Weddings are a joyous occasion and a chance for you to celebrate your love with your nearest and dearest.

Wedding planning, on the other hand, is not quite as fun.

The stress of trying to achieve the perfect day for yourself and your guests can certainly take its toll, with many people often not enjoying their own special day out of pressure for everything to go perfectly.

So, here are five hacks to wedding planning to help the happy couple stay de-stressed in the lead-up to the big day.

Technology is Your Friend

Technology provides innovative solutions to many common wedding planning problems. Making the most of technology can drastically reduce headaches in the lead-up to the wedding.

Apps such as Zola Registry can be used to create an online registry, allowing you to scan the barcodes of items you see out and about and edit it anywhere. This gives you the flexibility of creating an extensive registry from various stores and is easily accessible by your family and friends.

Similarly, iWedPlanner is a one-stop-shop for all your wedding planning needs. You can use it to create a checklist of everything you need to do, as well as keeping a record of your budget, suppliers, seating plans and more in one place.

Making your own wedding website, along with a specific email will also help with your planning. This allows you to update guests with all the extra information they’ll need for the day, such as dress codes, timings, and food menus, as well as keeping track of all wedding-related correspondence from one account.


Make The Most of Your Venue

Utilising all of your chosen wedding venue’s services can also help with your planning.

Many venues offer specific wedding packages that can be tailored to your specific needs and often take care of many of the small details for you. These packages can often include a personal wedding coordinator, food, drinks, a master of ceremonies and entertainment.

They can also offer discounted rates on key aspects such as cake makers and accommodation, allowing you to save money when using partner suppliers, while cutting the cost of two different venues if you choose to get married and have your reception in one place.

Lake District Country Hotels offer a number of wedding packages here.


Ask For Help

This may seem like common sense to some, but many couples don’t ask for help in their wedding planning and often try to organise everything by themselves.

It’s important to remember that most of your friends and family will be happy to help out, especially if it’s something they’re particularly good at or enjoy.

Whether it’s asking your best friend who’s amazing at baking to make your wedding cake or your auntie who is particularly good at calligraphy, asking for help will make your planning that much easier. And many will be willing to help if it acts as their wedding present to the couple.

This can also help keep your costs down, so is a must for anyone on a budget.


The Small Things Make All the Difference

Small tasks are often the most difficult or time-consuming and are important to minimise wherever possible.

One detail that many couples overlook is the task of sending out RSVPs and organising the guest list. Ordering a personalised return address stamp can help to reduce time and effort so you don’t have to keep re-writing your details, and numbering the RSVP cards as you send them out can help with deciphering illegible responses.

Similarly, purchasing an envelope sealer or glue-stick will make sending out hundreds of invitations a bit more pleasant!


Don’t Let It Get You Down

Finally, the most important advice is not to get bogged down in planning. Easier said than done, right?

However, it’s important to keep in mind the reason you’re doing all of this: because you’re marrying the one you love, surrounded by your family and friends.

When you think of it that way, the exact colour of the tablecloth doesn’t seem so important, does it?