Whether you’re just starting to plan your wedding or in the final few weeks before the big day it’s likely that wedding stress has gotten the best of you. With so much pressure for everything to be perfect it’s easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of what that day is really about: you and your hubby-to-be starting a wonderful new adventure together!
As my wedding day draws near here are five things that have helped keep me sane:
- Making time for YOU. Between jobs, errands and wedding planning I know that finding time for yourself can be difficult, but it’s so necessary! At least once a week make it a point to spend some time alone. Get your eyebrows done, take a walk, read a book. Just do something to clear your head and relax. Even 15 minutes of solo-time will help you de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate yourself for the tasks at hand.
- Get your sweat on. Seriously. Besides helping you look great on your wedding day, exercising offers positive emotional and psychological effects. So go to yoga, squeeze in a bridal bootcamp class on your lunch break or go for a run after work. These sweat sessions will produce uplifting endorphins and help to decrease your stress levels.
- Don’t “re-inventing the wheel”. Have you been to a wedding where the DJ totally rocked or the food blew your mind? Reach out to the bride and groom and ask them for contact info for their vendors! There is no point in shopping five different DJs if you already know that the DJ from Bobby and Sarah’s wedding had everyone on the dance floor. Rely on the knowledge of others who have been in your shoes and start crossing things off your to-do list.
- Take people up on their offers to help. At this point you’ve realized that there is no way that you can do it all yourself, regardless of how organized you may be. People want to feel involved in the planning and preparations, so let them! Enlist friends and relatives to help package favors, usher guests to their seats or run last minute errands. They will feel included and you will have more time to take in the moment and “be present” for the big event.
- Spend time with your fiancé. Dedicate a whole weekend to spending time together and reminding yourself why you’re getting married in the first place. Declare it a no-wedding talk weekend. Trust me, seating charts and playlists will be waiting for you when you get back! Visit your favorite restaurants, see that movie you’ve been dying to see, try something new, and flirt with your partner like you did on your first date. The options are endless and I promise you won’t regret it!
While the planning process can be stressful remind yourself that a wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you’re married to the one that you love, then everything went perfectly!
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Whitney Haggerson is a California native who is learning to love the Pacific Northwest in all its fleece-y glory. She is on a quest to learn to love exercise rather than doing so as a means of offsetting her peanut butter addiction. Whitney works as an Internal Consultant for LifeWise and lives in Green Lake with her soon-to-be husband and their chocolate Lab.