You’ve started planning your dream wedding, the biggest day of your life is undeniably exciting but you’re overwhelmed with stress. Decisions, timelines, expectations, you have everything to manage, and everything is so important. It’s crucial you find moments of peace and calm between the chaos. Let’s take today and inventory some practical approaches to help you navigate the wedding planning process without the weight of overwhelm on your shoulders.
1. Begin with a Deep Breath
Before getting into the nitty gritty and the details of the details, be sure to center yourself and acknowledge that feeling of overwhelm. Balance yourself and acknowledge that feeling overwhelmed is a common part of the wedding planning process. Then set your intent by starting with a moment of mindfulness, you set the tone for a more balanced and intentional planning time.
2. Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
You have maybe already listed your priorities, but you may want to prioritize those priorities. Focus on just the pieces that matter most to you and your partner. Find yourself obsessing over something that you don’t need to know just yet? Prioritizing will help you assign your time and resources effectively
3. Make a step by step plan
Rather than facing a huge list and the entire planning process all at once, break it down into more manageable steps. Have a timeline in place and tackle just one thing at a time. Simplify things in your head as well as on paper, this will help with that all over feeling of overwhelm.
4. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
You can’t do it all and it’s time you take charge. When you delegate to your trusted family, friends or even a wedding coordinator/planner you set yourself up for success. Chances are these people are standing around eagerly waiting for you to allow them to help with something. Win! Win!
5. Focus on the feeling and mood
Love is a feeling, when you shift your mindset to that feeling you become in a better mood. Why should your wedding day be any different? Focus on the love and the connection that you want to feel during the moments of the day. Embrace the fact that there will be something that doesn’t go as perfectly planned, imperfections are a part of living. That is where your memories will shift to in 10, 20, 50 years down the road. You will most certainly not remember that one table that looked out of place with the off centered table piece.
6. Allow Pause for Self-Care and Reflection
You’re about to become a whole new person, but you are still going to be you. Prioritize yourself now and forever, it’s the single most important thing you can do for your mental health, and your relationship as a whole. A happy wife is a happy life, right? It can be as simple as going for a brisk walk, a quick yoga class or as elaborate as a full spa day. You get to choose.
7. Remember it’s your day
When it comes to unsolicited opinions, and requests made by anyone other than you or your partner will inevitably come. As much as you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, it’s not their day, it’s yours. Protect the day by only saying yes to things that actually matter for your and your partner.
Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of love, and the planning process should not reflect anything but, if it does, definitely start back at step one and get back to that euphoria that made you say yes in the first place. You’re going to be spending the rest of your life with your partner, this is just the beginning of your story, and you are still the author. Allow yourself the freedom and peace that you deserve for this time of joy.
Kristie Purner is a curator of love stories and dreamy wedding inspiration. Follow her for the latest wedding trends and timeless classics. #CraftingHappilyEverAfters