• Cristina Mantua

8 Simple Tips to Help Take the Stress Out of Planning a Wedding

1. Learn to say no

Planning a wedding is exciting and fun, but it can also be one of the busiest times of your life. If you don’t want to end up being a nervous wreck a week before your big day, learn to prioritize and say no to any new commitments that could take away from other important wedding-related tasks. It’s really ok to say no every now and then.

2. Carry a notebook

Your brain will be going 1000 miles per hour and so are your ideas and thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts will pop up in the middle of the night and will wake you up. Having a notebook near by to write will help you to empty your brain and have a needed restful night. Keeping a notebook to write your thoughts down will relieve some tension and will allow your brain to focus on other important things.

3. Become the queen of organization

Organization will be the key for a better wedding planning experience. Keep a digital copy of all of your important documents, contracts and information in one file on your computer so that you can easily refer back to them when you need to. If you want to be able to bring important documents along to meetings with vendors, you can always create a wedding binder that contains all of the information you need. Plus it makes for a great backup copy too!

4. Draw a line between planning and life

Make sure you set a reminder, timer or whatever tool you want to use to bring yourself back from the planning mode to allow a daily break from it. Don't try to multitask while planning, because chances are that your decisions won't be made with your full attention. Plus, that is simply exhausting, trying to keep up with everything at once. So draw a line and separate your normal work/activities from planning and don't mixed them all.

5. Make time to enjoy yourself

There’s no need for you to be a frazzled bride. Take out your calendar and schedule a few fun days in-between all of your planning. Make fun and laughter a priority in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Sometimes it’s important to come back down to earth and remember why you’re choosing to marry your partner and that trying to control every single aspect of your day is only going to leave you wishing it was over. Go out and enjoy an afternoon with the girls where you don’t talk about the wedding at all.

6. Keep your body moving

Exercise does wonders when you’ve got a lot on your plate and just need to take a breather and focus on your health. This doesn’t mean that you need to schedule in an hour at the gym every day either. If you’re strapped for time, a simple 15-20 minute walk or yoga session will make all the difference to your stress and energy levels.

7. Breath in and breath out

Take a complete timeout from wedding planning as often as you need to. Every bride deserves a relaxing soak in the tub or a heavenly hot stone massage to relieve some of the tension she might be feeling. It can be difficult to make time to simply relax, but do your best to find the time, even if it’s just 30 minutes a week.

8. Cultivate the relationship with your husband-to-be

In the weeks leading up to the wedding, you might be facing lots of stress, but make some time to hang out with your husband-to-be, and promise not talk about any wedding related stuff. Give yourselves a moment to enjoy some time together in the middle of everything and to remind each other why you are where you are.

I hope these tips are helpful as you plan your wedding. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. You can also check out our blog to find other wedding planning related information and tips.

Have a sweet day,

Cristina Mantua – Owner and Lead Designer at HWE

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