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How to Achieve Stress-Free Wedding Planning

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By Elise Morgan | @elisemthewriter

As we find ourselves in the busiest season of the year for weddings and marriage ceremonies, more and more of the people involved in the details find themselves overwhelmed and often times over-stressed. Everyone from the planners to the caterers to those who oversee and prepare the venues are working nonstop to make sure that the big day goes off without a hitch. But rarely is anyone more concerned with the outcome of this event than the bride herself.

 Why is Planning a Wedding So Stressful?

There are any number of reasons that a bride and her party may find it exhausting and even downright frustrating to plan and arrange the specifics of her wedding ceremony. Maybe it is something that she has dreamt about her entire life, right down to the smallest detail and doing it any other way would be disappointing. 

Perhaps a family member or friend had a disastrous wedding and that day has always stuck in their minds. Or it could simply be that they feel it is vital to start the first day of their lives as married partners on the best possible note. Regardless of the individual reasons that a person might feel the need to create the perfect wedding day, actually pulling it off can be exacerbating.

How Can I Reduce the Anxiety and Stress that Goes Along with Wedding Planning?

The good news is that you don’t have to just suffer through the process until it’s over. We came up with a small list to help you deal with the mounting worry and frustration that comes as you get closer and closer to the big day:

1. Let a Professional Planner Handle the Details

While it is only natural that you would want to oversee every little detail for the most monumental event in your life, that doesn’t mean that you have to go it alone. By bringing in a wedding planner, you can still be involved in every step of the process without actually being responsible for handling or arranging them.

2. Make Sure You are Getting Enough Rest at Night

A good night’s rest is probably the last thing on any brides’ mind, but lack of sleep not only makes us more stressed, but also more reactive to stressful situations. Without the recommended seven hours of sleep, lack of alertness and impaired memory may also arise. It is amazing the difference getting a good night’s sleep can make in your overall attitude and mood, so consider following a wedding week sleep guideto help you sleep easy. 

3. Get Plenty of Exercise and Proper Nutrition

This is a good little tip that most people tend to overlook during most periods of high stress or time-consuming activities. But things like reducing your caffeine and sugar intake, eating healthier, and making sure you fit a few regular trips to the gym into your routine can have a tremendous impact on your mental state.

4. Spend Less Time on Social Media

Another activity that can increase your stress levels concerning your wedding is social media. Constantly looking at other people’s marriage ceremonies which are always presented in the best possible light (and somehow, none of the disasters ever get photographed or posted) can subconsciously have you trying to “keep up with the Joneses”.

5. Go on a “Date Night” or Just Get Away

Sometimes, you just need a break from the constant stress that comes with planning the biggest day of your life. A simple night on the town with your soon-to-be spouse, or even a weekend trip can be just the tonic you need to recharge for the final countdown to the big event.

Regardless of the specific reasons that you may find yourself at your limits with the hustle and bustle that goes into making your wedding the day that every bride deserves to have, you don’t have to simply grit your teeth and bear it. There are a number of additional things you can do to help deal with the stress associated with organizing your marriage ceremony and reception.