Getting engaged is an exciting milestone in your relationship. It’s an opportunity to take things to the next level and to have the pleasure of calling each other “fiance.” However, getting engaged is only the first step. You’ll have to start planning a wedding, which can often be rather stressful.
Sometimes people find themselves so wrapped up in the planning process that they lose sight of the entire purpose of the wedding, which is to have fun and celebrate their love. Don’t allow yourself to become a “bridezilla.” Here are some of the most practical planning tips— without the stress.
The earlier you start planning the details, the less you’ll find yourself scrambling at the last minute. One of the biggest causes of stress during wedding planning is feeling like you don’t have enough time to get everything done. It goes without saying that the earlier you start doing things like hiring a wedding videographer, locking down a venue, and choosing your guests, the less pressed for time you’ll be as you move closer to the date.
Get Your Partner Involved
Planning the entire wedding yourself isn’t fair or fun. Get your partner involved and make it a group project. It’s fun sorting out the details with your partner. Besides the end result being a mix of both of your tastes and opinions, it’s also a fun opportunity to do something together.
Taking time to look at wedding magazines together, and talk about your guest list is something that can bring you closer. It’s also a better way to carry the stress load. Since you’re both involved instead of just one of you, it means less pressure on your shoulders.
If all you do is eat, breathe, sleep, and think about your wedding, then eventually it’s going to burn you out. Don’t forget to take breaks and do things other than plan your wedding. Take time to enjoy your other interests, and come back to your wedding planning after you’ve given yourself a breather.
Remember, it’s supposed to be a fun event, not something that stresses you out or gives you anxiety. That’s why it’s recommended to get started as early as possible so you know you’ve got plenty of time to take breaks if needed.
Not everyone has the budget to be able to hire a wedding planner. Consider asking your friends and family to give you a hand. They can help you find venues, and may even have recommendations based on their own weddings.
The more you can involve your friends and family, the more pressure you put on yourselves as a couple. Not to mention, most of your friends would probably be thrilled to have a hand in helping you prepare for your special day!