Whether you’re getting stressed about the dress or your budget spilling over, wedding planning is never a smooth ride. Every couple struggles with the pressure of planning such a huge, life-changing moment. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something to lower your anxiety levels. To help you out, we’ve got together some top tips for dealing with the all-too-familiar planning panic.
Your bridesmaids aren’t just meant to stand around looking beautiful - which of course they will! If you’re struggling for inspiration or desperately need some help, your bridal party can be a welcome source of relief to get through the rough patches. Your bridesmaids are the girls who know you best, so putting your trust in them will ease your planning anxiety tenfold. After all, what would a bride be without her bridesmaids?
Have a break
Everybody needs to take their foot off the pedal now and again. Breaks help us recuperate and lower our stress levels. A couple of days spent cosying up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate is just the ticket when you’re stressed about the wedding. Don’t feel guilty about it either - taking a break is good for your mental health and, in the long run, better for your wedding planning.
Organisation is key when it comes to wedding planning. You can’t expect to keep everything clear when it’s all muddled up in your head. Invest in some planning pads and make a list of dates you want to get things done by. Whether that’s picking out your dress or choosing a venue, a clear path forward makes things much less stressful.
There’s no shame in being a control freak - but when it comes to weddings, a change in tact might be in order. We suggest delegating different stages of the planning process to your close friends and family in order to take some of the weight off your shoulders. Whether you leave your sister to organise the lighting or your best friend to scout out some catering companies, delegation is the key part of any successful wedding.
Being indecisive with those big decisions is one of the key sources of stress for any bride. Your choices don’t have to be quick, but if you leave them too long you’ll be piling unnecessary pressure onto yourself. Your wedding is all about commitment, so make a decision and stick by it. Whether it’s something as big as your venue or as small as the cake, being decisive will make the planning process a lot less stressful.
Feeling anxious about your wedding is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unbearable. Stay level-headed, take some well-earned breaks and hand over duties to your bridesmaid to keep your planning process enjoyable.