Congratulations, You are ENGAGED!! We know you are beyond excited to begin planning your wedding and your new married life. We also know that sometimes it may seem overwhelming when you sit down and start working on the details. Are you staying up late at night with a To Do List in your head? Don’t worry, you are not alone. We are here to help you avoid being overwhelmed and share a few tips that we’ve learned along the way to enjoy a stress free wedding planning experience (and more restful sleep).
1) Keep A Notepad With You At All Times – Most anxiety comes from the concern that you may forget something. When an idea hits you, write it down! And if you are up late at night with a list in your head, you can be assure that once you write it down, your mind will be able to rest easier knowing that you wrote it down and it will be there in the morning.
2) Find Your One Go-To Person – Note that we recommend One. We know you have a ton of friends but when it comes to planning, we think too many cooks in the kitchen……well, you know! However, you do need a friend or family member that you can lean on for advice and more importantly, to share in the fun! Wedding planning is a lot of fun but at times, it can be overwhelming with all the decision you have to make. You will get a ton of advice from what seems like everyone and their mom but you need that one special friend or family member that will guide (not push) you. They also know when to help you take a break for a little “me time”.
3) Have Date Nights Away From Wedding Planning – Once the planning starts, there will be times when you’ll feel like the only conversations you have are about the upcoming wedding. Stop! Remember that you are marrying the love of your life and you are going to be together long after the wedding day is done. Invest in some couple time, doing the things you love and make a promise to avoid wedding talk for those few hours. This will give you and your honey time to reconnect.
4) Hire a planner – Ok, so it sounds like a shameless plug, we know! But honestly, wedding planners are like project managers and with so many details, it’s great to have someone experienced to help you navigate through it all. Wedding planners will help you find professional vendors, negotiate contracts, keep you organized and most importantly they save you time and money! An experienced planner is going to research and connect you to other professionals that meet your needs and budget. Thus eliminating unnecessary appointments with vendors that don’t meet your requirements and help you avoid making costly mistakes.
With these few tips, you can begin this exciting process with confidence and make it a stress free experience! Now “LET THE PLANNING BEGIN!”