Wedding planning is meant to be a bit of a ballache but it’s also, usually, quite fun. There is, after all, one massive party to look forward to.
But this isn’t fun anymore. Forget Plan B, we’ve gone way beyond the 26 plans the alphabet allows, and now, planning seems like a fool’s game. There’s only so many Excel spreadsheets and guest-dumping a girl can do. So what now?
How do you keep the excitement of being engaged and planning a wedding alive – while not getting sucked into booking venues again and having to cancel at the last minute?
Well, quite simply, as well as knowing the best wedding insurance policies out there, you also need a few things to look forward to.
This isn’t just an indulgent idea, it’s a strategy to ensure you both enjoy the process of getting married.
So, here are some ideas for surviving wedding planning in 2021. Let’s break up the wedmin bollocks and get some fun booked in the diary…
GET MARRIED (AS SOON AS YOU CAN)
Clearly, not the big wedding – but how about a ‘starter wedding’?
In England, from the 12th of April, fifteen people should be allowed to gather for a wedding outdoors. So grab the chance while you have it, before any new blasted variant has the chance of buggering things up.
Keep it simple and sweet. No stress, keep it cheap – just ensure you bring shed loads of love, a gorgeous dress and take lots of beautiful photos.
You don’t even need to invite that many folk – maybe just you two, the officiant and your parents or besties as witnesses.
Then you can relax a bit and plan the big bash when it all feels less stressful. You’re already officially hitched!
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MAKE FRIENDS WITH SMALL PRINT
How awful. Having to read the small print of your Wedding Insurance Policy.
When we got hitched, insurance seemed like a ridiculous extravagance; a bit of a con basically. Now, sadly, it just seems sensible.
But where do you start? Well, reviews that aren’t sponsored by the Wedding Insurance Industry.
In the UK that means Which?. They give loads of free advice about what you need to consider before opting for any insurance but you do have to subscribe to see their reviews of the actual policies and find out the best one for you.
Worth noting they do have introductory offers, so you might just want to review fridges/laptops/anything else you’re considering buying while you’re there.
But back to the Wedding Insurance… interestingly Which? states that if you pay for anything more than £100 and up to £30,000 with a credit card, you can claim your money back from your credit card provider if there is a problem with goods or services that constitutes a breach of contract. Reassuring, but that also means you have to be on top of all your supplier and venue contracts, so to us at least, good insurance still seems like the sensible option.
Another trusted ally is Money Saving Expert. Sure, Martin Lewis is ever so slightly terrifying but he knows his stuff.
Something nice to take your minds off things…and god, don’t you need it?!
Start brewing your free bar and make your own booze for the wedding. It means you’re doing something productive, whilst having some fun (esp if you’re having to sample several batches!).
Or – a bigger project – challenge your partner, and yourself, to write a mini wedding speech and present it to each other over a bottle of fizz and the finest of takeaways! If nothing else, it will be a laugh.
Of course, your wedding speech is one of the few to-dos you can actually tick off without worrying the effort will go to waste, so worth putting the effort in now while you can.
Great for advice but even better just knowing there are other people in your bridal boat.
RESIST THE STRESS
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of it all; worrying that there’s double the amount of couples wanting to get married this year and every decent venue and supplier will be booked up.
But are you really the type of person who sets an alarm for 5am on holiday just so you can be the first to throw your towel over a sunlounger? No.
Accept that planning is really difficult this year and you’re going to have to, whether you like it or not, take a more bridechilla approach.
Your wedding might not be in the perfect venue, you may not be able to book that photographer you wanted but ultimately, the most important thing is you’re marrying your favourite person in the whole world.
It’s hard to remember in amongst all this wedding planning stress, but if this experience hasn’t already put you off getting hitched, well, you’ve obviously got something special there and you’re really bloody lucky.
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