9 tips for managing wedding planning stress

Planning a wedding can lead to all sorts of stress and anxiety.

Here’s how to get your perspective back and enjoy your big day.  

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Banish wedding comparison syndrome

Don’t lose yourself in other people’s opinions. So what if your best pal got married last year with double your budget or you’ve read your theme is apparently now passé, have confidence in the choices you make. Your wedding will reflect who you are.

Avoid guest stress

So many brides stress about their guests enjoying themselves. Think about it though – have you ever been to a wedding that you didn’t enjoy? Ok, so there have probably been a few where you could have done with some extra canapés while waiting for the meal. But ultimately, the atmosphere of the day is infectious.

Even if you don’t go to the trouble of organising magicians or acrobats or a one man band in an effort to keep your guests mesmerised all day, trust us: they’ll have an absolute blast.

 

Take out insurance

If you’re a bit of a worrier who tends to fret about the worst thing happening in every situation, then wedding insurance is an excellent idea.

It can cover a whole host of calamities, including loss or damage to wedding attire and failure of wedding suppliers. Disaster stories are few and far between, but that extra protection will prove a comfort.

 

Choose comfort and style

Rather than worrying about specific details, see the larger picture. In your head, the most beautiful to-die-for shoes you’ve even seen in your life are show-stopping… but no good if you are unable to walk in them on the day. Think on practical terms.

 

Ask for help

There’s no escaping the fact that you and your other half will have a pile of wedding administration to get through. It may not be the most exciting wedding task, but you can make it fun by asking your other half or an obliging bridesmaid to help!

Stick on some good tunes and have some tasty snacks to hand. Leave the wine until afterwards as a celebratory treat, unless you want to post a scrawled invitation to your parents addressed to Mrs Mum.

 

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Have perspective

Yes, it’s your wedding day.Yes, it’s one of the most important days of your life. But remember, getting married isn’t all about the perfect shade of peonies or indoor fireworks blasting off while you cut your custom-designed cake.

Getting married is about the joining of two people; two people who love each other so much that they want to dedicate their lives to one another. Try to keep that thought at the forefront of your mind when you find yourself getting stressed out by the colour of ribbon.

 

Set aside quality time

Don’t let wedding chat take over! It’s important not to let the W-word become the only thing you and your other half talk (or worse, argue) about.

Set aside quality time when all things relating to your special day are strictly off limits and you can just enjoy each other’s company. After all, you’ll need something to talk about once the wedding’s over…

 

Stay healthy

So many brides and grooms-to-be feel extra pressure to lose weight and get in shape ahead of their wedding day.

Our advice? Be sensible. If you want to lose weight, make it an achievable goal; one that you can reach without completely overhauling your lifestyle, and that won’t require you having your dress altered every month.

Up your fitness game, eat healthily, and don’t deprive yourself completely. Life’s too short.

 

Stick to your budget

Your wedding provides the perfect opportunity to make your wildest dreams come true. But once the day is over and the confetti’s settled, the last thing you want to be left with is a mountain of debt.

Deciding on a budget from the outset and prioritising your wedding spends will save you a lot of headaches further down the line. Figure out how much you and your partner can comfortably save each month, factor in any family contributions, and work out how long you’re willing to wait to tie the knot.

Creating an excel spreadsheet or downloading an app is a great way to keep on top of costs.

 

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