October 2017

October 1, 2017

It's going to be the most beautiful day of your life, but the time leading up to your wedding can be stressful. This is why there's a phenomenon known as "bridezillas," those women who go on rampages ahead of their big day. Stress impacts all of us in different ways, but it has been known to lead to problems like fatigue, weight gain, skin conditions, anxiety, moodiness, and headaches. You want to look and feel gorgeous on your wedding day, not run down. When wedding planning becomes too much, just remember these stress-busting tips.

Plan Ahead

Notebooks, binders, organizational apps, to-do lists, spreadsheets, and the like should be your best friends. There are so many parties to reach out to, including the DJ, caterer, photographer, florist, ring store, dress store, and more that your head could spin. Keep track of who you're in contact with, if you're waiting to hear back from them, and the costs of the services. Make an exact budget so that there aren't any huge bills that arrive in a few months into your life of wedded bliss.

Don't Be Afraid to Say No

You're the bride, so it makes sense that you want to have your hands in a lot. After all, it is your wedding. If too many people are coming to you and asking you for requests that you just can't handle though, you can defer these jobs to someone else. Your bridesmaids are probably more than willing to shoulder a bit of the work so that you don't have to. Family and other friends may want to lend a hand as well. You'll never find out if you don't ask.

Prepare for Surprises

However, no matter how obsessively organized you are, and no matter how much or little of the planning that you're directly involved in, something is probably going to go wrong. It's almost guaranteed. Maybe the flowers are a different color or the DJ plays a song that you didn't approve. Perhaps a few of the pictures didn't come out as perfect as you had hoped. While these deterrents are unfortunate, you can't let them ruin what is one of the most significant days of your life.

Learn Stress Management Techniques

If you feel like the figurative walls are closing in on you, take some time to learn stress management techniques. Deeply breathing in and out can help you calm down and focus. Meditation, yoga, and any other form of exercise will boost endorphins and get you ready to face the day. Most importantly though, don't forget to take care of yourself. Eat all three meals in a day and don't forego sleep to plan your wedding.