3 Ways to Conquer the Stress of Wedding Planning
Congratulations! You’re engaged!! Now that you’re over the shock, does the thought of planning your wedding send you running for the hills in a stress induced panic? With so many moving parts and so many things involved in planning a wedding it’s no wonder it can drive you to bouts of stress and panic... but it doesn’t have to! You’re planning your best day ever, the day you’ve dreamed about since you read your first fairy tale or love story.
1. Set Your Budget
Money…money, money, money! Setting a budget first and foremost will help reduce the stress of planning your wedding right from the start…this is an absolute must! This will save you stress and frustration from the beginning to the end of your wedding planning process. Sit down with all individuals contributing to your big day and discuss how much each will be contributing, then set aside specific amounts for each category of the wedding.
Now you’re wondering, how much do I budget for my dress? How much are flowers going to cost? Is the photographer I want to use completely out of my ballpark? We broke down the wedding budget for you!
Throughout the planning process, it’s important to check back in with your budget (very) frequently to ensure you are staying on track. Ensure that all individuals contributing are in the loop on where the finances are being spent. As much as possible, include everyone in the decision making. If your aunt is helping to fund your dress, invite her to your fitting and include her in your decision, this will make her feel special and equally excited about your selection! As stressful as it might be, you want everyone investing in your big day to feel as included as possible. At the end of the day, the decisions are yours, but it’s important for everyone to feel their opinion matters and is welcome.
A place for everything, everything in its place. Having every wedding detail in one place will be a lifesaver and a stress reliever throughout your planning process. Create a binder and label the tabs for each category of the wedding. Use the binder as a physical inspiration board for your big day by printing off pictures of what you want your big day to look like and filing it under the appropriate tab. Any final details, such as guest lists, wedding party details, menus, music playlists, etc. can all be filed under the corresponding tab as well. Use this binder to hold all of your wedding details! Don’t forget, as you receive and sign contracts, print them and file them away in your binder, this way you’re never searching frantically through your crowded inbox.
Perhaps you need help knowing what tabs to include and how to organize the binder? We’ve created an easy “what to include” template for you to follow as you create your dream wedding (binder)!
Your binder will come in handy on your wedding day as you hand it over to your wedding day coordinator (which is a necessity)! Everything is organized, complete and handy if the coordinator needs to refer to it.
Let’s face it, the week before your wedding the last thing you want to do is track down every detail of what you’ve planned over that last (give or take) year. Set yourself up for success from the get-go. Your binder can also be a place for inspiration. If you have an inspiration photo for your vision for the flowers, print a picture off and drop that photo in the floral tab. Bring this binder with you everywhere you go!
3. Date Your Fiancé
Love is still in the air! Wedding planning can and will be time consuming. Set aside at least one day a week or every other week to go on a date with your fiancé. Vow not to talk about the wedding or wedding planning, but rather, use this time to talk with your fiancé about your future, what you’re excited for, dreams you have for your future family, anything fun and exciting to get your mind completely off wedding planning. You will find yourself refreshed and renewed after spending intentional time with each other and be excited when the planning resumes (after the date of course).
If the planning process starts consuming every moment, your stress levels are sure to rise and send you running for the hills in a stress induced panic. Set aside “no wedding planning time” and promise to stick to it… you will be so glad you did!
Wedding planning is a special time in your life! If you are prepared, you can reduce the stress that threatens to rob you of the joy contained in the process. Always remember that you are planning a celebration of the love you and your fiancé share, let that be your focus! Using these tips will allow you to conquer the stress of wedding planning and instead of running to the hills in a stressed induced panic, you will be sailing into your new future and walking down the aisle to the love of your life.
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