BY MICHELLE O'CONNOR,
Balboa Park Weddings
You might have been dreaming about your wedding ever since you were a flower girl. Therefore, you want your ceremony to represent a picture-perfect moment. Chances are, you also want your wedding to be as stress-free as possible. Here are some tips to ensuring that holy matrimony doesn't evolve into a holy mess:
Believe in Advanced Planning
Proper planning is absolutely crucial to keeping your wedding--and your budget--under control. Be sure to book your reception hall and photographers early. Otherwise, you may be left with substandard options, which could increase your stress on the Big Day. Taking advantage of a wedding organizer can keep stress levels minimal.
Rehearse Your Wedding Vows
Have you ever seen the video of Princess Diana marrying Prince Charles? Things got off to a rather shaky start when Diana forgot Charles' full name. No matter how simple your vows may be, it's best if you practice them regularly before the wedding ceremony. That way, there's less of a chance that you will forget your lines at that all-important moment.
Entrust Your Wedding Bands to Someone You Trust
There is a danger your wedding rings will become lost on the day of your wedding. Therefore, it is important that you have an organized, responsible person safeguard the rings for the wedding. (This may or may not be the best man.)
Assign Someone to be Your Wedding Coordinator
Even if you can't afford a wedding planner, it's a good idea to assign someone to be your official wedding coordinator for the day. This individual will make sure that the flowers are on the table for the reception and that the pastor arrives for the wedding ceremony. These are the types of details you don't want to have to bother with on your wedding day, so it's important to have someone you have faith in to handle these challenges for you.
Don't Rest Until You Find the Right Dress
There is nothing more uncomfortable for a bride than an ill-fitting wedding dress. As a result, it's important that you choose a gown tailor-made for your figure. It may take some time to find the right dress--but you'll find that it's well worth the effort--and it can really decrease your stress level in the long run.