How not to become Bridezilla: top tips

Getting married is one of the most stressful things you will do in life. Fact. So, as the difficult decisions, hurdles, doubts and struggles come at you at light speed, I’ve picked some of the top causes of stress for brides-to-be, and found ways to tackle them head-on. Here’s how not to become Bridezilla, and how to enjoy the count down to your perfect wedding day




The guestlist. Big stress factor. I want him, I don’t want her. Her? I really don’t want her. No, absolutely not.
What to do? Remember this isn’t just your day. It’s your big day… as a couple. That’s what it’s all about after all.

Invitations. Who knew they would be the cause of so much stress?
What to do? Your research – and leave plenty of time for printing. Most take 6-8 weeks to be delivered.

The honeymoon. Where, how, what, how much?
What to do? Go to yoga, focus on your breathing. It will all be easier to face after that.

Differences of opinion. Between you and your future husband, you and your future mother-in-law, you and your friend, you and your colleague, you and the whole world.
What to do? Everyone will have an opinion. First, don’t listen to them all. Then the ones you have to listen to, well, you decide. And choose your battles!

Bridesmaids’ dresses – colour, style, not wanting to annoy your lovely friends by putting their naturally different body shapes into the same style of dress.
What to do? Mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Set a theme – which may be the colour palette, a style, or material, and let them take their pick. Win-win.

Choosing the wedding menu. I find it hard enough to entertain six people at home, never mind 100+ on my WEDDING DAY.
What to do? Come up with a couple of options between you. Mull it over. Try them and then pick one. And do not think about everyone else or it will become extremely painful.

Logistics. Always a challenge, especially when planning a destination wedding.
What to do? Create a wedding website with all the information in there that your guests might need. Nearest airport, how to get there, hotels, and times, dates and locations of key events.

The seating plan. You have that couple that you just don’t know where to put.
What to do? No idea, I haven’t got there yet.

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