Wedding Stress Impacts Couples

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Posted: 27th Sep

Almost half of Scottish couples (49%) have found themselves in high levels of stress during their wedding planning. That’s according to a new survey from the Scottish Wedding Show.

Half of the couples surveyed, in the bespoke survey by the show to its database, also said they’d had major disagreements about their plans, showing that planning a wedding can certainly take its toll.

The most stressful part of wedding planning for the couples appeared to be negotiating finances with a fifth saying they found it tough. Keeping families happy (15%) and deciding on the guest list (12%) were also high on the list of stressful tasks.

Of course, it’s not all bad. The survey also asked couples what they enjoyed most about their wedding planning. Choosing the venue came out top (18%), closely followed by finding the right wedding day outfits (17%) and planning the honeymoon was also high on the list (14%).

In the lead up to what’s supposed to be the most magical day of couple’s lives, half of the couples surveyed said they had had major disagreements on the plans.

Susan Spence is Head of Weddings & Events at Manorview and has worked with hundreds of couples planning their weddings. Susan said: “There is no doubt that planning your wedding can be extremely stressful. Couples put a lot of pressure on themselves to make it an extra special day. What couples often forget is that their guests just want to see them happy and having fun and that should be at the heart of everything they do. There are some really simple things you can do to make the planning less stressful: 

Prioritise: agree with your partner what’s most important to you both and focus on that first. That way you’ll have that sorted and in hand early on in the planning process. 

Delegate: there will be plenty of people around you who want to help, so let them. Whether it’s your bridal party or family and friends – give them a role and take some of the weight off your shoulders. 

Compromise: you and your partner aren’t going to agree on everything, but remember this is a special day for both of you, so compromise where you can.

Be organised: whether you are having a small intimate wedding, or a full on event, you will need to be organised. Find a way to keep track of your spending, contacts, actions and ideas so that you’ve got everything in the one place. 

Enjoy: For most people this is the most exciting day of your life so enjoy every second of the planning.

Tsitsi Lynn Makuni, Group Show Manager for The Scottish Wedding Show said: “We see thousands of couples at our bi-annual wedding show all hoping to make their wedding planning as smooth as possible. While the planning might be stressful at times, your big day is one you’ll never forget so take the advice of our exhibitors and enjoy every minute of both the planning and your wedding day.”

The Scottish Wedding Show runs from the 14-15 October and the SEC in Glasgow with 200 exhibitors, three daily catwalk shows a day and 10 bands performing over the weekend. Tickets are available here.

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