We get it, wedding planning is STRESSFUL! Saying yes to the dress is just a minute detail in the whole grand scheme of planning your wedding. To make the best out of planning your big day, we've covered 5 tips to reduce stress during all the wedding madness!
1. Define specific times for wedding planning
As with anything stressful in life, you must be able to put aside your worries and concerns and take a breather. Set a defined time each week or each day dedicated to planning your wedding. This will allow you to completely focus on planning your special day. When that time is up, put everything aside and allow yourself to relax on all the bridal business and tend to other aspects of your life. Practicing this will help to compartmentalize the stresses of your planning yet still keep the ball rolling on all the wedding preparation.
2. Have a separate calendar
Having a whole separate planner/schedule solely for your wedding planning is an absolute must to keep organized during all the mess. Preparing ahead and planning out dates, making to do lists, and checking things off will help to keep your head on your shoulders and your stress levels down. The more you plan out in advance, the more relaxed you will be closer to the big date!
3. Don't be afraid to delegate
A lot of wedding stress comes from the bride feeling overwhelmed with ALL the different hats she has to wear during the process. There are so many aspects that make up a wedding, and to relieve some of these stressors, it's crucial that you delegate some of these tasks. Of course you want to be apart of every little detail, but to relieve stress, you can't possibly do it all. Delegate tasks like picking up items, ordering materials online, or dealing with unexpected problems with vendors. This will lift a lot off your plate, so you can focus on the big ticket decisions.
4. Remember, nothing and no one is perfect
It's easy to get wrapped up in all the details of the wedding, but you have to remember to keep realistic expectations. Nothing is perfect, and it's important to continuously step back from all the madness to keep things in perspective. When you're feeling overwhelmed or not everything is turning out how you envisioned it, take a break. Do something you love to do. Read a book. Go on a walk. Do anything else that will allow you to look at your wedding day from a different lens. Everything will come together in the end, and it's important to realize that not everything will turn out exactly how you envisioned--but usually better.
5. Stay positive!
Every step of planning your wedding should be thought of positively. Be thankful for even the hectic and crazy times. When you look back, you'll realize that all those little moments, good and bad, are what made your wedding YOURS! In the end, it's about your future husband, your family and friends, and your future family. Keep a positive mindset throughout all the planning and enjoy even the little things that don't turn out so perfectly. Keeping a healthy attitude throughout the planning is what will make everything so special and memorable on your wedding day!
-Written by Samantha Townsend