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How to Manage Wedding Planning Stress
AUTHOR: BIRDY GREY | DATE: 07/03/2024

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times in your life, but it can also be incredibly stressful. From finding the perfect venue to managing the guest list, the pressure can quickly become overwhelming. We’re here to help you keep the stress at bay, because it is a celebration after all! 

Don’t Start Right Away

Let's be honest, once you start wedding planning, you probably won’t stop. Our recommendation? Give yourself time to really soak up the engagement phase. Don’t set a date, pick a dress or make any plans! Just have a couple months of engagement bliss. 

Start Early and Stay Organized

One of the best ways to minimize stress is to start planning as early as possible. Create a detailed timeline that breaks down all the tasks you need to complete leading up to the wedding. Use a planner or a digital tool to keep track of appointments, deadlines, and to-do lists. Staying organized will help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

Set Realistic Expectations

It's easy to get caught up in the idea of a perfect wedding, but perfection is often unattainable. Set realistic expectations for what your wedding will look like and what you can accomplish within your budget and timeframe. Remember, the most important part of the day is the celebration of your love.

Delegate Tasks

You don't have to do everything yourself! Enlist the help of your partner, family, and friends. Delegating tasks can alleviate a significant amount of stress. Consider hiring a wedding planner or coordinator if your budget allows. Their expertise can be invaluable in managing the myriad details.

Take Breaks and Practice Self-Care

It’s crucial to take regular breaks from wedding planning to recharge. Long walks! Fresh air! Movie nights! Self-care is essential to maintain your mental and emotional well-being during this busy time.

Communicate with Your Partner

Not to sound like your therapist, but open and honest communication with your partner is key. Discuss your priorities, budget, and any concerns you have. Working as a team will help you feel supported and can strengthen your relationship as you navigate the planning process together.

Limit Social Media Exposure

While social media can be a great source of inspiration (especially our page, cough cough), it can also lead to unrealistic comparisons and added stress. Limit your time on social media platforms and focus on what makes your wedding special and unique to you and your partner.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Despite your best efforts, things might not go exactly as planned. Prepare for unexpected hiccups by having contingency plans in place. Whether it’s a backup venue in case of bad weather or extra time built into your schedule, being prepared can help you handle surprises with grace.

Seek Professional Help if Needed

If wedding planning becomes too overwhelming, consider seeking professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide strategies for managing stress and anxiety, ensuring you remain mentally healthy throughout the process.