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Tips for a stress-free

Wedding Decide together what kind of wedding you want. It’s important to discuss what your expectations of your big day are BEFORE anyone else gets involved. Make the main choices – type of ceremony, kind of venue, size of celebration. It’s not fixed, but gives you a starting point. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Of course it’s wonderful to have everything exactly as you want it, down to the buttons on the bridesmaids’ dresses and the petals on the flowers, however, in the greater scheme of things they don’t matter too much. Know that perfection is impossible. OK, get as close as you can, but everything going without a hitch is simply not going to happen, so don’t get too upset if some small detail goes off track. Remember whose wedding it is. Keep in mind that it’s your big day and that you can’t please everyone else. If your family or friends think you

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should be doing things differently, listen politely and remind yourself whose big day it is. Ask for help. If you feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Your mother, future mother-in-law, best friends and even the groom will be flattered to be asked. You don’t have to do it on your own. Don’t moan… or at least limit it. It might be tempting to have a rant about what someone on his side has said or done, but just pause to think about the effect of what you’re about to say. By all means let off steam, just be careful who’s listening. Family rifts can be caused by the silliest things and can take years to heal. Keep in contact with your fiancé. It might seem a bit silly when, theoretically, this is the closest you’ve ever been. However as plans pick up speed and there’s so much to do, the most important relationship of them all

could get overlooked. Take the time to be together and not just talk about weddings. Look after yourself. While there’s much to look forward to it’s also a stressful time. That’s why it’s doubly important that you take care of yourself. Eat well, exercise and take time to relax – you’ll reap the benefit. Understand it’s OK to be nervous. Weddings are huge (even small ones). It’s understandable that you’ll feel a bit jittery. It would be unusual if you didn’t feel that way. It’ll help to keep talking to your fiancé and your close friends about how you feel. Enjoy the special times. Make a point of catching up with the people you haven’t seen for a while. Use the wedding as an excuse for socialising with friends and family. The people you love are far more important than another dress fitting – and the good times are what you’ll remember. @clydelifemag

Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  
Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  

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