Planning A Wedding: How to make it a stress-free experience

Planning A Wedding: How to make it a stress-free experience

Ask around, and we reckon that a lot of couples will tell you how their wedding day was one of the best days of their lives – if not the best. But what this won’t tell you is how much planning and hard work goes into making it such a special occasion. And it can be a really stressful time too. Who to invite, where to sit them, and what to feed them – there’s no shortage of things to think about. So, how can you ensure that planning for your big day is as fun as it should be and have a stress-free wedding?

Why stress over a happy occasion?

We all know that stress isn’t good for the mind or body. But we also know that you want things to be perfect for YOUR big day. The recent Covid-19 restrictions haven’t done much to help the stress levels of couples getting married in recent months. Yet it’s important to keep upbeat as much as possible at the planning stage and focus on that end goal in sight.

Identify priorities and assign tasks

Sure – it’s easy to say this. It’s less easy to do so when you’re trying to handle everything that needs handling. So, let’s think about some practical steps you can take. And the first is to take a step back. Hold on, what? Take a step back? What do we mean? Well, it means looking at all the various tasks that need doing and giving them an order in which they need to be done.

Focus on booking the venue or deciding on the guest list before getting into the finer points. It shouldn’t all have to be on one person either. Share the tasks as a couple. Or even ask friends and family to help out. It’ll lighten the load first and foremost, and it’ll hopefully help you keep a clear mind as the days and weeks start to count down towards the happy day.

Stress Free Wedding

Setting a budget… and sticking to it

It can be tempting to get carried away with your budget. But the reality is that few people have an unlimited pot of money to pay for their wedding. Finances have an uncanny ability to be a real flashpoint in a relationship and it’s one of the fundamental reasons why divorce solicitors see unreasonable behaviour as the most common grounds for divorce in the UK.

To avoid unnecessary and unwanted arguments over money, have clear budgets when planning your special day. Make them non-negotiable red lines that aren’t to be crossed. Or if you do opt to spend a little more on a certain aspect, be prepared to compromise on another. It’ll keep full control over those costs – and ensure that you aren’t left with a bill you can’t afford to pay.

Have perspective

Above all, don’t let any bumps in the road throw you off track with your planning. If something doesn’t work out or someone lets you down, don’t dwell on it. Think about any problem as that brand-new opportunity that’ll make your day even more special. And remember there’s nothing that can’t be replaced or re-imagined on your big day. There will always be a solution.

Ultimately, giving everything careful thought and having a clear roadmap will put you in a great position for a stress-free wedding. It’ll ensure you get what you want, deal with any issues, and have the day of your life.

How can I stay stress-free before the wedding?
  • Get a good amount of rest and sleep
  • Sit down, relax and read a book
  • Do a few sessions of yoga to relieve stress
  • Spend a good amount of time outdoors
  • Stay hydrated and drink water
  • Relax and pamper yourself
Is it normal to be stressed before your wedding?
Most brides and grooms are pretty nervous before their wedding. If you feel this way, try to relax and see why you feel nervous. Figuring out why you have pre-wedding jitters will either help you have a healthy and strong marriage or stop you from going ahead with the wedding.
How do I overcome wedding anxiety?
Make sure you pay attention to how your feeling in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding. With anxiety management and a little advance planning, you should be able to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest.

Self-Care Practice

  • Get regular exercise to relieve stress and anxiety
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet – Avoid anything with caffeine and sugar as these can make your anxiety worse

Tailor Your Wedding

  • Have a small wedding if you’re uncomfortable with a large audience
  • Change the traditional wedding ceremony to something that you would enjoy

Plan Ahead

  • Start your arrangements early to avoid anxiety related to feeling rushed
  • Make the most of the rehearsal ceremonies to gain confidence and comfort

Use Coping Methods

  • Use deep breathwork to help you relax and reduce anxiety
  • Practice meditation to help you get in touch with your feelings without them taking over
  • Practise visualisation of how great your wedding will be to help you get through your day
How do I stop being overwhelmed with my wedding?
  • Sort out each task in order of importance
  • Set realistic deadlines for each task
  • Gives some of the responsibility to family and friends who are willing to help
  • Get in some regular exercise
  • Have some fun with your bride-to-be/groom-to-be and plan some low-key activities
  • Focus on the fun parts of wedding planning
  • Ease back into wedding planning if you take a small break
  • Call in professional wedding help if required


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