10 Ways To Decrease Stress While Planning A Wedding
Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful
times in any bride's life but it doesn't have to be.
With a few tips on how to decrease your stress you can
make planning your wedding a joy. Remember you can only
control what you can control. If you recognize this
one fact then these tips will be easy to follow and
will prevent the development of a bridezilla.
1. The first most important tip is to learn to pick
your battles. You will have to determine what elements
are important to you regarding the wedding and go ahead
and be firm on your preferences with these; however,
you can't decided that every little detail is the most
important element if you want to decrease your stress
level. If you are passionate about the wedding and honeymoon
locations make those happen, but maybe compromise in
other areas such as the flowers or invitations.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to plan. Trying to
plan an elaborate wedding in six weeks is not only a
crazy idea but stress provoking. Again, pick your battle.
Which is more important the elaborate wedding or getting
married in six weeks. Based on which you choose, plan
accordingly with either more time or a simpler wedding.
3. Enlist help from others. This one is particularly
difficult for the control freak bride. We feel like
we know exactly what we want and that no one on the
face of the earth can do it like we can so we may as
well do it ourselves. Wrong! Did you know that one of
the consistent characteristics among top leaders in
the world is that they surround themselves with strong
people to help them? You can do that as well. Just pick
people you know you can trust and that will accept guidance
from you. Notice I said guidance and not bossing. Make
your desires known and then let them do their work.
If you try to control them, then you are not only trying
to plan a wedding but also trying to manage a group
of people stressful!
4. Always have back up plans. When you sit down to
plan out your ideal wedding in your head, think of secondary
choices for things as often as you can. That way if
you get a phone call that the invitations you want are
on back order and won't be ready in time it doesn't
faze you. You go to plan B and move on to the next item
on the to-do list.
5. Save money for the wedding. This one is a bit difficult
to do because many of us don't start saving for our
wedding long before the engagement. If you have sufficient
funds for the wedding you want it can really decrease
your stress. If you don't have the funds already saved
and the wedding date has been set, consider getting
an extra part-time job, having a garage sale, utilizing
ebay for your spring cleaning, or doing something creative
for some extra money. This will help cushion the wedding
fund and decrease your stress level when picking out
things you really want that may be more than you originally
6. Look for package deals. Many wedding sites now offer
package deals that include the food and drinks, flowers,
reception site, decorations, and a wedding coordinator
for use at the rehearsal. Even though this is a package
deal there is often the ability to customize based on
your preference for services they offer. This option
can decrease planning time and therefore stress, but
can be more expensive.
7. Opt for a destination wedding. Often destination
weddings offer package deals as well and the planning
on the bride and groom's part is very minimal.
8. Remember there is no such thing as perfect. I once
heard someone say that what separates the millionaires
from the non-millionaires is that they anticipate things
will go wrong. Because they already know that on occasion
things may not go exactly as planned they don't get
discouraged or give up when they do, thus leading them
to become millionaires. If more things go right then
go wrong it is technically a winning situation at least
when it comes to money.
9. If you absolutely cannot take the stress and you
really just can't manage the previous tips then consider
eloping. There is very little planning involved in eloping
if you go with a very simple arrangement.
10. Lastly, remember to stop often and look at the
big picture. The entire reason you are even planning
a wedding is to join two lives together forever. You
plan to marry your best friend, your sole mate, your
No matter what things possibly go wrong, at the end
of the wedding you will be married. That is the ultimate
goal and as long as you keep your eyes on the prize
everything else is just details.
And for those of you that require additional convincing
that you should not allow yourself to get stressed out
while planning your magical day here is one last attempt.
When your stress levels increase you release stress
hormones. These hormones can cause you to feel less
then your best, decrease your immune system's ability
to fight off illness, and worst of all can show in your
face as a less than perfect complexion. That, my friend,
should be enough because I know every bride wants to
look like a princess on her wedding day.
Robert Chuck writes for http://www.spreadtheknow.com
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