Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience. While planning all those appointments, executing seating, and attending beauty treatments, it is important to remember that this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, and an event focused on you and your beloved coming together.
To help take the stress off, we have put together a list of wedding essentials—once these are in place, you can relax safe in the knowledge that nothing major is missing!
When thinking of a wedding, one of the first considerations is usually the dress. For brides, this is the focal point of planning, and something they will have been thinking about for years. Whether you opt for a traditional bridal gown or alternative outfits, getting this out of the way early on will reduce some of your stress. The key is to make sure everyone is comfortable.The last thing you want is to be distracted on the day by constantly tugging down a hem or hooking up a neckline, Feeling comfortable will also help to make sure you look fabulous—everyone’s a winner!
Your wedding day will be a whirlwind of emotion and activity, so make sure there is a professional on hand to capture every moment. Often, the best photos are the candid shots rather than pre-prepared pieces, so look for someone who has experience in this area. A videographer is also a great investment. There is nothing better than looking back at the footage years later and having a laugh at everyone’s hairstyles, or marvelling at how much little Freddie has grown up!
If people are fed, they are generally pretty happy. The food at a wedding doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. The rules are that there should be enough of it for everyone, it should be delicious, and it should be readily available. Don’t be one of those couples who invite your guests to wait four hours between ceremony and reception without so much as a bread roll! Make sure you cater for any allergies and dietary requirements. It is a good idea to ask for these in the RSVP to allow you plenty of time.
There is no point in planning a fantastic wedding if no one knows it is happening! It is a good idea to send a save the date early on to give people a chance to prepare and book accommodation or annual leave if necessary. The invitations themselves can be fairly casual—even electronic if you are eco-friendly. Of course, if you want to go all out with traditional calligraphy and hand sealed envelopes, then be my guest. You (hopefully) only get married once.
When all is said and done, your wedding is just a day. The marriage afterwards is the crucial element here, so take the time to enjoy your new husband or wife, have a few glasses of bubbly, and celebrate the fact that you found someone out of the 6 billion people on the planet to spend your life with!