22 Things You Can Do To Make Your Wedding Day Less Stressful


“Dab your pits right before you walk down the aisle. You. Will. Sweat.”


“Just because something is tradition doesn’t mean you have to do it. Don’t like cake? Don’t have one. Think the whole garter thing is weird? Don’t bother. Think flowers are overrated or overpriced? No one will care if you don’t have them. The only thing people remember about my reception is the open candy bar we had.” —t49e12a934

“Don’t use the word ‘wedding’ when looking online for specific items or even booking a venue for the reception, as people bump their prices up as soon as the word is mentioned. If you have a colour or theme in mind for decorations, use that instead. For example: search for red party favours instead of wedding party favours.” —pinkstarbuck

“The best advice my mom gave me: Your wedding is not a family reunion. We originally had about 560 invitees, many of which the opposite person had never met during the entirety of our relationship. We decided to knock out everyone who we hadn’t seen in the last two years and got to about 175 invitees. It’s a romantic idea to invite every friend, every family member, every current and past coworker, but your sanity and wallet will thank you once you figure this one out.” —candicei


“A good makeup artist is well worth the money! Your wedding day is most likely going to be the most photographed day of your life, and an expert will know how to make you look great in person and on film. Doing makeup for photographs is much different than doing everyday makeup, so unless you have experience with it, it’s best to leave it to the professionals so you don’t end up looking washed out in your wedding photos.” —Lexirose0520

“Start taking vitamin C a month or two before the big day! I was graduating college and planning a wedding at the same time, and I ended up with a sinus infection the day of. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, you gotta get down the isle!” —kirstenm4e09f2960

“Remember to eat! Whether your reception is a catered dinner or just finger foods, make sure you eat something substantial during the build up to wedding time because you will be way too busy to eat much while your guests are vying for your attention. Also, dab your pits right before you walk down the aisle. You. Will. Sweat.” —elisabethchapman2009


“My biggest advice is to focus a portion of your budget on the photographer, if you can. You’ll be surprised at the parts you forget or don’t see, and a good photographer will capture that. Also, for the places you want to cut corners, go to wedding resale shows. They’re everywhere, you can usually find them on Facebook.” —emilyc476410d7f

“Make sure to keep very accurate records of any gifts you receive so your thank you cards are as accurate as possible. Also, be prepared for relatives you barely know to get very upset if they don’t get their thank you cards. People don’t seem to believe stuff gets lost in the mail all the time.” —caimber

“Make yourself a wedding email. Use it when you go to bridal shows, or for anything wedding related. That way all the spam and sweepstakes and offers go to one place, and won’t bombard your regular email address with tons of crap. Best advice I’ve gotten so far!” —michellesk

“A wedding is just a day. Don’t go into debt for a party, you will regret it and it will put you and your partner under a lot of stress. This is from watching a good friend spend $34,000 she didn’t have and she regrets it.” —saraf46cbcaf4c


“Hungry people are not happy people. That’s true for the guests but very true for bride and groom and wedding party. When I was in my aunt’s wedding while we took a bunch of pictures, they had one or two waiters come out to us with food that they were serving to the guests during cocktail hour. I appreciated it so much! Also, consider late night appetizers! Have you ever left a wedding after hours of dancing and drinking and went to a drive through because you were starving? I was at a wedding where they had about a dozen pizzas delivered at the end of the night and everyone was so grateful!” —trudiva

“One of the hardest things for me to do turned out to be the best thing I ever did. Let other people help you. Do not overwhelm yourself. Have different people assigned to different things. My wedding was a big exercise of letting go, and it was awesome. I had the most stress-free day of my life. I was able to really enjoy it because I wasn’t worried about all the little details.” —jessicabp

“Think about what you remember from other weddings you’ve gone to, and what you actually remember from them. Don’t get caught up in napkins, tablecloths or even centerpieces, because in five years you probably won’t remember what you picked. If you’re working on a tight budget, decide early what is important, and that’s where you splurge. Is it the photos? The dance floor? That kind of thing.” —lauriewilsonm


“See if your venue will be interested in buying your decor! The winery I got married at loved all my stuff and bought everything off me that night. It saved a major clean up. Also, it made me happy knowing another bride could save some trouble and just rent my items from the venue.” —jessicap45cef0a34

“If I had to do it over again, I think I’d have snacks instead of a sit down meal, there’s more time and space for terrible dancing that way. Make sure your photographer is taller than you, otherwise your going to see your double chin. Let your wedding party pick their clothes, just pick colors or basic style.” —laurenelizabethmarieh

“You absolutely need to get some sleep the night before. Spend the whole day before doing something for you, whatever makes you happy. My husband and I did a ropes course and ate at our favorite restaurant. You’re about to have the busiest life experience and it is a whirlwind.” —b4a25bd117


“Do a buffet and don’t waste a lot of money on fancy food. Get food you like eating. My cousin got a small Italian restaurant to cater her wedding because she wanted pizza, chicken wings, and caesar salad. Everyone loved it because we love her, and no one really needs fancy food that tastes weird. Spend the money on the alcohol and the music.” —aprilrhodes323

“On the day of the wedding, give your phone to someone else to act as your secretary. People will call you on your wedding day with silly questions, and you won’t have the time or the patience to deal with that.” —eveb4447b30d2


“A great way to reduce stress is sending evites instead of paper invitations and receiving RSVPs on the wedding website. This method keeps it organized and efficient.” —sonyagolnazt

“Hire someone who isn’t family and only works for you. We found someone on Thumbtack and it was 10000% worth it. They set everything up, dealt with the vendors before and during the party. I was able to actually enjoy our wedding. Vendors were late, stuff happened, but I had no idea until after and that was the greatest thing.” —melissabullis

“Elope, or alternatively, don’t make other people’s demands change your day. The wedding should be what you and your partner want it to be, not what your parents always envisioned or the latest trends on Pinterest.” —carlys466cc18b4


“HOE DONT DO IT.” —minnie394

Some responses have been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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