Special to OneWed by Gabi Gesch from BravoBride.com
Although OneWed.com is poised to change all this, wedding planning can be extremely stressful for the bride and groom. Thankfully, family and friends are usually there to lend a helping hand when needed. Here are five ways those closest to you can make your big day a little less stressful and a lot more memorable.
: Whether you are purchasing them or going DIY, your friends are the perfect staff to help you stamp, stuff and address your wedding invitations
for the big day. Although tedious work, you can make it fun by popping in a movie and adding some snacks (and beverages) to the mix. Also, it’s usually not that bad when you are in a room full of your closest friends. Caution- be sure to stray away from snacks such as Doritos and to pay close attention to the consumption of certain beverages as this may lead to interesting invites.
: Just as having a group of friends is useful when stuffing invites, having a group of friends is great if you're creating your own unique wedding centerpieces
. Again, you can make it fun by adding some entertainment. You can even make it into a girls-night-in once a week. This way you can be productive and bond with your besties at the same time... they do say women are better multi-tasker’s then men for a reason right?
3. Officiating the ceremony
: Although having your child-hood Priest, Rabi or what have you officiate your ceremony is traditional, it seems that many people are having those closest to them officiate
the wedding. If you know of someone close to you who is ordained or would be up for getting ordained, perhaps this is a route that would be most special to you. But then again, if you are friends with your Priest, Rabi or your local judge, who better than them to preside over your wedding.
4. Day of coordination
: Want to make sure the ceremony, wedding reception
and everything in-between goes smoothly on your wedding day? Ask someone close to you if they would like to coordinate the day. If you don't have a wedding planner
or are trying to save money, this is the next best thing. Approaching the big day, get together with this person to make sure they know exactly what their responsibilities will be, what you want to happen and anything else your heart desires. I would suggest not asking this of your closest friends, as they probably want to enjoy this day along side you. Rather, if you know of an acquaintance that has event planning experience or similar skills, ask if they would like to assist. You can still compensate them, but most likely at a lower cost than if you were to hire a professional wedding planner.
5. Getaway transportation
: Know of a family member or friend who has a unique ride? Rather than using your own car or spending the extra cash on a limo
, ask your friend or family member if they would drive you from the ceremony to the reception. This way you can arrive in style and still have cash to burn on your honeymoon.