Hey friends! Anna here with a few tips to help you keep your head on straight when you feel like you’re in the midst of the wedding planning chaos. Let’s acknowledge that you’re about to celebrate and commemorate your relationship in a BIG way. There is so much to consider as you plan a wedding, so much so that it can easily become wildly overwhelming and stressful. BUT this doesn’t have to be the case though!! Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy more of your wedding planning process.
Avoid burnout by accepting help from people around you. Just because you want things done a certain way doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Friends and family are more than willing to help you out, you simply have to ask. Hand over tasks that you were planning to DIY. The extra hands will reduce stress and get things done more quickly!
While it’s important to stick to a budget for your wedding, it can make the planning process more stressful. Instead of focusing on what you are able to purchase to bring your wedding day to life, focus on how you want your guests to feel. Once you start focusing on the experience, you will find that you don’t actually need everything you thought you did. Why purchase those extra expensive flowers to spruce up your tables when you can rather create a custom cocktail that your guests will remember? Instead of hiring a professional singer for your ceremony, ask that friend with the beautiful voice to sing something special for you!
Bridal couples can spend a lot of time answering the same questions once they start inviting guests to their wedding. To bypass this and reduce wedding planning stress, create a wedding website where guests can access all the information they need for the day! Fill it with all the necessary info about your day as well as FAQs like if you’re going to allow kids or +plus 1s. Getting that all in one place will ideally save you random texts and free you to focus on other more important tasks. Make sure to include an online gift registry so guests can send wedding gifts directly to you!
Hiring experienced vendors is another way you can spend more time enjoying the months leading up to your wedding. Experienced vendors are more organized and will help you better plan your day without much effort on your part. As a wedding photographer, I help give structure and insight early on right from the inquiry stage, and I can guarantee you that you probably won’t find that level of high detailed planning anywhere else! This is an area I thrive in, so look for vendors that fit your vibe and can help you make your dream wedding come to life by how they serve.
Yo, self-care is SO important! I remember when I got married I felt so much stress and pressure to people-please and get the planning right. It was a lot to deal with in a short time frame, so I could not recommend self-care more! If you don’t find time for self-care, you might wake up on your wedding day feeling exhausted and frazzled vs. rested, excited, and present. Self-care doesn’t just mean a weekly spa visit. Simply finding time to switch off for an hour several times a week is all you need. Take a long bath, go out for a quiet dinner with your spouse with no wedding talk, or arrange a brunch with your besties! When you’re more balanced, the wedding planning process doesn’t feel as overwhelming!!
The wedding planning process can and should be fun and memorable and I hope these quick tips help bring some peace to that chaos! Know that I am in your corner to cheer and champion you on! You got this BB!!