I’m back home (again!) and preparing for another wedding: my younger sister, Katy’s. This girl is finishing up her clinicals (which has her commuting over an hour each way!), moving to a new state with her very-soon-to-be husband, writing an essay for school…. and planning a wedding. She’s stressed out, and it’s absolutely understandable. Any one of those things can be a pretty huge bummer, and all of them together makes for a bit of craziness.
That’s the thing, guys. Weddings? They’re mucho stressful. They are financially, emotionally and psychologically stressful, and they don’t ever take into account that you have a real life outside of wedding planning (which you do!).
There are a ton of ways to avoid this stress. Planning early and sporadically helps, but for those of you who only have a short time to plan (like my sister and her groom!), that’s not much of an option. So, here are a handful of tips to help make the planning process a little bit less stressful.
1. Hit the gym. Not only will you thank yourself for the extra health boost, but you’ll also be able to burn off some of the extra energy and anxiety that comes with the wedding territory.
2. Write it out. I use this blog to vent my frustrations, but anything will do. Get yourself a private journal and just let it out.
3. Take some time for yourself. Whether you take up a calming hobby (like knitting or painting), spoil yourself with a spa treatment or just veg out in front of the television for a little while, remember to give yourself a break. And on that same topic…
4. Enjoy being engaged. This is a short period of time that you get to take advantage of, so embrace it. Spend time with your fiance that doesn’t have anything at all to do with planning a wedding. (Check out my date ideas for some inspiration!)
5. Ask for help. If there are certain aspects of planning that freak you out or don’t interest you at all, lean on a friend or family member to help. They want to be a part of your big day, and (as long as you’re kind and grateful) would be positively thrilled to assist you.
What are some ways that you’re avoiding the stress factor in wedding planning?