The wedding season is now in full swing, and as always there is a fair bit of wedding stress doing the rounds..
If you are a Bride or Groom who is going through this, or experienced this in the lead up to your big day - I've been there my friend, and it's horrible!
I can't tell you that you won't experience a little stress from the start of the planning process, to the end of your wedding day. It's a huge thing this getting married lark and it means a lot to you both after all. Nor can I promise you that there won't be a few hiccups along the way.
But this is what I do know from going through it myself, and watching others go through it - Once you start being really honest about what you both want and what you both don't want, wedding planning ultimately becomes much less stressful (if at all).
In the very early stages of planning our wedding, Pete and I mainly followed the blue print of a traditional wedding day. Two days into planning, we realised we were already over budget, we hadn't even organised half the things we needed, and we actually hated the wedding that we were planning! We took a deep breath, started from scratch, and decided what we really wanted for our wedding.
Some of the decisions will not be easy to make, even if you know they ultimately are right for you. For example, we decided to only have our immediate families at the actual wedding day itself, and we had a huge party for our family and friends when we got back from honeymoon.
Sometimes I find myself wishing we invited a few more people to the wedding day, but when I actually think about it our wedding was absolutely perfect for us. We didn't go over budget, the day itself was honestly the most chilled wedding I have ever been to, and so ultimately I wouldn't have had more guests, in fact I wouldn't change a single thing.
Stick to your guns, remember why you are doing it all in the first place, and try as much as possible to not let wedding planning get you down.
Love & Stuff
tHE ramblings OF HOLLY CADe:
Wedding and Portrait Photographer - based on the Isle of Wight.