I know, you are doubting that a stress-free wedding is even possible. Stress-free might be over promising - let's just say "low stress" or "lower than your cousin's crazy wedding stress".
We've got our top 5 tips to help you enjoy a low stress North Georgia wedding!
1. Decide what is most important
When you start planning your wedding, there are so many details to consider. Which venue will you choose? What type of menu do you want? What colors will you choose? Which wedding dress is right for you?
And the list keeps growing. If you try to prioritize everything, you will become quickly worn out.
Choose your top 2 – 3 items that are most important. Maybe it’s the cake or the flowers. It might be having a larger wedding with all the guests.
By choosing 2 – 3 most important items, it will help drive your decisions and help you say “no” to some other items.
2. Trust your vendors
You’ve done your research and taken recommendations to find your vendors. After you have hired your vendors, trust your judgement and theirs.
If you chose your florist because you love their style, you clicked during your consultation and their proposal works with your budget – then don’t second guess yourself.
As you get closer to wedding day, the stress can start to kick in and you might start questioning your decisions. Trust that you made the right decision and let your North Georgia wedding venue and vendors do their thing.
3. Ask family and friends to help
You don’t have to do it all on your own. Stop and think of 2 – 3 family members or friends that you know would be willing to help. You can probably come up with some names pretty quickly.
Ask them to help! (They may have already told you they would love to help – you just have to ask). I get it, asking for help can sometimes be hard. They really will love to contribute. Think of a specific task for them and ask them to take care of it.
It can be simple things like bringing décor to the North Georgia venue or taking it home after the wedding, bringing water or snacks for the bridal suite or getting cards and gifts to you after your honeymoon. These small things can take a lot of stress off your plate.
4. Take a Break
The hardest thing to do during wedding planning can be to take a break. Every time you are with your fiancé you can probably think of at least 10 things to discuss, ask or update them about the wedding planning.
Make sure you take some time to step away from the planning and just enjoy being engaged! Go on a date and don’t talk about the wedding (maybe at least until dessert).
5. Don't worry about the little things
Spoiler alert, something is going to not go to plan. It’s usually something small, and you might not even know.
Try not to stress about every detail being perfect.
Napkins came in the wrong color? Your guest won’t know what shade of pink they were supposed to be.
Caterers brought an incorrect appetizer? The guests will never know and still enjoy the food.
Do your best to stay in the moment, focus on marrying your best friend and enjoy the day!
If you are looking for a great solution to help you plan and enjoy your wedding, take a look at our all-inclusive packages that guide your through creating and enjoying a beautiful wedding.
You're engaged - congratulations! Are you hoping for a short(er) engagement? Are family and friends telling you it "can't be done" in 8, 6, 3 months?
Good news is - it can be done! And not just with a court house elopement.
You can have a beautiful wedding with the people you care most about AND it can be done without too much stress. (Spoiler - there is always a little stress when planning a wedding. Sorry!)
How do I know it can be done?
Because I've done it - many times!
Cale and I planned our wedding in just 3 months - from scratch - with a lot of DIY.
At Pleasant Union Farm, we've planned MANY weddings in short time frames. It's one of the biggest perks of our All-Inclusive Packages!
Camille Wilson Photography
The first step is finding the right venue with a date you love. A shorter engagement might limit your choices some, but if you are looking for a gorgeous outdoor space with views of the North Georgia countryside and a great indoor reception space - we might just have the perfect venue for you!
Venues come in all shapes and sizes (and we don't just mean guest count). Some venues max out every weekend with weddings. Those venues often fill up quickly.
Other venues host fewer weddings each year and they might have more openings.
We intentionally host a smaller number of weddings each year which allows us to serve our couples to the best of our ability and remain flexible.
It also means we often have availability for shorter engagements - which we love!
Kristen LeighAnn Photography
I highly recommend looking for venues that offer All-Inclusive Packages if you are planning a shorter engagement. These packages help you pull everything together with less stress!
Our wedding packages provide you with details and pricing up front so you know how to budget.
We work with amazing North Georgia wedding vendors that help pull all the details together!
We will help connect you with the vendors, answer questions you have along the way and our amazing coordinators put all the details into a wedding day timeline which they make sure flows smoothly for you.
From flowers to catering, cake and DJ, we have an amazing team. Plus we have some great suggestions for photographers, officiants and other vendors you might be looking for.
Kristen LeighAnn Photography
So, after you have the venue set and a wedding package chosen - what's next?
First, guest list. Get that nailed down and get invitation sent out. You want to get those out 4 - 5 months before the wedding (or 3, if you are working on a timeline like we did!) Make sure you ask guests to RSVP 6 weeks before your wedding so you know how many to plan for. (And to give time to follow up with the people who don't RSVP, because there will always be a few).
Next, schedule a consultation with the florist to share inspiration photos and details for the flowers. They can help guide you to what flowers are available in the season of your wedding and help you develop a plan to meet your budget.
Camille Wilson Photography
Then schedule a tasting with the caterer and cake designer.
Most of the time, these vendors will have a menu for you to choose from so it's a little easier to plan after you get the date set. They will need a final guest count 3 - 4 weeks before the wedding to order supplies and plan for staff.
As you are working through these items, take moments out to think through a song list for the DJ. They usually don't need this until a couple weeks before the wedding but it usually takes more than just one "meeting" with you and your fiance to come up with all the songs. So, spread it out over a few weeks!
Hillary Leah Photography
When you are a month away from the big day, schedule a final meeting with the coordinator to go over all the details. Often they will give you some "homework" before the meeting to get vendor contact info, bridal party order and other details.
They can confirm the table layout, timeline details and answer questions at that meeting. Chances are good that you will still walk away with a few things left to do, but you will have a clear plan in place.
The best piece of advice I can give is trust the experts. The vendors you choose to work with should know what their part in your wedding clearly looks like. They will know what they need to provide and what information they need from you.
Ask them if you are missing anything and if they have everything they need. And then trust them to take care of you!
We get to work with an amazing team of vendors at our North Georgia venue and they truly make all the difference!
Good luck with the wedding planning - you've got this!
Pleasant Union Farm is a family owned wedding venue in North Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta.