Smart Start: Ways to Manage Your Stress While Planning a Wedding

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Getting engaged is such an exciting time. However, the exhilaration of saying “I will” can quickly be replaced by the overwhelming concerns surrounding planning a wedding.

I designed my Smart Start series to take the worry out of planning your wedding. Smart Start will be delivered to your inbox every week filled with tips on the business and the art sides of planning a wedding. It will break up your tasks into easy-to-accomplish segments so you can enjoy the planning process.

If you have questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to email me at susan.southerland@pwg.com. You may also find back issues of the Smart Start series by clicking HERE.

Although planning a wedding is supposed to be fun, it can sometimes get the best of us. It’s so important to do what you can to keep your stress under control so you can enjoy every moment of this special time. Here are some of my tips for how to manage your stress throughout your wedding planning:

1. Stay organized. The easiest way to avoid undue stress is to get organized from the beginning and do your best to stay that way. Use a planning binder or notebook, the free planning tools here on Perfect Wedding Guide, and/or a professional wedding planner to keep you on track.
2. Delegate. No one can do it all. Hire help or recruit it from your friends and family to ease your burden.
3. Eat (and drink) right. Make the best food choices you can and keep things like alcohol and caffeine to a minimum, as they can exacerbate stress and lead to health problems.
4. Stay positive. The saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff” couldn’t be more accurate. Remember the big picture here: you’re marrying the person you love. Everything else is unimportant in the scheme of things.
5. Get enough sleep. Our bodies need a full night’s rest to function properly. We’re better able to cope with stressful events when we’re not exhausted.
6. Don’t stay bottled up. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion about your own wedding plans. Keeping things bottled up can lead to anger, irritability, and defensiveness, none of which are productive and can put a negative shadow on your big day.
7. Exercise. Just going for a walk can release endorphins that reduce stress and make you feel great. It’ll help clear your mind and help you feel more prepared to handle any problems that may arise.
8. Meditate. Consider taking up yoga or tai chi, or following a meditation tape in the mornings to help you relax.

I hope these tips help and I welcome any additional tips you’d like to share with us to help other couples planning their big days!

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