Your dream wedding and reception are planned down to the minute in detail. It is going to be perfect. You have counted and recounted the RSVPs and scoured all your sources for THE linens to bring the wow to the place settings. And you could just pinch yourself over the to die for custom-color on the cake. After all, this isn’t just any event– this is THE big day. The day you’ve dreamt of since, well, forever.
What happens when things don’t exactly go as planned or you can’t afford the dress you’ve had your eye on? After all, it’s impossible to anticipate something like the cake not arriving on time, or being unable to book THE venue, or, on the wedding day, one of the groomsmen is stuck on a boat that’s run out of gas in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay (true story). With a bit of forethought and preparation, you can tame your inner Bridezilla.
- Make a budget. Decide which things are most important to you and fill in the rest with what makes sense according to what’s left.
- Enlist help. Surround yourself with people who love and support you– your ride-or-die besties who are there when you need them. Delegate as much as possible so that your to-do list is easily managed.
- Keep your sense of humor. Sure, you’ve envisioned it a million times, but life is life with only so much you can control- best to carry on with a light heart.
- Know that things happen. Manage your expectations. Maybe your bridesmaids can’t afford the dress you saw in a celebrity wedding– go with plan B.
- Breathe. Practice ways to destress. Whether it’s yoga, taking a power-nap or having a glass of wine with friends, finding positive ways to relieve anxiety and stress will serve you well, long past the big day.