Despite getting engaged and married being exciting milestones, planning a wedding is famously stressful. The average person doesn’t regularly throw large events like this, and balancing out the needs and desires of two families can be difficult. For those who don’t relish being in the spotlight, it can be especially tough. It’s no wonder that some couples choose to elope! However, if it’s important to you to have a big traditional wedding, but you’re worried about being so stressed that it dampens the engagement process, we have tips on how to stay calm while planning your nuptials.
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- Hire a planner. While there are still stressful aspects – usually due to interpersonal relationships – that a professional might not be able to help with, an expert consultant and event designer will do a lot to lighten the load of wedding planning.
- Take a break. While you don’t want to procrastinate, you also don’t want 100% of your free time while you’re engaged to be spent on planning. Take part in your favorite self-care activities; spend time with friends and your future spouse where you don’t talk about the wedding.
- Get plenty of exercise. Working out can help relieve stress and sleep better at night, with the added bonus of helping you feel healthier for the big day!
- Celebrate accomplished tasks. Your to-do list will seem more fun if you implement a reward system every time you’re able to cross an item of your list.
- Know when to let go. A detail that seemed fun in the Pinterest stage of planning may turn into a nightmare DIY project that takes over your home and your mind. Remember what your priorities for your nuptials are and don’t be afraid to give up on certain ideas if they end up being more trouble than they are worth.
- Focus on your relationship. While a wedding day is important, it’s ultimately the marriage that matters. Keeping this perspective will help soften the blow if something goes wrong.