What to Do When Wedding Planning is Stressful
The s-word happens to almost everyone planning a wedding - you know the one: STRESS. Finding wedding planning stressful doesn’t mean you’re a bridezilla, it doesn’t mean you’re a control freak or a worry wart… it means you’re human! For most people, a wedding is the biggest event they’ve ever planned - and that is enough to cause a little bit of stress. Between family expectations, balancing a budget, and wading through the hundreds of little decisions you need to make throughout the planning process, it’s natural to get a little overwhelmed!
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reduce stress during wedding planning - here are a few sure fire ways to curb your worries and get back to enjoying the process.
Busy-ness is often a big cause of stress - cut down the number of things on your plate by delegating tasks to other people. If you are taking on more of the planning responsibilities than your fiancé, it might be time to choose a few areas that they need to take over - it’s their day too! Your bridal party, parents and siblings are often people who would love to help out if they are simply given a task.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Hire an experienced wedding planner to take some of the load off. Many brides are scared of the cost of wedding planners - don't be! A good wedding planner will actually save you money in the long run. Many planners offer small consulting packages all the way up to full service wedding planning packages. Meet with a few different planners and choose one that will fit your budget and your lifestyle.
Are ‘what if’ scenarios making you worry? Make a backup plan. You can worry all day about what will happen if it rains on your wedding day, but creating a back-up plan for poor-weather days will solve that problem and eliminate any reason to stress about it.
With all of the decisions that a wedding involves, it’s easy to begin to obsess over every single one. Being flexible with less important details will help reduce stress big-time when you’re ready to choose a different (and easier) option than you originally envisioned.
Take a time-out.
It’s not the end of the world if that doesn’t get done today! If wedding planning is starting to drive you crazy, take a step back and do something that you love. Take some time for yourself or spend some time with loved ones where you don’t discuss the wedding.
Focus on what’s most important.
By far the best way to reduce stress is to remember why you’re doing all of this in the first place: you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and you’re making a lifelong commitment to one another. That is the most important thing. Flowers, decor, and any other details that are causing you stress won’t really matter when you’re sitting on your rocking chair in 50 years, but the person rocking beside you will.