As with any life-changing moments, weddings are deemed to be extremely stressful, with the chaos starting right after saying “yes” to the proposal. Even though they have help and support during the whole wedding planning process from professional wedding planners like us, it is sometimes inevitable for the bride-to-be to avoid burn-outs after months and months of intense stress.
We have compiled a list of small but powerful ways of dealing with wedding stress. Brides, read on.
Take it slowly but surely.
With wedding planning, the key is to maximize the length of time given, the longer you have to plan everything, the better. Do tasks a day at a time, with each job grouped together to be tackled by the month. Being able to focus on one aspect at a time optimizes your attention and makes careless mistakes kept to a minimum. Fewer mistakes, fewer worries.
Breathers are a must.
It is okay to take a break, and it is a definite necessity for the bride to stay sane until the wedding day itself. Why not make it mandatory and assign a specific day or weekend each month? Have a no-wedding weekend – spend it with your fiancé on a movie night or dinner date. Next month’s no-wedding weekend would then be brunch with your girlfriends or even a simple day spent indoors, binge-watching Netflix or baking cupcakes. Keep your binder closed and your phone muted all weekend long, no wedding talk or messaging allowed at all times.
Call in the happy hormones.
Establish an exercise routine and stick to it, every day if possible. As Elle Woods would put it, exercise increases endorphins which equates to your happy hormones. It may be as simple as a 20-minute jog around the block or a couple of quick laps around the pool, but it is perfect to maintain your figure and great to combat fatigue as well.
Gather the reinforcements.
The wedding is all about the bride, but it doesn’t mean that you have to carry the entire burden all alone. Get the help of your siblings, your parents, your partner’s family, and, of course, your bridesmaids. Want to open up to the bridesmaids but too scared to be labeled as a bridezilla? Don’t overthink it, they are as excited for you as you are and they are happy to support you in whatever way they can. Don’t be scared to tell everyone involved, including us wedding planners, that you are feeling overwhelmed. The last thing we all want is an exhausted, unhappy bride falling asleep as she walks down the aisle, what an unbearable sight!
Right before the wedding day, schedule a spa appointment for yourself. Well-deserved “me” time is what you might need to get all of the tension away before marching down the aisle, especially as the planning becomes such a whirlwind of people, events, and emotions. Get a small time out for yourself and after a day of body massages and facial scrubs, you’ll definitely feel brand new again. Take note not to try out any new skin treatment or experiment with chemical peels, especially with the wedding day just around the corner.
The final draw.
When everything doesn’t work out fine and you feel like the walls are crashing in, remember to take a step back and take a look at the bigger picture. This is your wedding day, a memorable occasion for you and your beloved soon-to-be husband. No matter the color of the boutonnieres, no matter the material used for the tablecloths, and no matter the wedding cake’s flavor – the only thing that really matters is that you are marrying the love of your life and that is reason enough to be happy. These minute details are important for the wedding day, but they aren’t what the wedding day is all about. Even if there are no flowers, no wedding favors, and no photo booth, the wedding will still carry on with only the bride, the groom, and their everlasting love.