So you’re planning your wedding and have figured out that there are nearly as many opinions out there as there are people on your invitation list. Here’s a simple little formula to remember…(time known+who they’re related to) / gift they’re likely to bring = happiness. Just kidding, it’s really quite simple, it’s your day. Yep, that’s it. No secret formula, or calculator, required. But you can be sure there’s going to be some ruffled feathers somewhere on your list. Here are a few tips to prevent some of the biggies.
Sure, you want everybody to have a fantastic time. You want everybody to remember your wedding and talk about it like one of these over the top, epic events. But in the end, the wedding is the celebration of the love you share with your partner.
- Financial – Unless you’re the one holding the purse strings, try to avoid placing yourself as the point of contact when it comes to making payments. You have plenty of things on your plate without trying to remember if you’ve made the initial deposit on your cake or paid the retaining fee for your wedding photographer.
- Expectations – Setting clear expectations with everybody involved lays out the ground rules but also gives them some insight into what your dream wedding is…and what it isn’t. Say you’ve had enough of the Harlem shake, you may want to let everybody know there will be no spontaneous donning of elephant costumes at your reception. (please do this) If your future Mother in-law has offered to “take care” of the hotel reservations, you may want to make sure she knows that the no-tel motel on the edge of the highway is not your idea of a great location. That way she’ll at least have a starting point and you won’t have to delouse your suitcase after the big day. On the topic of expectations, any vendor you deal with SHOULD have a written contract that both you and they sign. Your big day is not the place for any big surprises. The day you sign with Sean Purcell Photography, your big day is blocked off and that day belongs to you no matter who approaches us after. Many vendors have this same sort of first come-first served practice.
- Physical fitness – There is a mountain of evidence that regular exercise releases chemicals into the body that promote good, healthy thought patterns. But don’t take our word for it, check out this article on Managing Stress with Regular Exercise. Besides a healthy outlook, who doesn’t want to look HOTTTT on their big day?
- And closely related to fitness…relax. That’s right. Nothing magical or mysterious here. Sit back and take a deep breath. It will all work out and when you’re flipping through your wedding album (trust us, you’re going to show it to everybody and anybody who crosses paths with you) do you really want to think about the endless ours of blood, sweat and tears you put yourself through trying to make everybody happy with every detail? I’m guessing the answer is a resounding no. It’s the smile and look in your new spouse’s eyes, the first dance, your father’s embrace when he gave you away that you want to remember. So just sit back, let others help you and enjoy the ride. 🙂
Now, what other tips do you have for keeping things calm during the wedding planning phase? We LOVE comments, so don’t just sit there in the corner, leave your best tips for keeping it chilled in the comment section below.
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