Are you a busy bride? Getting bogged down with all the wedding planning? Here are a few tips on how to keep your sanity during the process.
Buy a book specifically for wedding planning, which you can keep track of expenses, design concepts, and details. Sure a Pinterest page is great, however, it can be overwhelming with ideas. Get a three ring binder or book that you can keep on hand when you are out and about. Fill it with important documents (quotes from vendors, contracts), to-do lists, pictures, samples, etc.
Stay on task.
Each week pick three items on your list that you want to accomplish. That way, by the end of the week you’ll feel a sense of forward movement and you won’t be so consumed with all of the things you need to get done before the wedding. Clump the tasks together by category- “food”, “décor”, “ceremony”, “vendors’, etc. Keep track with a calendar and a to-do list. Decide which components are the most important to you, and tackle them first.
Take care of yourself.
Whether it’s a weekly or monthly massage, a trip to the spa for a facial, or going to the gym. Keep yourself healthy, both mentally and physically. Now is not the time to be stress eating or not sleeping. Get your beauty rest, maintain your workout schedule (if you don’t already have one, now is the perfect time to start one), drink plenty of water, and eat your veggies. You want to look and feel your best on your big day!
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Whatever smaller decisions you need to make, such as booking a hotel for out of town guests or stuffing gift bags, delegate them to someone else. With less on your plate, the less you will stress. This even means trusting your fiancé with the decisions he wants to make, or letting your maid of honor do some work.
Do something non-wedding.
Grab some girlfriends, your fiancé, or go solo, and do a non-wedding related activity. Whether its distressing with some yoga, taking a painting class, winding down with a massage, or seeing a movie, it is important to take your mind off of the planning and relax.
Hire a wedding planner.
Leave it to the professionals! Your planner is going to help you make the most of the limited time you have by hiring vendors he/she has worked with and trusts, keeping on budget, and setting up appointments. With additional help, you will not only get your vision to come to life, but you won’t have as much work to worry about. You’ll be thankful that someone else is taking on all the responsibility.