Do you feel like you need someone or something to help you ditch wedding stress?
Wading in an ocean of vendors and caterers?
Are there a million people in your ear telling you what kinds of flowers or silverware you should use?
Well, hopefully this isn’t actually happening to you, but we know that planning a wedding can bring a lot of stress.
Now, weddings are a pretty big deal, so it’s fine if you feel a little bit of stress.
Stress can even be a motivator if you use it right.
But you shouldn’t let your wedding stress get to a point where you feel like you can’t function and like your wedding isn’t exciting anymore.
Worry not, we won’t let you get to that point.
Here are 13 amazon ways to help you ditch wedding stress.
Wedding Stress Symptoms
In order to help you ditch wedding stress, we think it’s best to start off with identifying symptoms of wedding stress.
Mind you, planning a wedding is no easy task, and it’s totally normal to feel stress.
However, the stress certainly shouldn’t affect your ability to function.
If you find that you’ve been dealing with one or more of these common symptoms, you may be feeling some wedding stress.
Do you never feel truly rested?
Can you not remember the last time you got a good night’s sleep?
If so, you may be feeling over-exhausted from planning your wedding.
And if you’re feeling tired, you won’t be able to put your best foot forward in the planning process.
Which brings us to our next symptom….
Difficulty Making Decisions
It’s common for wedding day stress to affect your ability to make decisions.
Every decision seems to feel like the end of the world, even just deciding the type of silverware you’ll have at the reception.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you aren’t rested enough, you won’t have a clear head when making even the small decisions, and the big decisions will feel all the more daunting.
Inability to Focus
You tell yourself that you have certain tasks you need to finish, but suddenly you find your mind trailing off every five minutes.
This might be because your wedding day stress is affecting your ability to focus.
And then this inability to focus only causes you to procrastinate and have to rush on these tasks…which only leads to more stress.
It certainly isn’t a fun cycle!
Finally, if you’re feeling wedding stress, you might be a little more irritable than normal.
You’ve got a lot on your mind, you can’t seem to make any decisions, and on top of that, you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep.
Chances are, this has all probably made you feel a bit on edge, and you find yourself losing control of your emotions over even minor situations.
Ways To Help You Ditch Wedding Stress
Do any of these previous symptoms sound like you?
If so, again, it’s totally normal to feel wedding stress!
But just because something is normal doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily good.
And we don’t want you feeling more stressed than you have to.
So, without further ado, here are some ways that could help you ditch wedding stress.
Identify the Sources of Your Stress
It’s much easier to tackle your stress head-on when you know where your stress is coming from.
For example, maybe you’re particularly worried about your guest list, or finalizing your vendors.
If you know what exactly is giving you the stress, it’s much easier to manage it and not feel like you’re being overwhelmed by your own emotions.
Before you try to do everything all at once, decide what you think is most important to address first.
We recommend that you sit down with your partner and think about what details you absolutely must have for your dream wedding.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the little details of wedding planning, but you’ll feel better once you have your priorities finalized and out of the way.
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Have A To-Do-List
Sometimes, planning a wedding can feel like climbing a giant mountain of never ending tasks.
But you don’t have to tackle everything all at once; it’s better to focus on one task at a time.
It might help to order your tasks in a to-do list.
This way, you can keep track of what you’ve already done and what you need to do, and you’re not stressing over a million tasks at once.
Consider Getting Outside Help
A good way to help you ditch wedding stress is to divide and conquer.
Like we’ve said, there’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, and you definitely don’t have to do it all by yourself.
Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to your family or members of your wedding party, who are likely more than willing to take on some responsibility.
And if you have the budget, maybe look at hiring a wedding planner who has lots of experience and connections.
Try Not To Compare
If you haven’t been to a wedding recently, you’ve likely seen a bunch of people posting about theirs on social media.
Please, try not to compare your wedding to anyone else’s.
Your wedding journey is your own, and your process doesn’t have to be the exact same as your neighbor’s.
Besides, why do you want your wedding to look like everyone else’s?
Go Out With Your Partner
Planning a wedding tends to increase tension amongst couples.
So, a good way to relieve stress (and keep the spark going before the big day) is to schedule throughout the planning process.
It’ll make for a good break from the planning, and it’ll reinvigorate you once you get back to planning since you’ll be so excited to marry them!
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Look, you want things to go as smoothly as possible, but life happens, and some things may not go exactly as you plan them.
Don’t try and spend too much time worrying about what could go wrong.
Instead, try telling yourself that if/when some things don’t go exactly as planned, it will be fine, the wedding will still go on, and the world will keep on turning.
Set Apart Time To Plan…and Not To Plan
You might feel obligated to be planning for your wedding 24/7, and like you might be wasting time if you’re doing something else.
If you’re feeling obligated to plan all day long, you’re going to burn out, and it’s not going to be fun.
Instead, set aside certain times or days for planning, and other times for personal activities or self care.
Don’t Worry About Pleasing Others
Friends, parents, siblings; tons of people are going to want to give their input on your wedding.
While they mean well and just want to help, there comes a point where there are too many cooks in the kitchen.
Learn To Embrace Being the Center of Attention
For a lot of newlyweds, a big source of stress can be the idea of being the center of attention on your wedding day.
And while you don’t have to have a follow spot and an entourage on you at all times, you’re going to have to get used to the focus being on you on your big day.
If you’re anxious about the first dance, you’re more than welcome to take some dancing lessons together before the big day.
Or take some public speaking courses if you’re worried about giving your speeches or vows.
Have A Plan B
Like we said, it’s possible some things won’t go exactly as you planned them.
And though this shouldn’t make you totally stress out, it might ease the stress knowing you have a Plan B.
Nobody likes uncertainty, so do your best to be proactive for every situation.
Take Your Time Getting Ready
A lot of the wedding stress tends to come out right before you actually walk down the aisle, in other words, during the time you normally get ready.
Then, the stress of your wedding combines with the stress of getting ready, and it’s not a fun time.
So, if you think you’ll need 90 minutes getting ready, then delegate at least 2 hours for prep time.
The moments before your wedding should be as relaxing and reflecting as possible, so don’t rush if you don’t have to!
Don’t Stall the Thank-You-Notes
Getting gifts is fun, and you’ll definitely be getting more than a few for your wedding.
However, thank-you-notes can sometimes feel like a giant chore after a party.
We suggest getting the thank-you-notes out of the way as quickly as you can, even before the honeymoon if possible.
Here you have our tips to help you ditch wedding stress.
Hopefully you feel like you can tackle your wedding planning with a clear mind and calm nerves.
And if you can, try and have a little fun with it!
At Milestone, we understand that planning a wedding is no simple feat.
We’d be glad to be a part of your village and make this process easier in any way we can.