Bride's extreme pre-planning helps keep wedding stress-free

A woman who planned her wedding years before she had even met her husband helped make the day stress-free, according to the groom.

Kate Owens, 34, already had her ceremony mapped out a decade before she met future husband Shaun Owens, reports, but rather than being put off by this extreme pre-planning, the groom found plenty of positives.

He admitted he was initially a little surprised, but soon realised that it would mean he would have an easy time of things in the run-up to the big day. Everything from the band to the look of the wedding reception venue had been sorted out.

“It freed up a lot of time and anxiety so that the result was we could better enjoy the excitement and each other’s company leading up to our big day,” said Mr Owens. Although he was tasked with picking out his own suit and the clothes worn by the other men involved.

According to, one of the big jokes at the wedding – which took place in June 2012 – was that the band had been booked nine years before the reception, when Ms Owens saw them play live and immediately asked them if they would perform at her wedding.

It was one of many details that she already had clear. She said: “I knew the style of wedding dress I wanted. I knew what style bridesmaids’ dress I wanted. I knew the colour scheme. I knew I wanted it to be outdoors.”