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How To Take The Stress Out Of Wedding Planning

  |   By Mackenzie Patterson

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With all the new apps, services, and special calendars devoted to helping you plan your wedding, it sometimes seems as though the whole process has become more, not less, confusing. From stationery to photographers to food, there are so many things to think about in advance of your big day, and truth be told, it can be overwhelming!

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to streamline the whole process and take the stress out of wedding planning. Your big day should be all about the love you and your groom share and the beginning of your lives together, so cut the fuss with these tips:

1. Hire a wedding planner.  One of the best ways to cut down on extra tasks and to-dos is to hire a wedding planner to do everything for you. While finding a wedding planner who shares your unique wedding style and vision may seem like an overwhelming task, once you find the right person, your wedding will fall into place with almost no effort on your part.

2. Book a hotel, banquet centre or golf course venue. The best part about using a hotel, banquet centre or a golf course as your venue is that the staff there is usually accustomed to throwing large dues like weddings, so they're sure to handle most of the heavy lifting. Plus, venues like this will usually have all of the dinnerware, chairs, tables, and even some of the décor on hand already in addition to an on-site catering team, making your job a cinch.

3. Cut your guest list in half. One of the simplest ways to cut down on tasks (and costs!) for your wedding is to reduce the number of people you're inviting. Do you really need to invite your third grade teacher to your celebration? What about your fifth cousin twice removed from Arkansas? Probably not.

4. Ask your friends and family to help out. Some of the most beautiful and heartfelt weddings are the result of a collaborative and creative team effort. There's nothing more touching than having a close relative officiate the ceremony, a family friend sing at your reception, or your mom bake the cake. A wedding is truly a labour of love, and asking your friends and family to help out is not only special and meaningful, but it can also help you cut costs and simplify your planning process.


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