How to Avoid Wedding Planning Stress
Stressed about Wedding Planning?
Don’t worry. It’s totally normal.
First, take a deep breath and repeat out loud “This wedding is about a lifetime of happiness with my fiance. The stress is not worth it. Everything will be OK”.
Planning a wedding requires time, money and commitment.
You’ll need to make decisions like the guest list, food, music, flowers, create a gift registry, wedding photographer, bridesmaids dresses, hotel reservations, the cake, hair and makeup, seating arrangements, and so on…
You get the point…
Having a meltdown during the wedding planning process will result in the wrong decisions, arguments with loved ones, and many empty bottles of wine.
Before you fall into despair, check out these tips and sleep with ease!
Mom, Dad. We Need To Talk.
You love your family. But, sometimes families can be pushy.
Especially when they have strong opinions about how things should be done at YOUR wedding.
If your families are funding a part of your wedding, that doesn’t give them permission to run the show. If they’re trying, then it’s time for a talk with your opinionated parents.
Sit them down and politely ask them to help with aspects of the wedding of YOUR choosing.
Let them know how important it is for your wedding to be authentic and you’d really appreciate their support in letting you make your big day a reality.
Letting them still help, but setting boundaries, will let them feel included and you will be stress free. Double win.
Me + You = Success
You don’t have to do anything on your own. You and your fiance can assign various tasks to each other, according to your personalities and schedules.
For example, if you are a strong negotiator then you can take care of the wedding vendor phone calls about contracts. If your fiance is more artistic, then they can handle the invitations and wedding decorations.
Make sure to run all final decisions by each other before any checks are written. Just trust each other and have fun planning the wedding of your dreams.
Remember to take a break from wedding planning every once in awhile. Check out my list of super fun games perfect for date night you can play at home that are perfect for 2 people!
Help! I Need Somebody!
When friends ask if they can help, just say yes! Don’t be shy to accept the help.
Start delegating so you don’t have to worry about the small things anymore.
Pick the tasks that save you a lot of time and you only need to give the final approval at the end, without being involved every step of the way.
For instance, if your sibling wants to find the perfect wedding favors let them research all the options. Then, they can share their top picks and you can make the final selection!
Of course, you can’t trust just anyone with wedding planning tasks!
It’s OK to politely decline if your third cousin LeeAnn wants to make doilies as guest favors, or if your co-worker offers to take the photos or bake a cake.
Authentic Bride Guide Tip: While it may sound like a cost savings to let friends help out with big aspects of the wedding, it may not be the best idea. It can cause unnecessary hard feelings if you don’t see eye to eye or if they need to cancel at the last minute.
Me, Myself and I
Are you feeling tired? Overwhelmed? Or, you just want a break from the wedding planning? You. Can. Do. It.
Arrange some time to treat yourself with a few of your favorites things.
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Go for a walk, read a book, watch the latest Netflix documentary, or spend some quality time with your friends or family.
There is one rule.
Don’t talk about the wedding! It will help you clear your mind and gather your thoughts.
Authentic Bride Guide: Turn off your phone for a few hours and avoid your emails.
Hire A Wedding Planner
Sometimes a wedding professional can lift all the weight from your shoulders and make life so much better. This comes in the form of a wedding planner or event coordinator.
They can help with as little or as much as you want.
Let them help with wedding venue details, contacting vendors, organizing the music, making sure the timeline goes according to plan, and much more.
Get help overseeing all the details and make sure that everything runs smoothly so you are happy and relaxed.
You May Kiss The Bride
Remember: this wedding belongs to you and your fiance.
YOU make the final decisions and can organize the wedding day of your dreams.
Forget outdated traditions that you don’t like, family and friends that pressure you, or anything else that doesn’t spark joy.
Simply focus on you and your fiance. After the wedding is over, it’s just the two of you.
Happy Wedding Planning!