Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart. Weddings are elaborate events that require precision, attention to detail and patience, lots of patience! And the great majority of you won't hire a wedding planner, which means all of that patience and logistical work is coming from you and your partner. No wonder you're stressed!
From trying to keep your budget to all the questions you're being asked, you're probably even more stressed than you had anticipated! To help you tackle your stress, we've compiled our favorite stress relievers from tips on staying organized to budget friendly date night ideas and everywhere in between. Just remember you are in total control over how you react to all the stressors that come your way. You've got this wedding planning thing, girl!
Planning a wedding involves so many details, as we're sure you're quickly finding out! Your ability to keep track of all these details is going to significantly impact your stress levels. Lucky for you, there are numerous checklists, budget trackers and virtual wedding registries to help you stay organized! Of course, if shuffling all of those details is not something you're into or you simply don't have the time, hire a wedding planner coordinate all of the specifics. If you're having trouble hiring someone just to offset your stress, wedding planners are fantastic at helping you stick to your budget and get the most for your money. Additionally, they can often get vendor discounts since they are repeat customers where couples are not.
Delegate, delegate, delegate
Planning you and your fiancé's wedding day is not solely your job. You may have thought about this day for awhile now and even have a Pinterest board devoted to it, but that doesn't mean you can't ask friends and family for help! If you have envelopes to address or bows to tie onto favors, get them involved and take a few things off your own plate. When it comes to your vendors, you are only responsible for explaining your vision (use pictures and swatches to really help them see), and of course, make sure you hire GOOD vendors! If you've hired good ones, then there will be no reason to micromanage them. Just let them do the job you've hired them for and trust them to do what they said they would.
Eat yummy superfoods
We know developing a meal plan is the last thing on your to do list, so we've linked a few stress-fighting snacks with recipes linked and superfoods listed! Some of these superfoods work with your body to naturally release feel-good chemicals that directly combats stress hormones, to give you the chillest vibes. While, others help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels to keep you from crashing!
Toasted Oats: oatmeal + berries + flax seed
Sweet & Salty Trail Mix: dark chocolate + cashews + dried blueberries + pumpkin seeds
Turkey Avocado Salad: turkey breast + leafy greens + avocado
Move your body
But really it's that simple. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're doing something. It can be as simple as doing squats while you're cooking dinner or taking the stairs at work. Maybe you could even join a workout class or start taking your dog for a jog, whatever matches with your lifestyle best. As long as you are moving your body, you will reap the benefits of natural endorphins to keep those prewedding stressors at bay!
Spend some QT with your cutie
Your relationship shouldn't take a back burner to your wedding, so make sure to plan a few romantic dates during the process. Do things that you and your partner enjoy, maybe attend a sporting event, explore a new area of the city or hike a new trail. If you feel like your wedding budget has taken over your date night fund, google free things to do in your city or try out a new workout class together (usually it's cheaper, if not free for first timers). Whatever you end up doing just remember to continue pouring into your partner and spend quality time together and to love them well.
When the pressure of wedding planning gets to be too much remember the big picture. The wedding you're planning is to celebrate the start of you and your fiancé's marriage! It's a wonderful thing to celebrate, but the most important thing is planning your marriage. Even more important than cake flavors and guest lists and what gifts to put on your registry is planning the day after the honeymoon and beyond.
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