Let’s be realistic for a moment. You are planning your wedding and trying to accommodate a myriad of people of all different ages from all different backgrounds who will be traveling from all over the place to attend. You will have to feed them, provide various kinds of beverages and suggest accommodations. What could possibly go wrong?! Okay, there are obviously a variety of common wedding worries for the bride-to-be. How much time and energy you want to put into this is your call. Just remember that some careful planning and excellent communication can save you from some of the issues causing you to lose sleep at night.
Many couples start fretting right from the get-go when they fall in love with a specific place but are worried about traveling guests. The fact is, if they want to be a part of your special day, they will make it happen. Don’t feel guilty for planning the day of your dreams. Give guests plenty of notice so they can budget ahead of time and show up.
Even venues that offer shade tents and pagodas are not immune from rain and mud. You can’t control the weather. Have some contingency plans in place such as umbrellas, shawls, fleece blankets, propane heaters, a fire pit, etc., to help out if things turn chilly or damp. Check with your venue to see what they have on hand for exterior shade and shelter options just in case.
Food and menu stress
Planning your meals and bartending necessities at the start will take a load off of your stress list. Arrange to have tastings early on so that you have adequate time to arrange a different caterer or bartender if your initial plans fall through. Consider if you are having lots of “staining” foods on the menu and have the emcee announce that no one is allowed to offer congratulations with red wine or other food or beverages in hand.
Not everyone can afford to hire event decorators to do all the dirty work. Find out ahead of time if the caterers are expecting you to load the dishes, plates and cutlery a certain way. Delegate a clean-up crew to stack chairs and tables at the end of the night. Have all of your decoration boxes, bins and packaging strategically placed for simple take down. Forgetting to read the fine print with your venue, caterers and event planning team may lead to extra fees in terms of penalty payments for not returning clean or properly packaged rental items.
Determine your anxiety
The best way to prepare for and conquer your wedding woes is to have some quiet time to think about what they are. Run a hot bubble bath and lock yourself away with a pen and paper or use a voice memo option on your cell phone. Determine which issues are causing you the most grief and write them down in priority order. You will leave the tub feeling like you have established a plan for creating the serenity and harmony you deserve.
Many of these headaches can be sorted from the outset if you choose the right venue to host your wedding and reception. Swan Manor is an excellent option that has helped hundreds of couples celebrate their unions with unforgettable affairs. We would love to work with you to create the fairytale wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.
Between our stately manor house, carriage house ballroom and manicured grounds, the wedding and reception of your dreams is possible on our grounds. Contact us today to schedule a meeting and tour. Call 704-776-2530 or use the contact form here on the site. We look forward to hearing from you.