Everyone wants their wedding day to be perfect. It can seem impossible, but there are a few steps you can take to make sure it goes smoothly!

The first thing you should do once you have a plan for the day is plan with your partner and friends about possible issues with each delivery, service, and activity on the itinerary, and ways to deal with them effectively. For example, how would you like to handle traffic delays or a last minute dress malfunction? Having a set plan ahead of time will give you more confidence on the day and make it easier on everyone involved.

Make sure you have an emergency kit packed with all the essentials: tissues, bandages, stain remover, extra makeup and hair products, water, etc. If you have this at hand, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have everything you need when you need it.

Make sure that all of your vendors are on schedule and working together efficiently, based on an agreed schedule you’ve created that they will follow. The timeline should leave 5-10 minutes of room here and there within the itinerary for challenges or delays.

Make sure you have a support system in place. Create a schedule that includes who will do what tasks for when during the day (make sure you include reception setup!). Talk with your family and friends about how they might be able to help you out, ad hoc, to keep the schedule moving.  And if all else fails – which hopefully it won’t – try to have a backup plan in place; this could mean getting married at home, in the backyard, or having your reception at a restaurant in the case of severe weather or event space flooding or fire.

Finally, try not to sweat the small stuff! Things don’t always go as planned and if you stay calm and think about how lucky you are to have such amazing family, friends, and future spouse, you will remember that it will all work out in the end.

So go ahead, take a deep breath and smile because this is going to be the most amazing day ever! Remember that stress often leads people away from experiencing joy in life so try not to let anything bring you down on what should be one of your happiest days. Live in the moment with those around you, have fun dancing at the reception, and soak up all those sweet moments as they happen. It’s your day and you deserve to enjoy every minute of it.