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Under pressure?

Is wedding planning starting to stress you out a little? Maybe it’s the seemingly never-ending wedmin or demands from difficult family members that are starting to rain on your parade. If you feel like you’re in danger of cracking up, then now’s the time to step back, take a deep breath and recompose (we recommend a cheeky cocktail date with your besties to help you do just that!). And before you get stuck into the planning again, take a moment to read these words of wisdom from WFIL brides…

1. Do it your way

“Do what feels right for you. Everyone says it but it’s true. Friends and relatives questioned some of our decisions along the way (especially the ones which weren’t “traditional”) but have realised why we stood by them and made our day exactly what we wanted it to be – full of love, laughter, great friends, great food and plenty of fun!”

Joanne and Ewan tied the knot in a winter wedding at Comrie Croft in Perthshire. Photography by Suzanne Li.

2. Think before you DIY 

“Invitations might look expensive but if you don’t have the time, consider going pro. 
We made all the stationery ourselves using old images online. It took a very long time. Very long. I have regrets.”

“Book hair and make-up with more than three months to go and ask to see portfolios! I was so preoccupied with getting everything else sorted that I put it out of my mind and then stressed about it. I initially used a make-up agency and they sent someone to my house [for a trial] – but I didn’t see any of her portfolio and was really disappointed at the quality of her work. It was an expensive mistake.

Natalie & Angus held their tribal, thunderous wedding at Tullibole Castle. Photography by Jen Owens.

3. Don’t over complicate it 

“Choose vendors that you naturally get on with – I had great confidence that all those involved in bringing together our wedding day would do so masterfully.

“Don’t panic about timescales or deadlines. With longer and longer engagements now I feel people can over complicate wedding planning and over think decisions. Much to their horror, our bridesmaids only got their dresses a couple weeks before the wedding!”

Hannah & Oli held their ethereal winter wedding at Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire. Photography by Harper Scott.

4. Switch off

“Get a good night’s sleep before the wedding! I hadn’t slept for four nights before ours!

“Write a plan with the running order, supplier contacts and HAND IT OVER to someone you trust. Our master of ceremony was fantastic and really took control and left us to just enjoy our wonderful day.”

Nikki and Johnnie’s seriously pretty summer town hall wedding took place in Dunblane. Photography by Wonderful and Strange.

5. Relax and enjoy it!

“Remember to breathe and enjoy it all. Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming so if things get stresssful just take a step back; the day itself really is over in the blink of an eye and I promise you will want to do it all over and over and over again, regardless of what went before!”

Nicola and Will’s stylish city wedding was held at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow. Photography by The Gibsons.

And just remember, you can always elope…

“It’s cliché but remember that it is your day! We toiled for a long time before finally deciding on our elopement and backing our decision 100%. Remember to do what is best for yourselves as a couple and don’t let other peoples’ opinions influence you.”

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Jasmine & Adam eloped to the Isle of Skye, and with scenery like this, we don’t blame them. Photo by Lynne Kennedy Photography.
Lots of very sound advice here. Anyone got any other tips for stress-free wedding planning? Christina x