How to Avoid Wedding Planning Overwhelm: Practical Tips & Tricks
Even if you keep your wedding plans simple, you’re likely to feel some stress and anxiety at some point during the planning process. And if you tend to get easily stressed out, you may be more apt to feel overwhelmed. And while we can definitely assure you that everything will work out in the end, that knowledge doesn’t help much when you’re feeling stressed.
That’s why we put together this guide: to help you avoid getting overwhelmed when planning your wedding and reduce your anxiety about your to-do list!
Hire a professional planner
While a wedding planner isn’t in everyone’s budget, if you can afford to hire a pro, you definitely should. A wedding planner takes much of the stress of planning your big day off of you, from booking and confirming vendors to developing a timeline for your day. If you want to shorten your to-do list by a lot, consider hiring a professional planner to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Be realistic about your budget
When it comes to wedding planning, most couples underestimate what they’re going to spend. From flowers to photography to music to food, the cost of a wedding and reception can add up really quickly, and you may be surprised what something like professional floral arrangements can cost. Be sure to include some space in your budget for unexpected costs and small items like postage and paper products. The more wiggle room you have, the less stress you’ll feel when you start paying those deposits.
Be aware of what causes you stress
As you’re planning your wedding, take time to notice what situations cause you the most stress. Knowing what moments or topics cause an issue for you can help you either avoid them entirely or be better prepared for those times when they arise. This can even include traditional wedding moments like making a speech. It’s normal to have some nerves, but if even the idea of certain situations causes stress and anxiety, say no to tradition and skip them.
Make decisions and be clear about what you want
A great way to avoid stress is to be decisive. Know what you want and be open and honest about it to family members, your wedding party and especially your wedding planner if you have one. While you should always give thought to your decisions, especially the big ones, don’t spend too much time on smaller questions like invitation fonts or menu choices. Set a deadline for your decision, make a call and move on to the next thing on your list.
Avoid comparing your day to someone else’s
You’ve probably heard the saying “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and it’s true. When you compare your wedding day to someone else’s photos on Facebook or Instagram, you may feel that your day can’t begin to compare. Just remember that social media isn’t an accurate representation of reality, and every wedding—and wedding budget—is completely different. Cut yourself some slack and focus on having the wedding day that you and your partner want, instead of trying to live up to the standards of the people in your newsfeed.
Take breaks from planning
Self-care is more than just a buzzword—it’s necessary to help you limit stress and avoid overwhelm. And when you’re in the middle of wedding planning, taking care of yourself is incredibly important. As tempting as it can be to focus on your wedding all the time, be sure to take breaks to do something you enjoy, whether that’s watching a favorite movie, reading a book or playing a video game. Have days where you don’t answer wedding emails or call vendors and instead focus on the joy and anticipation you feel. After all, love is what your wedding day is really all about.
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