"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."~ Mignon McLaughlin
Wedding and marriage may often be intertwined.Of course it's important to marry someone who you will spend every waking day with, someone you love entirely and relentlessly. But let's face it, we put a great deal of effort into staging the perfect venue and setting for the wedding of a lifetime.
I know I'm miles away from walking down the aisle, but in all of the movies I've seen, the actual weddings I've been to, there's one thing that will always be there: the stress of putting a magnificent wedding together. They say a wedding comes only once in our lives (ideally!) and we have to admit it, we can't help but mull over every tiny detail to make our wedding a moment we will always look back on, a magical sliver of our last days as single individuals, and the joining of two souls to make even all the lovebirds in the world jealous.
Every bride has to be the center of attention on her big day. The groom too, has to look just as dashing, and there must not be a fray thread out of place. Everything has to be downright perfect. No need to fret though, despite all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into planning and putting together a wedding worthy enough to featured in the glossiest magazines, there are a few tips you can use to help ease the burden.
De-stress your wedding
Wedding fever is everywhere at the moment. Angelina Jolie has chosen her dress designer, Justin Timberlake serenaded Jessica Biel as she walked down the aisle and even Ronnie Wood is getting married again. It’s always nice to see the photos and hear the stories, and you might find you can store some special detail away in your mind for your big day.
Sometimes wedding planning can all seem a little too much for one person, or even a couple, so we’ve found solutions to some of those niggling problems that trouble brides-to-be.
Test out your wedding playlist
Sometimes it can be hard to narrow down your favourite songs to choose the one you’ll be walking down the aisle to, or the perfect track for your first dance. That’s where Spotify comes in: you can search for specific tracks or browse by genre. They even have hymns on there if you want to go traditional. Just make sure to disable the Social function if you don’t want to spoil the surprise!
Let your friends choose their own bridesmaid dresses
This issue almost always creates tension between brides and their bridal party. If it’s hard for you to spend money on a dress you’ll only wear once, think how it must feel to do that for someone else’s big day. So how about this: you pick a colour or maybe a style, but leave the rest up to the girls – they’ll thank you for it. There’s a selection of fabulous bridesmaid dresses at Very.co.uk to suit any body type.
Vet the speeches
Yes, it’s all part of the fun of a wedding to have the best man joke about past conquests of your hubby-to-be, but this speech will be heard by grandparents, nieces and nephews – possibly even your boss. It will also be recorded, so you’ll get to listen again and again. If you get your hubby or even other groomsmen to edit the speech, the final draft should be better balanced.
Remember that your wedding is all about two people and two people only. If you are happy, then everyone else will eventually get on board – it’s one day out of their lives and the biggest day of yours.