Planning your wedding can be one of the most wonderful experiences, but just like any event, it takes a lot of organisation and tons of patience. This year I planned my wedding in the very short space of 6 months - yep, talk about a challenge! Because we didn't have lots of time, we soon realised that we didn't only need to step up our organising game, but we also had to find ways to relieve the pressure during the highs and the lows of such an amazing time. So whether you have 2 years to plan, or 2 months, here are 5 things that will help you keep your cool during the planning process...


Notebooks are KEY for keeping sane during this time in your life. Having a notebook, journal, or planner will enable you to take all the tasks that are clogging up your brain, and put them away so you can address them when the time is right. At the end of the day, planning takes a lot of time and it can be hard to juggle when you still have other responsibilities such as family and work to process too. Leaving your wedding to-do lists in a book or in a folder allows you to keep focussed, and can bring the balance your life needs when you begin to feel overwhelmed.

EXTRA TIP: If you want to take it a step further, try making a visual mood board for your day. Or even better... try Pinterest! Writing a list is awesome, but putting together visual examples of what you want your day to look like will make everything that extra bit exciting. Plus, it always helps to have a reference, especially when you want to share your vision with your party.


Once you start planning, you will quickly realise that wedding prices are not a joke. You'll be quoted extortionate prices for outifts, flowers, catering...and don't even get me started on the venue!
Setting a clear personal budget beforehand will help you set clear boundaries, which will be very important when you're talking to different vendors and wedding suppliers. There's so much temptation for you to overspend for the 'perfect day', however this will only leave you with a ton of pressure and under financial strain. No matter your budget, there are so many creative ways to make your day a special one, so don't feel like you need to fork out cash you don't have. 

EXTRA TIP: If you want to save ££ think about where you can incorporate fun D.I.Y projects instead of buying everything from a supplier. Get creative with the venue and look at discount and high street stores for discounts on suits and dresses. If you need to save money to hit your target, keep track of your current spending habits by using budgeting apps. Rather than trying to 'raise' the money, set yourself saving goals and think about the indulgent parts of your spending that can be reduced.


Hands up all my control freaks! If you're like me, you may find it hard to delegate because you want to make sure everything. Is. Perfect. However having loved ones to share the work load with can make a huge difference. Within your bridal party, focus on peoples strentghs and delegate different task to different people depending on these. Do you have a bridemaid who'd make a natural MC, or a sibling who is a whizz with crafts? Don't take on these tasks alone, get them involved. This is the biggest event of your year after all, so why not collaborate with the ones you love?

EXTRA TIP: D.I.Y projects are great for getting expensive touches at a cheaper price, but remember to be realistic with time. Planning too many projects can save the dollar, but if you and your bridal party haven't slept because of the work load, simplify it! Delegation can also mean looking at finding businesses and companies that will do jobs for you at a discount rates.


Believe it or not, when you're surrounded by the people you love, the little things won't matter on the day. It's so easy to stress out over the finer details - from the centrepieces and guest favours, to the lighting and napkin choice. The truth is you'll be spending so much time talking to friends, family (oh, and the love of your life) on the day that you won't even notice half of these things. 

Now, that doesn't mean you shouldn't have that band you adore, or you should stop hunting down the dress of your dreams. By all means, include the things you love - it's your day and it should reflect your personality after all!  But when suppliers let you down last minute, or you find yourselves arguing over the colour scheme, it's always worth remembering that the day is about something far more important. Not everything will be in your control on the day and that's completely okay!


If you find that you have no time (or even spare cash) to plan a honeymoon, try having one later on in the year. Rather than pressuring yourself to book a dream get away pre-wedding, give yourself some time to relax after the day- maybe at a spa or somewhere close by.
We didn't actually plan our honeymoon until the week after the wedding and it was such a weight off! Not only did this mean we could actually breathe after biggest day of our lives, but we were also able to get a really great last minute deal at a good price.

EXTRA TIP: Don't feel pressured to go on a honeymoon abroad, especially if it's not something you feel like doing. With a bit of research you may find that there are plenty of gorgeous places in your country or city that you didn't know existed. There are no rules when it comes to this, so just do what suits you!

All wedding photos are by the wonderful Grace Elizabeth Photography



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