Look, it’s no secret that planning a wedding can be overwhelming. The preparations can be tiresome, regardless of whether you've always dreamed of over-the-top weddings or your intimate affair has morphed into something far more complicated. Planning a wedding should be a fun, memorable experience, but you may soon realize that this is something you want to avoid at all costs. As a working professional, you're already juggling relationships, paying the bills, and finding time for socializing. Put a major life event on top of that and you've got a year's worth of planning.
The wedding planning process can be made enjoyable by calming your nerves. Keeping afloat in the crazy world of wedding planning can be as simple as stepping away for a while and making detailed to-do lists.
Sort out your priorities
The first thing you should do is to figure out what is most important to you when it comes to your dream wedding. Often, couples get overwhelmed by the smaller details and lose sight of what is most important to them. List your absolute must-haves before booking vendors or putting down deposits. Professional photographers, floral arrangements, food preferences, etc. This priorities list can then be referred to whenever you start feeling stressed after scrolling through Pinterest for hours.
It will also help you stay on budget if you look at this list frequently. This will help you avoid overspending on unnecessary items. Couples face the greatest stress during the planning process when it comes to their budget!
Make a detailed budget
A detailed budget is essential when it comes to budgets. Spend some time clarifying your budget if you feel anxious about how much money you spend. Divide the wedding budget into different categories after creating a high-level budget. Tracking your spending as you go and cutting back on certain areas may be possible if you create a budget spreadsheet.
A budget should also include 5% for miscellaneous expenses that may arise along the way. There are many unexpected costs you may incur, including unexpected guests, vendor meals, gratuities, overtime costs, postage, insurance, and more.
Make a To-Do List
You may feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks you have to accomplish during wedding planning. You will feel overwhelmed very quickly if you don't have a game plan. Procrastination and anxiety can result in more stress.
Checklists, worksheets, calendars, and more are available in physical wedding planners. Your budget, timeline, and planning will all be in one place, so you will be able to keep track of everything. Create a wedding mood board with apps like Trello or Milanote if you're more of a cloud-based person.
Make a done list along with your to-do list. Seeing all your accomplishments and celebrating the small victories will help you feel accomplished!
Delegate tasks without fear
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. You can keep sane by delegating tasks to your wedding party and other family members, even if you are relentlessly self-sufficient.
In addition to helping you succeed, these people want to make this process as easy as possible for you. You and your partner are going to be the center of attention at your wedding. Taking on every task alone is not necessary!
Invest in a wedding planner
Consider hiring a wedding planner if your budget allows. The coordinator will assist you in managing your budget, bringing your vision to life, keeping your expectations clear, communicating with your other vendors, guiding you through any sticky situations, and helping you relax on your wedding day. It's all taken care of by them.
Keep your cool when it comes to the little things
Planning a wedding can be fraught with hiccups, as with many other things in life. There's nothing wrong with that. We should embrace imperfection, since it is inevitable. Afterward, you won't remember that the florals you wanted weren't in season or that the table runners you liked online weren't available. Remember the bigger picture whenever you start nitpicking.
Plan time away from and for planning
Keeping a schedule for and away from wedding planning is key to avoiding wedding pressure. Scheduling time for wedding planning will allow you to separate planning time from your free time, whether you plan Wine Wednesdays or save it for weekends.
Self-care looks different for everyone, so make time for it during your free time. You might take a walk outside, get a manicure, write in your journal, take a hot bath, go to the gym, or binge-watch The Office. Follow your heart and do what makes you happy. If you are planning your wedding, we recommend having a stress-free area free of anything related to it-such as a bedroom or office. Using this as a place to relax and decompress can help you cope with tough times.
Date nights are also important when you're not planning. Your relationship can be strained by stress, which is why you should spend quality time with each other. It will help you remember why you are getting married!