Wedding season may have come and gone, but there are plenty of brides out there planning a wedding. However, some of you brides may be getting caught up with wedding insanity. What’s this wedding insanity you say? You know! It’s the storm in the midst of planning your perfect wedding. It’s the moments you feel like you’re going to cry or kill someone…..
All joking aside, wedding insanity is real and it’s stressful. You’re surrounded by endless Pinterest boards, wedding magazines, and questions left and right about all the little details. You find your self stressing about why the vendor you booked doesn’t have the exact magenta color you want in linen. Or why no one else seems to be helping out in the process. So brides, let’s get a reality check here and take steps to ensure that your mind and body are doing well during this stressful time.
1. Put Away The Electronics and Magazines
Ladies and gents, figure out your own desires for the wedding and stop with the inspiration overload. It’s good to have one or two sources. But having hundreds of magazines and following too many wedding industry pinners, instagramers, or blogs will ultimately make you miserable. Why? Because weather you realize it or not, you are overloading on information. Processing all those photos, ideas, and inspiration is tough work. Translating that to your wedding dreams? Even harder. Unless you are a budget-less and have someone to help you out with planning, then limit the time you spend looking for inspiration. You have a life outside of this wedding – remember that. And at the end of the day, your wedding is YOUR personality, not the industry’s.
2. Focus On Staying Healthy
Drink your daily 8 glasses of water. Eat a balanced diet, and remember to exercise I’m not saying this to help you fit into that dress. That is not the objective here. The objective is being healthy for YOU, not for your wedding. I have seen so many articles about how to keep healthy for your wedding. The truth is, you should be keeping healthy everyday, not just leading up to an event. Why brother if it’s not wedding related? Because you’re doing it for you and no one else. Studies show that a balanced diet, enough water, and staying fit helps you keep stress levels to a minimum. Do yourself a favor and be healthy.
3. Date Your Significant Other
You may be engaged, but the dating does not stop there, nor will it stop once your married. Take a break from planning a wedding and remember why you are marrying the person in the first place. Planning can be a strain on the relationship if that’s all you ever do. Go out on dates every now and then. It’s ok to talk about wedding details but remember to have fun and don’t overwhelm each other with the upcoming nuptials. I’m sure you both are stressed enough as is. Take a mini vacation together and help each other relax! Plan spa nights or get massages. Go out for a local adventure to somewhere you’ve both never been. Just enjoy each others company without thinking too much about what color ink the invites need to be.
4. Ask For Help
Ask people to help you de-stress by taking some of the planning load off your shoulders. Do you have a friend thats great with organizing? Is your future mother in law a florist? Ask for help and you shall receive. As the wedding draws nearer, you will inevitably have tons of things to do. Why add additional stress when someone near and dear to you will most likely be more than happy to help! You can’t do it all on your own….well you can….but you’ll be very tired most of the time.
5. Get Sleep
Speaking of being tired… Getting that shut eye is important, not only for your body but for your mind. Don’t stay up too late and make sure you are managing your time well. I’m sure your significant other will also appreciate you being healthy and happy. Endless nights up or out are not your friend when planning a wedding.
6. Manage Your Time Well
Keep a planner with you at all times. When booking appointments or vendors, you will feel less stressed and calm when you pencil that appointment in. Planners also ensure that you don’t double book appointments! Use your planner to manage “wedding planning time” for specific days of the week. Write 5PM- 7PM if you have to! Setting a specific time to work on planning will help you keep your sanity. Set your timer and work. Once that timer goes off you know it’s time to put the wedding binder away and get back to your normal routine (which should be as stress free as possible). If you know that school assignments, birthday’s, other wedding’s, or work will be packed – make sure you plan your “wedding time” during less stressful periods.