Chances are, if you are planning a wedding, you are at least somewhat stressed out. Between coordinating the wedding venue, choosing dresses, deciding on flowers and trying to bring two whole families together at one time, planning a wedding is enough to make even the calmest and sanest of people start to go crazy.
It is nearly impossible to completely avoid stress during wedding planning. However, there are definitely steps those planning a wedding can take to alleviate some of the stress.
The most important way to avoid stress during wedding planning is to remember why you are going through the stress of planning a wedding in the first place. While it can feel like you are planning a wedding to entertain and impress guests, the truth is you are planning a wedding to publicly celebrate your love and the start of a new life together.
To relieve some stress during wedding planning, be sure to schedule in some quality time with your fiancé. Plan a date night to your favorite restaurant and make a deal that there will be no wedding talk while on the date. Spending time with the one you are planning your future with is a great way to help avoid stress during wedding planning.
Another way to help reduce some of the stress associated with your wedding is to ask for help. Some wedding venues, including ours, have bridal attendants who can help you plan every detail of your wedding with minimal stress to you.
If you do not have the money, or the inclination, to hire a wedding planner, do not be shy to ask friends for help. Bridesmaids are a great resource, so use them! Just remember to be gracious about the fact that they are taking their own time to help you and do not expect them to jump at your commands. Get opinions from your husband-to-be and ask for his help on projects that might interest him.
Need something built for the ceremony? Ask your fiancé if he and some of his buddies would mind helping out. Make decisions about the menu and cake with him to take some of the pressure off of you. Family and friends are typically more than willing to help as long as you give them enough notice.
Take time off from wedding planning. While planning a wedding, it can seem that your time is completely occupied with wedding related tasks on top of your daily work and chores. Devote at least a 48 hour period to nothing except activities that you find relaxing.
Start a Saturday with a manicure/pedicure with your girlfriends and spend the afternoon going for a walk with your fiancé. Have a movie and popcorn night at home - with no wedding flicks. Go for brunch on Sunday and instead of agonizing over wedding plans, talk about how exciting the honeymoon will be.
It is nearly impossible to avoid stress during wedding planning completely, but there are ways to reduce it. Happy planning!