Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding

Weddings can be stressful – but they don’t have to be!  After 26 years in the wedding business, Judith Warren and Caroline Tucker of Vecoma at the Yellow River in Snellville, have noticed small things brides can do to help ease the stress on the big day. Here are their top 10 tips:

Bride getting ready with the bridesmaids

Stress free bride


  1. Make a Wedding Day Timeline.  When making a timeline; include time to get ready and time to pack up.  Frequently brides don’t allow enough time for hair and makeup and might even show up late to the venue!  Plan at least one hour for hair and one hour for makeup for each person getting ready.


  1. Take some of your wedding photos BEFORE the ceremony.Knock out photos like the groom with his groomsmen, and the bride with bridesmaids. This gives you more time to enjoy your reception. When you look at your pictures years later you don’t want your memories to be about spending time taking pictures.

Groomsmen carrying groom Green Bridesmaids dresses

  1. Don’t look at Pinterest. Yes, there are gorgeous photos and ideas on Pinterest but remember many of these photos are not from real weddings – they are from styled photo sessions!  Decide on the details that you feel are most important and incorporate those into your wedding.  Don’t feel like you have to do it all.

If you would like to see some pictures of real weddings at Vecoma click here!

  1. Hire a Babysitter for Young Children.  While children can make for adorable wedding photos, children can be rambunctious and unpredictable. Parents may also be a little reluctant to watch their own kids because they want to enjoy the open bar or hit the dance floor. A great idea is to hire a babysitter who is not part of the wedding party to take the kids home, or to a hotel after the ceremony is done.
  1. Pack the Car the Day Before.  The most common items that brides forget to pack are: the veil, the ringbearers pillow, and the flower girl basket! Also small things like scissors and tape come in handy. Make sure you have everything you need by packing the car the day before! This will save you a lot of stress the morning of!


  1. Hire professional vendors. Just because someone “has been a DJ before” doesn’t mean they are going to do a great job during your wedding. Hire vendors that have experience doing weddings, or specialize in it.

Although this might make your wedding more expensive, you’ll realize that their will be less problems, and things will run more smoothly.


  1. Ditch the High Heels.  Smiles are very difficult to fake when your feet are killing you. While some shoes might look gorgeous, it’s important to pack a pair of comfortable shoes for the reception. You have a right to look good and feel good.

Bridal Sneakers that say "Mrs. Blanton" in

Fun bedazzled bridal shoes

  1. Pamper Yourself the week before the wedding:  By this time your major decisions have been made, so take time for a few long bubble baths, turn off the news and watch some comedy movies, get your nails done, and savor these moments with your future spouse, friends and family.


  1. Delegate Last-minute Details to your Bridesmaids or Friends.  Does someone need to be picked up at the airport?  Delegate it.  Did you forget to get something at the store?  Delegate it.  Don’t run yourself ragged trying to do everything yourself.  If you can delegate a task, do it!


  1. No one has control over the Weather! Even events that have been planned meticulously can still have things not quite go as planned. Cousin Craig might be late, DJ Willy Wow might get sick. There are many things that are beyond your ability to control. What’s important is this:

“The most important thing about the wedding is that the bride smiles and kisses the groom.  Guests will overlook any mishap if the couple is showing their love for each other,” -Judith Warren, a long time owner of a wedding venue.


For more information call 770-972-6540 or log onto Vecoma at the Yellow River .