Getting engaged is so exciting – the dress shopping, celebrating with friends and family, daydreaming of that amazing day. But planning a wedding can be a stressful endeavor. We all want stress-free days, but how do we even begin to accomplish that? Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure that your day is perfect and STRESS-FREE.
1. Make it personal!
How many times have you been to a wedding where you can tell that the couple getting married was not the biggest influence in the majority of the decisions? It happens so often that the other voices involved in wedding planning (parents, in-laws, even friends) can override the ideas that you and your fiancé have. Your wedding should represent YOU. If you aren’t happy about the decision, you should change it. Those roses your mother wants to adorn the altar with but you specifically said you didn’t want? Gone. It is YOUR day, after all. So make sure that all of the details that you decide on fit what you truly want. When you love the details and decisions, you will feel far less stress.
2. Do not DIY everything.
Seriously. It may be tempting to make a whole list of Pinterest DIY activities for you and your fiancé to do over the next however many months, but the list can become overwhelming and LONG. Before you know it, you’re swimming in ribbons and stamps and mason jars and glitter and deadlines. If you truly want to DIY, pick two or three elements that you are most passionate about and work on those. Because you’re able to be more focused on a smaller number of things, the ones you do work on will turn out better and shine on your big day. You'll still be leaving your personal touch on your day, and all of your guests will feel that.
Planning a wedding is a big undertaking. And as tempting as it is to try and do it all yourself, it’s not worth the stress. Make a list of your top priorities and have your fiancé do the same. I knew that my top priority was photography (surprise, surprise) and my husband’s top priority was music. I totally let him run wild and figure out all of the music, and he found someone phenomenal! And I didn’t have to do it myself! If there are tasks that you are willing to give to other people, do it.
4. Have fun!
It’s easy to let wedding planning consume you, but it’s important to keep in mind that it should also be fun. Of course there are going to be stressful moments, but the majority of it should be enjoyable. If you get too stressed out or it becomes too much, take a break. Go to dinner and a movie with your fiancé, plan a weekend getaway, or simply watch a show that always makes you laugh. Once you have taken a break, you’ll be able to come back to planning with fresh eyes and a new perspective.
Planning a wedding can be stressful; there’s no doubt about it. But if you keep these tips in mind, your big day will be a breeze to plan! Maybe you'll even have time for a snow cone on your wedding day...