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  • Writer's pictureCara Hobbs

WEDDING PLANNING STRESS? 6 tips to reduce wedding stress.

Updated: May 2

Six expert tips (plus a bonus tip!) to help relieve the stress and build the excitement for your special day.

Wedding reception in the Conservatory at Goodstone Inn
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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. It's a celebration of your love story and the start of a new journey with your partner. However, planning a wedding can be overwhelming, with many details to consider. That's where Goodstone Inn's highly experienced events team, with their wealth of knowledge and expertise, provides 6 helpful tips to reduce wedding stress. 

  1. This day is all about you. Reduce stress by tuning in to what makes you happy and what you enjoy. Plan an event that is authentically you.

  2. Embrace the power of the 5 Ps on your Wedding Day. This strategic approach to planning will not only help you stay organized but also significantly reduce stress.Your guests are your tribe, and they want the best for you. Release any pressures on guest expectations for a stress-free celebration.

  3. Reduce photo pressure! Don't save all of your photos until after the ceremony. Sprinkle them throughout the day so you have more time to enjoy your loved ones.

  4. "Work smart, not hard" on your wedding planning to reduce stress.

  5. Take control of your budget by prioritizing your 'must-haves' over your 'feel-like-I-should-haves.' This approach will prevent you from overspending on things that don't hold much meaning for you, reducing financial stress and allowing you to focus on creating a memorable wedding experience.

At Goodstone Inn, we understand that your wedding day should be unique, personalized, and unforgettable. That's why we focus on creating an experience that reflects your love story. Our venue, with its exclusive charm and enchanting ambiance, is a testament to this. The serene countryside setting, historic Manor House, picturesque Ivy Wall, and rustic Carriage House create a magical backdrop for your celebration, making it truly unique. With a dedicated events team, on-site chef-curated catering, venues for a ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, accommodations, and plenty of room to relax, Goodstone Inn takes the stress out of your wedding planning and experience. 

We believe in embracing unique experiences and activities that reflect your personalities as a couple. Don't chase the social media standards; reduce stress by planning an "authentically you" event. Are you an artsy couple? Think of having live portrait painters capture cherished moments and guests during your day. These portraits are not just gifts for guests, they are living memories of your special day. Is a coffee table wedding book not your style? Consider documentary-style photography for your day that captures authentic memories and the mood of your day. Planning your wedding is usually a "team event," but stay true to yourself and your partner, and the process will be much more enjoyable and less stressful.

To ensure a smooth and stress-free wedding day, we recommend following the age-old advice of the 5 P's: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. One way to pre-plan is by arranging breakfast and lunch deliveries for your getting-ready suite, which will help to energize everyone for the upcoming celebrations. This way, your wedding party can focus on preparing for the day ahead without the added stress of managing meals. Knowing when and where things are happening on your wedding day will help alleviate unnecessary stress. Draft up a loose schedule for your day so you understand what will be happening, when, and where. Create a "wedding day playlist" with all your favorite songs for background music in your getting-ready suite. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety and blood pressure and relieve stress.

Remember that the guests invited to your celebration want to see you happy and prosperous. Don't stress over guest expectations. People travel from far and wide to join in celebrating your wedding. Treat them to the fullness of who you and your partner are and what you will build together. Lean into the uniqueness of your lives and love and put it on full display for your guests to enjoy. Customize menus, seating arrangement guides, floral decor, or centerpieces with signature items that reflect your accomplishments and passions. Many guests have supported you throughout your journey to this exciting moment, so let the couple they have come to know and love shine! This is your tribe, and these are your people; don't stress about their expectations; they are only here to celebrate with you. 

Breaking up the day with photo moments will reduce the timeline pressure and stress, allowing you to capture the day on film while still enjoying the event you worked so hard to plan. We recommend scheduling photos before the ceremony and opting for a first look to capture genuine emotions and enjoy more time with your loved ones during the reception. By leaving little time gaps throughout the day, you can cherish intimate moments with your partner and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Bonus tip: Try new traditions that enhance the experience for you and your guests. After your last "fun" dance of the night—think Wagon Wheel, Sweet Caroline, or Closing Time—plan a final slow dance alone to reflect on how fantastic the day was and how incredible it is for all your loved ones to come to celebrate you. Your guests will love sharing a slower, special moment celebrating your new love story after the day's fun events. If you plan to do an exit with a photo opportunity, your end-of-the-night slow dance is the perfect time for your wedding planner to get your guests together and ready for the exit photos.


No need to reinvent the wheel with personalized touches; simple customizations will bring the character to your event with little need for stressful decisions. With our blank slate venue and endless possibilities for customization, all weddings are different at Goodstone Inn. Our dedicated events team is committed to bringing your vision to life, whether designing a custom signature cocktail or incorporating a family favorite dessert. Our couples have named specialty cocktails after their four-legged family members or the places that hold special meaning in their hearts, like where they grew up or maybe vacationed with their family as a child. Did you or your partner grow up in the DC area? Tweak a Manhattan to the "Capital" and incorporate local distilleries or farm fresh garnishes highlighting the region. Save your energy (and stress!) by looking at your history and discovering simple, cherished traditions to work into the celebration.

Budgeting is always stressful, and we understand that weddings can be expensive. Don't feel pressured to continue wedding traditions that are not meaningful to you. Not a fan of traditional wedding cake? Go with a special dessert for your celebration and skip the massive 5-tiered wedding cake. It's your day; you make the rules! We also recommend maximizing your budget by keeping your guest count intimate or exploring buyout options for the entire property. You can enjoy a stress-free planning process by investing in a comprehensive package like our Magnolia, Blue Ridge, or Evergreen Packages. 

At Goodstone Inn, we are committed to making your wedding day unforgettable and effortless. Finding your person can be stressful, but proclaiming your love in front of your friends and family should be joyful. Let us help you create a magical wedding experience that reflects your love story and exceeds your expectations without all the crazy stress. Contact us today to begin planning your dream wedding at Goodstone Inn. 

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