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{GB} How To Take The Stress Out Of Planning Your Wedding


Posted by Kym

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It’s strange that the build up to the happiest day of a couple’s life is, more often than not, fraught with an incomparable anxiety. To make the special day as perfect as possible requires meticulous planning and attention to detail.

So how can a bride and groom reduce the stress levels associated with such an important event?

Plan everything well in advance

This is the most important bit of advice a couple can receive. Approximately six months preparation time before the big day should be enough to comfortably organise all aspects of the wedding.

Venues, guest lists, dresses, colour schemes, catering, invitations and much, much more have to be decided upon and booked well in advance of the actual ceremony, so be prepared to put the hours in. Remember that planning a wedding is a big task for just two people so enlist the help of friends and family where possible.

Ignore the opinions of others

A lot of well-meaning people will be giving you advice, telling you what looks good and what doesn’t, and who you should invite and who you shouldn’t. But remember, it’s your day. You make the decisions, and you are in control. Don’t allow yourself to be influenced by the opinions of others, as you may end up being the bride and groom at someone else’s wedding.

Stay in Control

One common cause of stress is the fear of guests not respecting the importance of the day, by bringing their personal disputes up during the event. However any awkward situations can most likely be avoided through the wonders of an strategically designed seating plan and tactical people positioning in the wedding photographs.

Be as relaxed as possible

If it’s all getting too much, take some time out for yourself. Grooms could play a round of golf, or just go for a pint with friends, and brides may find that a day in a health spa is just what they need to bring everything into perspective.

And if all else fails…

If you really don’t have the time, or just can’t justify the extra stress of planning your wedding, there’s always the option of getting the professionals in. Contrary to the stereotypes portrayed in various Hollywood movies, most wedding planners are in reality, extremely professional, experienced and well organised individuals who know what they’re doing. They’ll have have a good foundation of knowledge to work from, and know who to rely on it terms of catering, florists etc.

That fact of the matter is this: even with all the planning in the world, no wedding will be absolutely perfect. It’s important not to let small hiccups ruin the occasion, as it’s highly unlikely that guests will even notice these minor issues. The day should be a celebration, not a military exercise in precision. A wedding should be completely centred around the bride and groom, all the other details are totally insignificant in comparison.

The essential part of day is not the catering, guests or even the dress. In the end, the wedding will be a memory and one that you will never forget. It’s all about you committing to someone for life, and remembering that is of paramount importance.

{GB = Guest Blogger} Written by Michelle Rider at Braxted Park. Braxted Park Estate is one of the top country house wedding venues in Essex, set in an idyllic location in the heart of the Essex countryside. With a capacity of 50-300, Braxted Park cater for weddings in Essex of varying sizes, all year round.



  • I think the single most important thing is to remember what the day is about: marrying the love of your life. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

    • Kym

      Ms Adams - I couldn’t have said it better myself! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  • One more helpful tip, ask your vendors for help. They will know other great people in the industry. Great wedding vendors should hold your hand every step of the way leading up to your wedding.

  • A little Rescue Remedy might not hurt either! Great suggestions!

  • Great ideas but there is still going to be a level of stress because there is so much work to do. :)

  • Elope :)

  • Thanks for sharing this advice

  • Some great advice.

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