Whether you had two years to plan or just two months, planning a wedding can get stressful. So here are four of our top tips on how to prevent wedding planning stress:
1. Let the engagement sink it!
Once you get that beautiful rock on your finger, don't plan just yet. Yes, all of your family and friends are going to ask "When is the big day?" and "Where are you going to tie the knot?" but let all of this fly right past you and don't let it make you anxious. For at least a week, sit back and just enjoy this happy time in your life. And then you can jump right into planning after that :)
2. Set your wedding date a week before it actually is...
Confused by this? Probably. But I'll explain.
After you've had that week of down time after your engagement, we suggest you jump right into planning. Get your vendors booked, get the DIY crafts done and don't wait "because you have so much time." Why? Because it is always better to be done and ready to go and to be able to enjoy the duration of your engagement!
So no matter what you do, leave AT LEAST a week before the wedding to do nothing except sit back, relax, and enjoy this time in your life! And if you think this is not going to be possible, set your wedding planning timeline and wedding date in your calendar a week before the wedding day actually is. And that way, you'll have no choice but to be done a week early.
3. Date your partner...and throw out the wedding talk.
Now more than ever before, it is important to continue those date nights with your fiance. And that doesn't mean going out for a glass of wine to go through the wedding budget. This means a date night - just the two of you with no wedding talk. After the wedding, dating will become an imperative part of your marriage in order to keep that spark alive and guess what? There won't be any wedding to talk about any more.
So go out, have fun, and forget about the wedding every once in a while.
4. Remember that there are no rules when it comes to weddings.
You may have been told that you "have to host the bar" or that "you need to have wedding favors" but when it comes to weddings, there are no have-to's or musts. You can have your wedding however you want it and believe me, there is probably someone else who has done it that way before too...so you're not alone.
Do what you want, stick to your budget, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Just smile, nod, and let the unwanted advice fly in one ear and out the other. Because it's your wedding day and if it's just how you like it, then it's exactly the way your wedding should be!