By Rashim Nabanja
Wedding planning doesn’t have to be as hectic as people may make it seem. With the right company and creative ideas, it can be turned into a fun having activity.
The only reason as to why couples think wedding planning causes stress and anxiety is because they tend to rush it, instead of taking their time to figure out everything as they have fun with the entire process.
Here are some few tips on how you can plan your wedding as you have fun with it;
Give yourself plenty of time
Couples tend to be very eager to get married as soon as they are engaged. This is why most make a common mistake and put the wedding date so close giving them limited time to prepare.
There is no way you will have fun preparing your wedding if you don’t give yourself as much time as you can. This is because you will be so much focused on meeting a very close deadline and even when you try to loosen up, it may feel like you are wasting time and could be doing something better.
This is one of the major reasons as to why couples usually slip into depression, anxiety/stress.
It is very important to take your time during this phase. If you have enough time to prepare, it will be easy for everything to fall in place without you trying that hard.
However crazy it may seem, it is even way better to start planning before you choose the wedding date. Sulaina Namatovu, a secondary school teacher says when planning for their wedding, she and her husband first visited multiple service providers they were hoping to work with before they even set a date, “We decided to look into various service providers to find out more about their work and prices, the reason we did this before even picking a date was to ease on the pressure of meeting a deadline.”
Namatovu adds that even when they chose a date, they had to first communicate with the service providers they had planned to settle for and find out if they were all to be available on the day selected.
Go attire shopping with people that you feel free being around you
Choosing wedding attire is usually more hectic for the ladies compared to the men. Picking out the perfect wedding dress may seem easy until you are in a sea full of them and you can’t still find the perfect one. Wedding dress shopping comes with a lot of work since you have to try on as many gowns as possible, just to find one that suits both your taste and body type.
Get a friend or some people to help you with this part. Having someone around that you are familiar with will make things way more interesting compared to when you are alone. You will not even realize any hectic part of the entire process.
You can also decide to go with your matron to-be so that you can both try on your dresses at the same time.
Flavia Twikirize, a fashion designer and CEO of Flashy Bridals however advises brides to avoid going dress shopping with too much company, because then making a decision will be harder. One to two people are enough.
Couples tend to take cake tasting lightly but it is part of the most important things on your wedding day. Do not order a cake flavour/ type for your wedding just because you heard from someone about how great it tastes. Take time and experience the taste yourself.
According to Shamim Nakayi, a baker, at sweet cakes, it is important for couples to go cake tasting together because never know, they might come across something better than what they had in mind.
She however adds that cake tasting can be fun and a way to relax because aside from getting to choose from various types of cakes basing on appearance, you get to taste each and every one of them for free until you land on what works for you.
Involve your partner in each step of the way
It is just like playing a game. Playing alone can never be fun the way it will be when you have a play partner. Involve your partner in each step of the way. For the ladies, no matter how busy your partner is that they may not be able to be present all the time, always keep them updated on what is going on, ask them for their likes and dislikes, what colours they may hate/like, opinions about food, venues, music and all the other details of the wedding.
It always makes things much more easy and interesting when you get to make decisions with the person you love. Happiness will fill both your hearts whenever you get to agree and come to a conclusion together as a team.
Wedding meetings with cocktails
Wedding meetings do not have to always be serious and straight to the point. As long as you will get your point across to those that have attended, you can get a little more creative with your wedding meeting.
Organize a cocktail, barbeque or some games. Give the people attending a lively mood and since the meetings are usually about contributions, this will be a way of motivating everyone to contribute.
One of the reasons as to why people don’t like attending wedding meetings is because they can’t take the boredom and seriousness that goes on there so they try to make as many excuses as possible.
Bachelors/bachelorette parties are usually the seal offs of wedding planning. Aside from bidding farewell to single life, they also act as a way to relax and cool off from all the stress that you might have gone through during the wedding preparations.
Since these parties are meant for fun and relaxation, a bride/groom need to be surrounded by only people that they feel comfortable around. This is because the goal is to let the bride/groom have a relaxing moment, inviting someone that they may not feel relaxed around will just make the entire celebration lose its meaning.
It is therefore important to talk to the couple and get to know who should be invited and who should be left out.
These few tips will not only get you through your planning with ease, but you will get to your wedding in a happy and much more relaxed mood hence enjoying yourself to the maximum.