Your wedding planning experience will be memorable but I promise it will also be stressful. Here are a few suggestions that should help take some of the stress away.
Give Yourself Time
One of the most stressful aspects of planning a wedding is time. Ninety percent of brides are in a hurry for the entire wedding planning experience. Give yourself at least 4 to 6 months to plan your wedding. If you don’t have that much time, extra helping hands can always make up for lack of time.
One important detail to keep in mind: Thinking about your wedding and planning your wedding are not the same. Once you start planning, make sure you are getting things done every day. Procrastination will bring stress!
Stick to Your Budget
The other most stressful aspect of wedding planning is money problems. Most brides don’t have an unlimited budget. My most important advice: Set a budget and stick to it. Do not put your wedding on a credit card! You can have a fantastic wedding no matter what your budget is. Don’t start your marriage with money problems.
We all know that weddings are stressful so don’t forget to do the normal things that always reduce stress. If you don’t like to exercise, go for walks or drives to help clear your mind.
Go on Dates
This probably sounds crazy but many couples forget to go on formal dates during the wedding planning process. Hanging out doesn’t count! It is so important to spend quality time with your future spouse. Spending all night addressing invitation envelopes is not a date. Spend quality time without discussing wedding plans.
As you plan your wedding, you will run into many complications. Remember “Murphy’s Law” “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Obviously this law is not a fact but the point is, hope for the best and plan for the worst. Give yourself extra time for everything. This takes the stress away when things go wrong.
Ask For Help
Do not try to plan your wedding alone!! Planning a wedding is not a one person job. The more help you have, the less stressful your life will be. Ask your family and friends to help with the wedding planning. Learn to delegate tasks and your stress will disappear.
Take Time Off
If you spend hours every night on your wedding, chances are, you will get tired of it. As long as you give yourself plenty of time to plan you can take time off. If you have been working hard and feel overwhelmed, it’s time to take a break. Go to a movie or take a nap. Reward yourself for working hard.