This is my LAST Matrimony Monday post. I loved writing this series and I hope brides and future brides found Matrimony Monday fun and helpful. For my finale, I want to give some quick tips for how to stay moderately stress-free leading up to and on your wedding day. Now, it is nearly impossible to stay completely stress free, but there is no reason to turn into bridezilla.
♥Don’t DIY if you aren’t an artsy person: I blame the DIY movement on Pinterest and wedding blogs. There will be these immaculate wedding photos with a caption like “with a roll of burlap, some mason jars, and a needle you can create the wedding of your dreams!” Now, if you are an artistic person, please disregard this tip. If you aren’t, save yourself the heartache and hire someone to do the creative legwork for you. In the long run, it is cheaper then trying to re-do your failed art projects over and over. No one wants to walk in on you crying, devastated, and surrounded by sad wads of tissue paper that are supposed to be Martha Stewart’s tissue paper pom-poms.
♥ Hire a day-of planner: Do it. I realized at my rehearsal dinner that people ask questions incessantly on your wedding weekend. If you don’t have a wedding planner, you have to come up with the answers yourself. If you do have a wedding planner, then you can play dumb. And let me tell you, the ability to play dumb on your wedding weekend is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
♥ If you can’t pay for it; don’t do it: Do not put yourself in a position where you go into debt for your wedding. Pay for everything in cash and in full before your wedding day. The last thing you want is a boatload of bills waiting for you after your honeymoon.
♥ Set goals and ask for help: Don’t forget to set planning goals. They don’t have to be anything elaborate, just simple things like “hire a florist at the end of the month.” Be sure to stick to them. If you have any trouble, ask people for help. Buy a bottle of wine, invite your girlfriends and bridal party over and go to town making favors or planning your menu.
♥ Have fun: Remember how I said weddings are fun? Well they are. Don’t forget that at the end of the day, you are planning a celebration of your love! Keep your eye on the prize and when there’s a typo on your invite or your bustle breaks you won’t feel like your life is over.