Stop Second Guessing your Decisions.
Throughout the wedding planning process, we are our own worst enemies. With so many choices on the market, it becomes difficult to make a decision and worse: stick to a decision once it is made. One of the best things that I did while planning my own wedding was to remove any temptation to second guess as I was making decisions and booking vendors. Found and booked an amazing venue? Great, now don't look at any other venues online. Purchased a beautiful wedding dress? Fantastic, now go ahead and delete your Pinterest board devoted to wedding dresses. There will always be bigger and better out there, you just need to know within yourself that the choice you make is the best choice for you.
Run, Don't Walk, Far Away from Big Convention Centre Wedding Shows
...that is, unless you know a specific vendor is holding a wedding show special (and even then, e-mail in advance to see if they would honour the show price). I found that the big, convention centre bridal shows to be completely overwhelming, jammed with people and chaotic. It was nearly impossible to develop a relationship with any potential vendors when you have five other brides-to-be, plus entourage, trying to elbow their way into your space. The few times I went to one of these big-box shows I was left irritated, nauseous from too many wedding cake samples, and with my e-mail address being circulated to every different wedding related newsletter in the city. I would recommend a more intimate show to vendor source. Call your list of potential venues and see if they host any open houses, or check around to see if there are any smaller shows in your area (usually held at night, and a little pricier, but worth it.) Whatever the alternative you chose to take, just say no to the big wedding shows - your sanity thanks you.
Take a Pinterest Hiatus One Month Prior to your Wedding Day.
Pinterest is a wonderful resource for wedding planning, as a way to develop a vision and find helpful tutorials to execute it - fast forward to a month away from your wedding date and Pinterest becomes the anxiety ridden bride-to-be's worst nightmare. A month prior to your wedding, most if not all of your major decisions will have been made and planned and just need to be executed - it is not the time to be starting any new DIY or revamping your vision because you saw the most perfect pin and just have to do it. Taking on new projects and changeing visions one month prior to your wedding day is putting way too much pressure on yourself, so resist the temptation to do so by taking a Pinterest vacay. There will be enough to do as it is, without adding to the list - trust me.
Take Engagement Photos
I am so glad that we chose to take engagement photos prior to our wedding day. Not only do we have beautiful, professional photos of ourselves but it also really helped our communication with our photographer on the day of our wedding - saving time and resulting in beautiful, natural wedding photos. I found that, because we had already done photos with our photographer, we were much more comfortable behind the camera - and just got what poses she was after, without her having to go into detail with explanations. Engagement photos are also a great tool in your wedding planning if you take them them early enough - I ended up using our images on our wedding website, save the dates and wedding invitations.
**Tip - ask your photographer to take a headshot during the engagement shoot- I still use mine for my professional portfolio and Linkedin profile.
Take a Deep Breath, Relax and Remember to Smile.
Regardless of the stage you're at during the wedding process, things may not go according to plan. The fact that I came to realize was that these little hurdles would happen regardless of how stressed or relaxed I was towards the situation - so why not choose to be relaxed. The wedding process can be trying, but it only comes around once. Learn to pick your battles, don't sweat the small stuff, treat yourself along the way and above all- smile. Before you know it, it will all be over so enjoy the ride and in a difficult situation just think about what a great story it will make someday.