Tips for planning a stress-free wedding


(NC) — Planning a dream wedding ranks as one of the most exciting times for couples, but with so many details, it can also become very stressful. In honour of an estimated one in four Canadian couples getting engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, here are four simple tips to plan a perfect day – without the headache:

1. Make lists.

Before you start working on the wedding plans, take some time to prepare detailed lists. Sit down and think of all of the key tasks and decisions required to make your wedding day perfect. Start a binder or electronic spreadsheet to keep track of your planning progress.

2. Set your budget and stick to it.

Nothing is more stressful than going over budget and not knowing how to pay for the difference. Before you start choosing your venue, flowers and vendors, sit down together and prioritize what’s most important. Are you foodies? If so, spend money on the caterer. Do you both live for music? Consider hiring a great DJ that will entertain you and your guests. Knowing what’s essential will help you decide where you can save on other details.

3. Shop early for your dress.

Victoria Rucks at David’s Bridal Canada, a leading special occasion and wedding retailer, recommends that brides shop early to avoid feeling rushed into making a decision. “While many brides walk into our stores across the country and leave with their dream dress on the same day, for some, it’s a slower process. Shop at least six to eight months in advance so you can try on various styles and see what looks best on you. Be sure to leave time for alterations to ensure that you have the perfect dress for your big day. This is a time in your life when you can try on many exquisite, figure-flattering dresses, so enjoy it. Have fun instead of rushing.”

4. Get friends and family involved.

Trying to handle everything on your own will soon leave you exhausted. Choose a few trustworthy and well-organized friends or family members and assign them specific tasks to assist you with the wedding. Having others involved will make them more excited about your big day as well.

Additional tips and wedding information is available online at www.davidsbridal.ca.

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