You’re enjoying an evening with your significant other, your person, your one and only, and suddenly it happens. They get down on one knee and pop the question. It’s such a special moment – the moment where your significant other turns into the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. There are phone calls to make, social media posts to write, and, of course, an entire wedding to plan!
It’s ok, though, because you’ve had a secret wedding Pinterest board since date 3. This will be easy.
Until it’s not. There are a lot of decisions – hard decisions – to be made when planning a wedding. Where to hold the ceremony? Do you get a band or a DJ? Do you include children? And then there’s the tough love that comes with slashing a guest list. This kind of major life event is a lot for just two shoulders. So here are a few surprising tips to help keep your wedding planning as stress-free as possible.
Hire a Professional Planner
Many of the phone calls and arrangements that need to be made can be placed in the hands of a trusted wedding planner. Seriously, there’s no need to spend your lunch hours on the phone with caterers, florists, and photographers. Make your picks and let someone else handle the rest. If you can’t decide, then they’ll help you prioritizeand pick. Prioritizing is half the battle. Plus, having a pro on-site for the big day can lead to so much peace of mind. It will allow you to focus on what matters – saying “I do” to the one you love.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
It can’t be said enough – a good night’s sleep is crucial no matter what’s going on in your life. It’s proven that a lack of sleep can cause weight gain, irritability, and even lowers your immune systemmaking it easier for your body to get sick and stay sick. None of that sounds like an ideal bridal scenario, right? If the wedding excitement is too much for you to drift off to dream land, there are a few things you can try. Add some meditation and stretching to your bed time routine, dab your pillow with some essential oils, or even try some of these insomnia fighting cookieswith some warm milk.
Hit the Gym
Yes, you’re probably already #SweatingForTheWedding, but try not to let the workout become part of the wedding stress. If you focus on the workouts and not the dress, you’ll see a decrease in your stress levels. It’s proventhat regular exercise increases endorphins – the happy hormone – and can help distract from your daily stresses. Use that hour of activity to focus on the amazing things your body can do rather than envisioning the dress you’re stressed about.
Ask for Help
You are not a bridezilla if you ask your friends for help. Your bridal party is meant to be your army of support. Let them help. Most of the time, they’re already asking what they can do. Delegate a few errands to them. Lean on them to help plan things like the bachelorette party and wedding shower. A few favors here and there will take some weight off your shoulders and let them be a bigger part of your special day.
This is a beautiful and exciting time in your life, but that excitement can turn to stress very easily. Don’t get caught up in the details so much that you lose sight of the most important thing – you’re marrying the love of your life. Keep it all in perspectivewith these few tips and have a stress-free wedding planning process.