Wedding planning is, without a doubt, the most stressful experience I’ve ever had. It’s difficult to try to plan any event, but to try to plan one of the most important days of your life? That’s on an entirely different level. For us, the countdown is officially on. We’re less than three weeks from the big day, and we’re both starting to feel the pressure.
With the stress of wedding planning come some other not so pleasant side effects: stress can cause your face to break out, it can keep you from sleeping (if you’re anything like me, that’s a BIG problem) and you could even notice that your immune system is compromised, which means you might even end up SICK on your wedding day. Take it from the girl who spent an hour last weekend sitting on the floor of her childhood bedroom, crying because her photographer cancelled and she had no backup plan: you can’t let yourself get too stressed out.
It’s important to remember that at the end of the day, providing there aren’t any extreme extenuating circumstances and you haven’t become the beast that people affectionately refer to as “Bridezilla”, you’re going to be married. No matter what happens, rain or shine, at the end of the day, you get to be married to the love of your life. That is the number one, most important, most amazing part of your wedding day.
But, because that is WAY easier said than done, here are some handy tips on dealing with the inevitable stress that comes hand in hand with planning your wedding:
· Stress relieving body lotion is magical. I swear by the stuff.
· Schedule some time with your friends to relax. My maid of honor and I get together once a week to watch trashy reality television shows and use face masks.
· EAT. I understand that dieting for your wedding is important, but it’s okay to slip yourself some chocolate every now and then. If you’re stressing over the wedding, you’ll be stressing twice as hard without some food in your stomach.
· Stop micromanaging. I know that every vendor seems like the most important vendor and it seems as though you need to look over their shoulders every step of the way, but give them some space. They’re going to do a great job, and you’re going to save yourself (and them) a lot of headaches if you let them do your jobs and you focus on yours: being the bride.
· Don’t ignore your fiancé. Make some time to be together and keep the topic of the wedding off limits during that time. Be together, and make sure your wedding isn’t the only thing that you guys have in common right now. If all of your conversations are nothing but you telling him what you need him to accomplish, you’re both going to go crazy.
· Keep a journal and write down your stresses and keep yourself from exploding all over the first person that makes you mad.
I know I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll keep saying it until the end of time, but the most important part of your wedding day is the part where you end up married to an amazing man who loves you more than anything in this world. And with that in mind, the least you can do is try to keep your stress to a minimum. The countdown to the wedding is on, let’s try to keep the stress off.