No one tells you – wedding planning can be a royal pain. Weddings are dreamy and the preparations are supposed to feel inspired. But often it just seems like a long list of chores. And for someone like me who can barely make my bed every morning, the endless checklists are definitely wearisome.
Here are a few tips to cut the hassle out of tackling your wedmin lists!
This pocket-sized planner from Smythson was a gift from one of my bridesmaids and has been my constant companion during the planning process.
As you can see, most of the tabs are already dog-eared from use. Great for keeping contact details on hand at all times and jotting down notes on the go!
When I popped the question to my bridesmaids, I wanted it to be the perfect proposal. So I tucked a vintage handkerchief embroidered with their initials into a card.
These personalized hankies hark back to a bygone era, and they make lovely retro keepsakes.
Just remember whenever anyone does anything for you, it costs more. So if possible, take matters into your own hands and get crafty! You’ll have fun and save a few precious pence. For instance, I researched wedding confetti costing as much as $12 per person! So I decided be clever and make them myself.
All it takes is a bag of birdseed, some tulle discs, and a spool of pretty ribbon to tie them with!
And since a lot of confetti is made of plastic, paper and mylar, you’ll be going green and keeping the birdies happy!
We also used the same ribbon on the favor bags. Little details go a long way to tying a theme (or a color scheme) together.
Tried and true
There’s something to be said for sticking to what you know. I was beyond pleased with Whole Foods floral department for all the wedding pieces and table arrangements. Afterall, I’ve been getting beautiful, artful bouquets from them for years. Why would I trust another florist I’ve never used before, when I’m guaranteed great quality and value from a neighborhood favorite?
Mile High Bride
Wedding planning is stressful enough without the added strain of international travel. As an ex-pat bride I had to cope with numerous transatlantic flights which can really take a toll on the immune system.
If you have plans to travel by air around your wedding, I highly recommend the below products which promote wellness for the on-the-go bride.
We are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on an airplane. Altitude Oil fends off bugs that circulate inside the cabin; just sprinkle a few drops onto a tissue and inhale deeply. It’s a strong antiviral blend with soothing scents of eucalyptus and jasmine.
I also like to carry on a Mile High Pack from Nosh Detox, which is designed for frequent fliers – a neatly packaged treasure trove of probiotics and supplements to help you hit the runway feeling fresh.
No one (and I mean no one) pulls off planning a wedding single-handedly. There are people helping in the tiniest and most meaningful ways. Make sure you say thanks.
Enjoy every moment
Planning a wedding is daunting – there’s no doubt about it. It can be a drawn-out process. But it should be swell.
So make sure you savor the fun times – like the bridal shower my dear cousin hosted for me in America.
It was a bridal tea (a nod to my adopted homeland these days) but hosted the American way – with lots of wonderful canapés and a decadent cakes!
And these adorable anchor petit-fours!
Love is delicious.
And planning your wedding can be too!
So let yourself eat cake! (It’s good practice for the big day).