #6 - Break in your wedding shoes

I have seen many brides who order stunning 9-inch heels to wear for their wedding day, and then cannot even stand in them when their big day arrives. It is SO important to break in your wedding shoes, as you are often in them for at least 8 hours of the day. The last thing you need on your wedding day is feet full of blisters. Some brides even come prepared for sore feet and bring along a comfier set of shoes such as sneakers or thongs.

Brides wedding shoes, perfume and handkerchief displayed on wooden bench in Hunter Valley

TIP #7 - Delegate

Most couples have the 'organiser' of the two who usually takes the lead in planning the wedding day. However, when the day arrives, you will not be capable of keeping track of every little thing that happens. This is why it's a great idea to delegate tasks to a close friend or family member. For example, ask your Aunty to ensure the cake has been delivered. This will reduce a great deal of stress for your wedding day and allow you to enjoy it.

TIP #8 - Allow for errors

Even if you organise your wedding day perfectly, something usually always goes wrong. Unfortunately, there are always external factors outside of your control that can affect your planning. Human error also has its place, as people make mistakes even on a wedding day. However, try not to let this get to you. Whilst it may be really upsetting if something doesn't go right, often you can't control it and in 5 years' time will it really even matter? Try to enjoy the day you worked so hard on planning for.

TIP #9 - Pack an emergency kit

Hope for the best and plan for the worst, am I right? You never know what you’re going to need until you don’t have it, so spend the week leading up to your wedding day slowly putting together an emergency kit. Fill it with breath mints, makeup wipes, a mini sewing kit, hair spray, tissues, fashion tape, bobby pins, scissors, panadol, lotion…etc. Anything you can think of that you might need on the day.

TIP #10 - Breathe and enjoy it

Couples spend so much time planning and organising their wedding day, and it goes by in a flash! Make sure to take time with your partner to really enjoy the celebration. I often get my couples to take this time for themselves during sunset photos with just the two of them. This allows my couples that chance to breathe and be with each other - and makes for stunning photos as well :)

Have any questions about planning your big day? Feel free to get in touch and ask me anything!