It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not its not Christmas, its of course Asian wedding season and today I’m talking about how to have a stress free wedding week.
I know lots of my readers are either followers of my blog or my Asian wedding planning, coordination and styling work (you can view more of that here) and I also know that we are now fast approaching wedding season.
As some of you already know I was only a bride myself last year so I am very au fait with the feelings a bride goes through. If you want to find out more about my wedding you can view the blog post here.
Looking back to last year I’m not going to lie the week of my wedding was quite stressful and very emotional. For us Asian brides its a time of reflection, and I know although we are very excited to start our new chapter with our beloved husband it also means that we are perhaps leaving our parents and siblings behind and things will be – well different.
The last thing you want during the week of the wedding is to be stressed. You will have a lot of things on your mind and I’m sure there will be things that only you can do during the final week of the wedding. Then you also have your pre wedding events to think about not to mention the family that has come over from abroad to attend the wedding. I remember that my house was quite literally a mad house because we had so many guests staying over from all parts of the world such as India, Canada, Hong Kong – the list really goes on. I really loved them making the effort to attend our celebrations but at the same time during the week of your wedding you do actually need your own space.
So to have a stress free wedding week I highly recommend the below.
1. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate! By now you have probably realised you can’t do everything yourself and definitely not on your wedding day so ensure that you either seek help and support from either your bridesmaids, family members or friends. Try and delegate small tasks to everyone. It could be simple things such as you delegating who’s meeting and greeting your guests at the airport or who’s answering supplier calls during the week of your wedding, or who’s doing the alcohol drop off at the venue.
2. Book accommodation for international guests. This is a complete must! The last thing you need is all guests staying at your place of residence so its important that all guests book separate accommodation. This can still be near to your home but it will eliminate the chaos in your house in the week running up to your wedding.
3. Have some down time. This is incredibly important. The run up to your wedding is a extremely hectic and busy time and in the final week of your wedding some much needed me time is a must. Ensure that you book in for hour long massages or a spa day if possible, this will help you get away from the wedding chaos and also relax and unwind yourself ahead of the big day.
4. Hire a coordinator. Hiring a Asian wedding coordinator can be one of your most important investments for the big day. For example in my Asian wedding coordination package I create a itinerary well ahead of your wedding day, personally call all suppliers and ensure they receive my itinerary and of course manage the logistics of your big day. We even do a full walk-through of your entire wedding day at the venue a month before. A wedding planner or coordinator can be a invaluable asset for your big day and its a necessity for the Asian bride who wants a wedding day that runs smoothly beginning to end. To find out more information about my wedding coordination package you can drop me a email on firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Be comfortable in your wedding outfit. This is a must and should be at the top of the list. You need to ensure your wedding outfits fit correctly and practice walking around in it and sitting down. This will also give you piece of mind for the big day. I did this countless times and because I was having a Sikh wedding ceremony, I practised getting up and sitting down in it. This was a huge weight off my shoulders because I knew that not only could I walk in it but I also felt comfortable.
6. Drop off any necessary wedding items at the beginning of your wedding week if possible, or drop it off to your Asian wedding coordinator when you have your final venue walk through. This includes alcohol, wedding gifts, the guest book etc. That way if you do forget anything least you have time to go back and rectify.
7. If you haven’t hired a wedding planner (as they will do everything for you) make sure you have nothing left to do in the final week. The worst thing you could do is leave table plans, table numbers etc till the last week of the wedding!
8. Make the final wedding payments before they are due. Ensure that you aren’t making final payments in the week of your wedding as this will be one less thing to worry about and it ensures you have a stress free wedding week.
9. Get a good nights sleep. This is vital to feeling fresh and calm on your big day. Ensure you haven’t got anything big planned the night before and even if you do have a pre wedding event the night before just make sure in finishes in good time so you can home and rest some much deserved rest.
And the best advice I could give is enjoy your big day as it will come and go so quickly. Truly savour the big day and please don’t stress!
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