Weddings are extremely stressful; not only do you have to plan a series of events, hunt for venues, look for caterers, go outfit shopping, and make an invitation list that is approved by your parents, you have to do all of this while balancing your 9-5 and your home life. Hiring a wedding planner does take away a lot of these tasks, but you still have to be involved in the decision-making process.
Weddings signify the beginning of a new part of your life, you would definitely not want to go into this with stress weighing down your brows. Do not worry, we are here to help you with some ways to manage the deadly wedding stress.
A wedding checklist is bound to seem endless and can get overwhelming. One way to avoid this is prioritising; make a list of tasks that are absolutely essential to the wedding and complete those first; everything else comes after. For example, you need to find a caterer first, not design your menu and then search for a caterer. Your stress will be much less when you look at the tick marks on the essential tasks.
We know weddings are an extremely personal affair, but there is no shame in asking for help. Delegating tasks to your trusted family members and friends will help you take off some of that burden. You can give tasks to people based on their skill set. For example, if you have a friend or family member who is into art or graphic designing, they can take up the design for the invitation, and if you have someone who has a great aesthetic sense then they can take up decor ideating and shortlisting.
Create plan Bs
Many things are out of your hand, the weather, for instance. Untimely rain on your wedding day can be stressful, even more so if you have an outdoor wedding. Thus, make sure to have a plan B during your wedding planning process like having a waterproof tent so that you will not be stressed out or unprepared.
Don’t compare your wedding to others
Comparison does not bring joy, it only brings stress. Looking at weddings on Instagram and Pinterest is a great way to get inspiration for your wedding but it can also make you feel like your wedding is not aesthetic enough or beautiful enough, and thus drives you to go an extra mile to recreate these weddings down to the tiniest details. Remember, this is not healthy. It will only cause you stress. Take a few days off the Internet as these tools are here to help you, not make you feel bad about yourself. You are perfect the way you are and the wedding of your dreams cannot come at the expense of your mental health.
Take some time out to take care of yourself
One of the best ways to manage wedding stress is to spend a few days or hours away from it. Go for a small comforting holiday, or have a spa day to immerse yourself in self-care. If you don’t have that kind of time, then go for a walk or on a date with your significant other, and not discuss the wedding. Taking time away from the planning process will help freshen your mind and provide you with a well-rested mindset before you dive into wedding planning again.
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