Once you’re engaged, planning a wedding can easily start to consume all of your thoughts and energy 😆
And why not!? Your wedding is absolutely your time to celebrate, and it’s a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life, which means all of those details can quickly start to feel monumental. And, unfortunately, what started as wonderful and exciting can begin to manifest into something super stressful.
Thankfully, there are ways you can manage the stresses of wedding planning.
1. Create a detailed list and timeline.
Wedding planning is intensive and time-consuming, which means that if you’re not organized about what needs to get done and when, you can quickly fall into the trap of dreading your days, rather than looking forward to them.
As you check things off your list, remember to celebrate even the smallest accomplishments. They all add up!
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get everything done or if your timeline needs to be altered a bit. Just like your wedding dress, it’s all going to be okay.
I’ve created a wedding day photography checklist that helps you know how much time to plan for each type of photos like formal family photos, details of your dress rings and shoes.... etc! There’s a free download link in my blog bio! If your on your phone it’s at the bottom of this page
2. Consider asking for help.
Wedding planners are a wonderful option if they’re in your budget. But, for a lot of brides, hiring a full-time planner just isn’t feasible. Instead, look for the areas of wedding planning that are most stressful or daunting, and then ask for help.
Whether you hire someone to help you with one or two specific tasks, or you enlist the help of your friends and family (who really do want to help!), dividing the tasks can help you conquer everything with much less stress.
3. Stick to your budget.
One of the most stressful aspects of wedding planning is keeping on eye on money, which can, at times, feel like it’s slipping through your fingers.
To avoid stressing about how your wedding money is being spent, create a detailed budget at the very start.
Make this budget as realistic as possible by getting actual quotes and estimates from vendors so that you’re not surprised down the road.
4. Remember you can’t please everyone.
Because weddings are typically family affairs, it can feel like planning your wedding is more about doing what makes everyone happy, rather than remembering what you really want.
While making generous compromises can be a wonderful way to show your soon-to-be spouse how much you care for them, be careful not to bend too far backwards.
Saying “yes” to too many compromises can cause so much stress and anxiety that you lose sight of the joy and celebration of your wedding altogether.
5. Create a plan for relaxation.
Recognizing that wedding planning is stressful, it’s important to set aside time for you and your SO to relax and unwind, whether together or alone.
While important during the months and weeks leading up to your wedding, it’s even more so on the day of. When planning your wedding day, remember to schedule in time for the things that make you feel your best, including one-on-one time with your partner.
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