A few weeks ago Caroline headed to Olympia in London to speak at the National Wedding Show. We secured a slot on the Style Stage to talk about ‘How to keep calm, de-stress and have fun in the lead up to your wedding day’. We ended up giving lots of wedding planning tips and taking some questions from brides in the audience.
Here’s some of the tips we shared on the day:
Get contracts in writing - don’t make verbal contracts with suppliers, ask for something in writing. An email confirming exactly what the supplier is providing should suffice.
Ask for help - you have great friends that you have asked to be your maid of honour and best man, they will be delighted to take on some responsibility so assign a task to them and take the heat off yourselves. Alternatively, hire a professional wedding planner to take care of everything for you.
Don’t wait until the last minute - you have been planning for this day for a long time, don’t wait until the night before the wedding to start making 100 favours! Get everything done well in advance and make time to relax before your big day.
Don’t worry about the weather - there is one thing that you can never plan and that’s the weather, you can prepare for it though. Have a few umbrellas in case of rain and some sun cream handy in case you need it.
Visualise your perfect day - when you find yourself thinking about all the things you have to do, its easy to get overwhelmed, try and take a few moments to visualise your wedding day. Imagine walking down the aisle, imagine sitting at the table for your wedding breakfast, your first dance as a married couple. Visualisation can really help calm your nerves.
The most important thing to remember is that you are marrying the love of your life, and at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.
We’re both attending the show again on Saturday 13 April when it will be held at Excel, London - head over to the National Wedding Show website for more information. We’ll be speaking on the Style Stage again so let us know if you’re coming along - we’d love to meet you.