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If we are all being honest here, we know that there is a certain level of stress to be expected in planning an event like a wedding. Below are five strategies to help you keep that stress level down, if not get rid of stress entirely!
A wedding planner can truly be a godsend when getting ready for your wedding day. Which is why hiring one is on our de-stress list! Your planner takes the brunt of the work while you point, say yes, no, and describe your dream wedding. We have one recommendation though: make sure the wedding planner you hire is the right fit before you dive deep! You may hear every once in awhile a horror story about a wedding planner that "ruined" the wedding day. This is why it is important to hire someone after you have met with a few different planners and been able to sift through a few reviews. Then, when you do hire someone, make sure communication is easy, open, and clear. Often these horror story wedding planners come more from a miscommunication of expectations, rather than complete incompetence.
Give Yourself Enough Time
If you are planning a big wedding, you have to know that you will need a big timeline. A time crunch is often one of the biggest stresses of wedding planning. Do yourself a favor and pick a wedding date far enough out to actually accomplish the creation of your dream wedding. With that being said, you also have to stay on the ball and not procrastinate your planning! Give yourself time and you will give yourself peace!
Go on a Mini-Vacation
If you feel the stress mounting, take a break. Go on a weekend getaway and forget about wedding plans for a few days. OR if you don't feel you can take a weekend, enjoy a spa day or doing something you truly enjoy and leave that wedding planning binder at home!
Don't Take it too Seriously
Your wedding is meant to be enjoyed. It doesn't matter if you are going for an elegant affair or playing it up with a Shrek Fairy tale theme. If you can't let go and see that in the long run, something going wrong on the wedding day isn't the end of the world. Well...let's just say that the chances that everything is exactly perfect for the entire processes is slim and you should be enjoying your last days while you can.
This one is easy. Unless you absolutely hate writing, but even then, you can modify it to your needs. Journal writing (venting) is a great way to release your pent up stress, sort through your feelings, and gain perspective. Keep a wedding journal to help you manage your stress AND document memories of the days leading up to that magical "I Do".