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6 Ways to De-stress Your Wedding Planning

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wedding planningWedding planning is stressful. There, we’ve said it. You could elope to Vegas like our cousin did…even then, her wedding planning turned stressful when her mother had a fit about the secret wedding ceremony. Once her mom calmed down, she insisted upon a proper wedding reception to celebrate, which led to…stressful wedding planning. It seems no matter what you do, you can’t get away from the stress that comes with trying to turn your vision into a beautiful reality.

However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of stress associated with your big day. While you can’t force your bridesmaids to stop squabbling or your DIY wedding favors to turn out exactly like the Pinterest pics, you can take a few steps to simplify your wedding planning, and take some stress out of preparing for your big day:

  1. Hold your ceremony and reception at the same venue. Choose a wedding venue that can do both, so you can minimize costs and eliminate the need for arranging for transportation for your wedding party.
  2. Choose a wedding venue with an on-site wedding planner. If you’ve got a busy professional schedule, or just feel that you need as much assistance as possible from an experienced expert, search for a wedding venue with an on-site event or wedding planner. The added bonus of this arrangement is that the wedding planner is from the venue, meaning they know everything there is to know about the venue—as well as knowledge of local vendors and recommendations from what they’ve seen at previous weddings.
  3. Get as much done ahead of schedule. Try to do as much of the wedding planning as early as possible. Another idea: make sure you put payments for vendors, such as officiants and accompanists, in envelopes with their names on it so you’re prepared.
  4. View your wedding as a team event. Ask trusted friends or family members to help with preparations and final details on the day of the wedding. If you choose a wedding venue with a wedding planner on-site, you also have a dedicated assistant on your wedding day.
  5. Stay within your budget, and adjust accordingly. Set a budget amount ahead of time, and keep careful records so you stay under that number. If you choose a wedding venue that gives you an estimate of costs before your wedding, you can also make changes before your wedding that keep you on track with your budget.
  6. Plan some time away from wedding planning. Starting to feel burned out? Don’t be afraid to take some time away from your wedding planning. Take an occasional day at the spa, or out with your friends, as a chance to unwind—away from the wedding planning.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. If you feel lost, don’t hesitate to reach out to friends or family. Once you’ve chosen your beautiful wedding venue, contact staff members at the wedding venue for ideas and assistance via email or on Facebook. They’ve got experience with event planning and can recommend local vendors that fit your needs. With their help, you can make your vision of a beautiful wedding day a reality—hopefully without added stress and drama.

5 Ways to Welcome Your Wedding Guests

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place cards to welcome wedding guestsYour wedding day can be hectic, often without time to welcome and thank every wedding guest. Don’t stress about it; there are other ways to greet and show appreciation to your wedding guests—even before they arrive at your ceremony. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to welcome your wedding guests, and make sure they feel appreciated as they enjoy celebrating your special day:

  1. Make a good first impression. Start with decorations before your guests get to the reception hall. Our favorite wedding welcomes have come in a wide variety of unique welcomes, such as a chalk on the sidewalk picture or unique entryway décor.
  2. sign for weddingCustomized sign. This is a DIY project that can be uniquely you, or a fun customized purchase uniquely designed for your wedding. If you are hosting a wedding with a lot of pearls, make or buy a sign with pearls around the frame and a custom message for your guests. If you make the sign with a generic message such as “Welcome to the newest Mr. & Mrs.” you can even use the sign in your residence after the wedding.
  3. cookies for wedding guestsGifts. Leave little favors at the entrance, or on tables around the reception hall that fit with your wedding décor, who you are as a couple, or a chance to nibble. Create a table with appetizers or sweets and little wedding favors so your guests feel taken care of and part of the festivities. If you have guests from out of town, reach out to them with a customized packet of maps and information about the area.
  4. wedding favorsTake song requests. You can do this either on your wedding day, or before the event. Make your guests feel part of the festivities by asking for their song requests. You can do this on the RSVP cards your guests send back, or in a neat display at your wedding.
  5. Let them know you have their best interests at heart. When you send out your invites, let your guests know about transportation or hotel reservation deals. Another way is to book a wedding venue that has free parking or that is close to local hotels, like 1451 Renaissance Place. Let them know about these great wedding venue perks by including a small printed card inside the invitation that gives them logistical information.

Renaissance Place entranceThe most important way you can make your guests feel welcome is by choosing a caterer and venue that makes them feel welcome. Select a wedding venue with a welcoming entryway that makes your guests feel at ease, such as wedding venue 1451 Renaissance Place in Milwaukee. 1451 Renaissance Place also has an open vendor policy, allowing you to choose a vendor that fits with your wedding theme and takes care of your guests. This elegant venue also has the advantage of hosting one event at a time, making the enjoyment of your guests the staff’s sole focus. If you have any more questions about making your guests feel welcome at 1451 Renaissance Place, ask us on our Facebook page. With years of wedding planning and event experience, we can help you make your guests feel appreciated at your 1451 Renaissance Place wedding—and turn your welcoming ideas into an elegant reality.