Destination Wedding Planning Doesn’t Have to be Stressful

You’re planning a destination wedding, chances are that is something you have never done before. Not knowing what you are doing and where to get ideas can be very stressful. You have expectations from family and friends, you need to be able to come up with a budget and stick to it.  It is very natural to become overwhelmed with all the little decisions that go along with the big ones.

Fortunately there are plenty of ways to reduce stress when planning a destination wedding in the Smoky Mountains. Here are a few ways to help you delete some of the stress and get back to enjoying planning your wedding.

Don’t Pay Full Price for a Wedding Dress

Go to Bridal Shows that showcase wedding fashions this way you can see the dresses on real people, not super skinny models. You can see bridesmaid dresses and other formals at these fashion shows as well. Once you know the dress you want, see if there are sales coming up if it isn’t already on sale, or rent it while in the Smokies. By renting the dress, you don’t have to pay fully for the dress and you still have the dress you want for your wedding, which will help your budget. If you choose to purchase the gown, think about having your undergarments sewn into the dress. Celebrity event planner David Tutera says that “You’ll feel much more comfortable and secure — this will avoid the need to tug and pull on your gown while you dance the night away!”

Get Help

Hire an experienced wedding planner with referrals from other vendors in the area you are looking to get married.   I know, the thought of paying for a wedding planner is a scary thought. A good wedding planner may actually save you money in the long run. They usually have vendors that they work with to give you discounts. You have the option of hiring a wedding planner for full service wedding planning packages or same day wedding packages that can fit your budget. They will listen to you and your vision to help ensure you have the celebration of your dreams. Talk with or Skype with a few different planners to make sure you have the right one for you. Some venues in the Smoky Mountains have wedding planners as part of their package to help ease your stress as well.

Share the Load

If you choose to plan your wedding on your own, remember you are not the only one getting married, your  fiancé is too. You need to talk with each other and figure out how to share in the planning. If it is still overwhelming, you also have your wedding party and family that would also love to help you plan the party of a lifetime.

Back-up Plan

If you are planning on getting married at an outdoor venue, our weather can be unpredictable. Make sure you have a back-up plan in regards to weather. Get a tent if needed, or choose a venue that has indoor options as well as the outdoor one. By being prepared with a back-up plan, you won’t be stressed if the weather acts up.

Focus on what’s most important.

The little things are not worth stressing over. Be flexible with the small things, sometimes changing things is easier than going with the original vision and it may turn out better than you thought. If you feel yourself being stressed, breathe and step away from whatever is irritating you. Go back to it later, or let someone else help with it. You found the love of your life, and you are getting married. That is the main focus you need to have when planning your wedding. When you are racing your wheelchairs at the nursing home in sixty years, the little stresses won’t be there, you will remember the first looks you had when you got married, the rest will be a blur.

Written by Ellen Crivellone of Smokey Mountain Sounds. To book your entertainment, call Smokey Mountain Sounds at 1-865-712-1854