Marrying the love of your life will undoubtedly be one of the best things that ever happens to you. It may also be one of the most stressful things that ever happens to you if you don’t make a concerted effort to decompress and delegate the week before your wedding. Here are 6 simple steps to get from stressed-out to blissed-out in time for your big day.
Get a Massage
With all there is to do, sometimes you forget about spending quality time together as a couple in the weeks before the wedding. Set aside some spa time for you and your fiancé to relax. Don’t have time to make it to the spa? Hire massage therapists on Thumbtack. You can either travel to them or request they come directly to you–whichever you prefer. Consider booking a couples treatment or have the masseuse come to your hotel suite and treat the bridal party.
Write Everything Down
As soon as you think of something you need to do, write it down. This way, you have a concrete list to revisit when you feel you’re forgetting something. Putting it on paper gives you peace of mind and helps you let things go and enjoy the moment. The same goes for any feelings of anxiety; jotting down your thoughts allows you to acknowledge them and move on.
Hire Someone to Help
Having a day-of wedding coordinator takes the stress off you to keep the timeline on track. You might not even need a coordinator for the entire day—maybe just to oversee the ceremony or manage the timing and flow of the reception. A coordinator will make sure everything runs smoothly and deal with any unexpected issues, allowing you to just enjoy your day. Don’t know who to hire? Thumbtack can help with that as well.
Delegate the Details
Programs, table numbers, sign-in books, menus, and everything else needs to be at the venue a day or two before your wedding. Get it all organized ahead of time (in boxes, with clear instructions) and ask a friend or family member to drop it off for you. One less thing for you to do in the home stretch.
Make Final Payments
Don’t wait until the day of your wedding to pay vendors their remaining balance. There’s nothing romantic about bringing your checkbook to your own wedding. In addition, set aside labeled envelopes with the tips you’d like to distribute to your vendors. This is another task you can assign to someone you trust, so you’re not worried about it at the end of the night.
Designate a Wedding Day Decision Maker
Empower a close friend or family member to make decisions on your behalf if an issue arises on the big day. Whether it’s a problem with the DJ, a question from the caterer, or an intoxicated uncle, you’re the last person who should hear about any snafus. Let the people around you help you out!