I see a lot of brides and grooms start to get panicky within the weeks before their wedding even if they've planned everything out to a T. I've heard stories of crazy stress dreams they've experienced like waking up on your wedding day and realizing that you forgot to book the venue or showing up at your wedding and your grandma is also wearing your same wedding dress (I can't make this up!). Stress can get the best of us and as the big day approaches it's of course normal to feel anxious as you wonder how your vision will come to life.
Because I want your shindig to flow as smoothly as possible, here are 3 common issues I've seen on the wedding day and how to avoid them.
1. Not budgeting enough time before the ceremony.
I always tell my couples that the most important time to plan for is actually before the wedding even starts. It's fun to plan out how the flow of the reception will go but easy to forget how much needs to happen before you even walk down the aisle! How you start the day will set the tone for the rest of your wedding so you'll want to make sure you budget in plenty of buffer time in between all of the pre-ceremony to-dos.
There are plenty of little things that can throw a wrench in your timeline such as hair and makeup delays, traffic, forgetting your shoes back at the hotel, scrambling to find your marriage license (keep track of that thing...it's important!) or photos taking longer than expected. Do yourself a favor and don't jam-pack your pre-ceremony timeline too tightly so that you can show up at your ceremony calm and ready to marry your boo.
2. Finishing DIY projects on your wedding weekend.
I know it sounds crazy, but I've seen it many times and it always causes more stress than it needs to. Maybe you remember last minute that you want a menu for the bar so after your rehearsal dinner you plan to run around town to find a Kinkos or you procrastinated on doing your escort cards...whatever the case is, try as much as humanly possible to get ALL your projects done at least a week before the wedding! There will inevitably be little issues to deal with that weekend (switching around seating assignments, dealing with family requests...etc.) so make life a little easier on yourself and get yo stuff done early!
3. Getting upset over the little details.
I'm sure you've heard it a million times before, but it's likely that something will go wrong on your wedding day. Most of the time it's a minor detail like you didn't get the exact shade of peony you wanted or the tables are arranged a little differently than you planned. Don't let these little things get to you! The couples that have the best memories of their big day have kept a great attitude throughout their wedding even when little things go wrong.
Barring any major catastrophe (and after witnessing hundreds of weddings, I haven't seen one yet) your wedding will go on and you'll be married to the love of your life. That's something to celebrate!