10 Ways to Reduce Stress While Planning a Wedding!
When you first get engaged, you’re SUPER excited to start planning your wedding! Honestly, who wouldn’t be! But what you’re probably not thinking about is all of the stress that goes along with it for you and the people helping you plan your wedding day.
Trust me, I’ve been there. At first, it feels like your flying on a cloud with not a worry in sight, but then the hard decisions hit and it’s instant stress. It’s definitely not how you want to feel throughout your entire wedding planning process!
This, however, doesn’t have the be the case for you! I’m sharing my top 10 Ways to Reduce Stress While Planning a Wedding to help you overcome it and get your life back, so you can actually enjoy the time you spend planning your wedding.
My Top 10 Ways to Reduce Stress While Planning a Wedding
1. Take Breaks
We all know how easy it is to think about the wedding and ONLY about the wedding ALL the time. When you’re that excited about marrying your best friend and the love of your life, you can’t help it! But you also need to remember that your wedding day is really just one day out of your entire life together. You still have a life to live right now and a fiancé to lovingly adore! So don’t let your wedding planning completely consume your life.
Be sure to take breaks from wedding planning as often as possible. Which means absolutely NO thinking or talking about the wedding at all! Set aside one or two days each week that are specifically reserved for wedding planning and leave the other days of the week for living your life and spending time with your fiancé.
2. Remember the “Why”
If you’re really starting to stress out, take a moment to step back and think about the reason you’re planning your wedding to begin with. Your reason being that you’ve found the person that you love with all your heart and want to spend the rest of your life with! Focusing your thoughts on the bigger picture will help you overcome any bumps in the road and will help you plan your wedding from a place of love, not stress.
3. Hire a Wedding Planner
I really can’t stress this one enough. I made the giant mistake of NOT hiring a wedding planner for my own wedding, so my wedding day was chaotic and running completely behind the entire day because of it. Trust me, this is NOT how you want your wedding day to go.
By hiring a wedding planner you’ll have someone to help you with planning, finding the perfect vendors, and taking some of the load off your shoulders so you aren’t so stressed out. Wedding planners are worth their weight in gold, and they’ll definitely help you reduce stress while planning a wedding!
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4. Exercise + Eat Healthily
Lack of exercise and a poor diet are bad for stress! Try to workout at least three times per week to help reduce stress, help you reach your wedding day fitness goals, and boost your confidence! Whether it be yoga, going for a run, hiking, biking along the beach, or hitting the gym with your fiancé! Exercise is proven to boost your energy levels, reduce stress, and to clear your head!
Also be sure to eat healthily. Eating nothing but junk food will make you groggy throughout the day, so you’ll have less energy. Limit the amount of processed and sugary meals you eat. Focus more on eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, lean meat, and drinking plenty of water.
5. Choose the Perfect Vendor Team + Book Them Early
Choosing the perfect wedding vendors that you really connect with and can trust is a great way to reduce stress while planning a wedding. When you’re searching for your wedding vendors be sure to meet with them in person so you can get to know them, go through the details, and see if they’re the right fit for you.
I recommend booking your vendors 8-12 months in advance. By booking them early you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and focus on other areas of your wedding planning. Booking them in advance will also ensure that you get to work with your dream team of vendors and that they’re not already booked for another wedding on your wedding date.
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6. Take a Weekend Trip with Your Fiance
What I’ve personally found to be one of the greatest stress reducers is getting away from home for a while. Whether you’re going to visit family and friends, taking a short trip to a place you’ve been dying to go to, staying in a nearby AirBnB, or going on a full vacation, getting away from home will do wonders for your stress levels. You’ll have the chance to clear your head, get re-inspired, reconnect with your fiancé, and create some fun new memories together!
7. Always Stay Organized
Being disorganized can be a major major major cause of stress. My theory is that if what you’re working on and everything else around you is disorganized, then your mind will be jumbled too. Even if you’re not normally a very organized person, I highly recommend trying to stay extremely organized while you’re planning your wedding.
I recommend using digital organizing apps such as Evernote, Google Drive, or Trello to help you keep everything in one place. Using digital apps makes it easy to have your wedding planning things with you wherever you go. If you’re not much of a digital person, then I’d recommend getting a zip up binder and creating a wedding planning binder to keep everything organized.
8. Talk About It
Sometimes venting or just talking it through with your fiancé, a family member, a friend, or an online community of engaged couples can be extremely helpful when it comes to relieving your stress. Keeping things bottled up can just make matters worse. So when you’re getting really stressed out, don’t be afraid to talk to someone about it – they’re there to help you.
Here’s a really great Facebook group for you to chat with other brides who have lots and lots of tips on how to reduce stress while planning a wedding!
9. Learn A New Skill or Do Something Creative
This one’s another one of my favorite ways to reduce stress! Doing something creative or learning a new skill you’ve always wanted to learn gives you a break from thinking about wedding planning and allows you to do something super fun + fulfilling! Whether it be watercolor painting, learning how to do calligraphy, or learning how to dance, it’ll all be fun and relaxing!
10. Regular Date Nights With Your Fiance
Regular date nights are a must for me in my marriage! I fully believe in always continuing to go on dates together so you have a chance to take a break, reconnect with one another, catch up on how each of you is doing, and to create fun new memories together! One recommendation for your date nights is to not talk about wedding planning AT ALL and instead just focus on being together!
My Own Personal Favorite Stress Reducers:
- Riding horses or spending time with them! Horses have always been a huge part of my life and just being around them is so calming. Plus they’re great listeners!
- Taking a weekend trip with my husband!
- Reading a good romance novel.
- Going for a walk with my two pups!
- Regular date nights + time with family and friends!
- Cleaning the house and organizing! This might sound weird, but it’s one of the best ways to blow off some steam and calm down! Plus you feel SUPER accomplished once you’re done!
- Watching the sunset!
- Writing in my journal. Writing what I’m grateful for and the positives that happened throughout the day so I can focus on the good things!
- Listening to very loud pop music and dancing in the car!
- A good long hug from my husband always makes things a million times better!
Do you have any stress reducing tips of your own to add to my 10 Ways to Reduce Stress While Planning a Wedding post? Comment below or share this post with a friend!
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