Stress-Less and Plan Your Wedding With Finesse

image001Although you’ve been planning your big day since age 6, the task becomes a heck of a lot more daunting when it actually arrives. Between uncooperative bridesmaids, overeager moms and aunts, and the fact that you just can’t seem to find that right shade of cerulean for your gift bags, your stress meter is maxed out! First of all, exhale. Whooo. Ok, good. Now take a look at these tips to help you plan your wedding with finesse instead of stress.

 

Meditate

Take a moment to clear your mind of all of your worries and just focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Sit in a quiet part of your home and focus on taking deep breaths, write down your thoughts in a journal, take a bath – anything that gives you calming time to yourself to clear your mind and reflect.

 

Get Physical

Although you’re busy, don’t let your workout routine fall to the wayside, as it can be a huge outlet to relieve wedding planning stress. Exercise relieves those bottled up emotions, improves your mood and gives you energy to tackle wedding tasks.

 

Stay Focused on What’s Important

There are hundreds of details to attend to when planning a wedding, but keep the bigger picture in mind. It’s unlikely that your guests will come up to you at the end of the night and say, “I absolutely loved the design on the handle of my fork, it made this wedding unforgettable.”

The feeling of love shared between you and your fiancée on your big day is the memory that will last, not the pattern on the silverware. Spend some quality time with your spouse-to-be, or whatever it is you need to do to remind you why you’re going through this in the first place!

 

Designate a Wedding Day Contact

Give someone the authority to make last-minute decisions. Even if you have a maid of honor, make sure that you have explicitly communicated this authority. Issues with the caterer or seating arrangement 30 minutes before the ceremony should be the last thing you’re worrying about on your big day.

 

Take Care of Yourself

In the pursuit of an unforgettable day, don’t ignore your own needs. Make sure that you’re still eating well, getting enough sleep and most importantly doing the things that you enjoy and that make you happy.

 

Your life is not a movie…

… and neither is your wedding. Be realistic.

 

These tips won’t alleviate all your stress, but they will help; and when you’re planning a wedding, all you need is some really good help. Think of us as your virtual bridesmaid J.

 

Don’t know where to start? Still need more ideas? Bridal showcases are a great place to start your wedding planning; luckily, they occur year round. The next showcase, The Washington Wedding Experience, will be at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA on Sunday, April 13th. For more information, click here!

 

 

Guest Blogger:

Halley Henry, Communications Intern

Mental Health Association of Montgomery County

 

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