For many, wedding planning can be a huge ball of stress that takes over the bride and groom’s life. But, for many it is a joyful, exciting season of preparation for the best day of their life. What’s the secret to planning a wedding without boatloads of stress? Our lead planner, Marsha, has offered us her wisdom on how to take the stress out of planning a wedding based on her 10+ years of experience working with brides and grooms who fall all over the spectrum. 

Happy Bride and Groom smiling on wedding day
Happy Bride and bridesmaids smile at each other

Photos by Brown Street Studios

  1. Learn to say no

Planning a wedding is exciting and fun but it can also be one of the busiest times of your life. If you don’t want to end up being a nervous wreck a month before your big day, learn to prioritize and say no to any new commitments that would take away from other important wedding-related tasks. It’s really ok to say no every now and then. 

2. Get Organized

The more organized you are, the better your wedding planning experience will be. Keep a digital copy of all of your important documents, contracts and information in one file on your computer so that you can easily refer back to them when you need to. Same with emails. If you want to be able to bring important documents along to meetings with vendors, you can always create a wedding binder that contains all of the information you need. Plus it makes for a great backup copy too. 

Happy Bride and Groom enjoying beautiful view
Groom dances with Bride outside

Photos by Midwest Lifeshots Photography

3. Have a little fun 

You have to be intentional, which doesn’t sound like fun, but it is so important. Take out your calendar and schedule a few fun days in-between all of your planning. Make fun and laughter a priority in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Sometimes it’s important to remember why you’re choosing to marry your partner and that trying to control every single aspect of your day is only going to leave you wishing it was over. Go out and enjoy a date with your sweetie or an afternoon with the girls where you don’t talk about the wedding AT ALL. 

Bride and Groom celebrate with cheering wedding party

Photo by Ann Ilagan Photography

4. Move your body

Exercise does wonders when you’ve got a lot on your plate and just need to take a breather and focus on your health. This doesn’t mean that you need to schedule in an hour at the gym every day either. If you’re strapped for time, a simple 15-20 minute walk or yoga session will make all the difference to your stress and energy levels. 

5. Just breathe

Take a complete timeout from wedding planning as often as you need to. Every bride deserves a relaxing soak in the tub or a heavenly hot stone massage to relieve some of the tension she might be feeling. It can be difficult to make time to simply relax but do your best to find the time, even if it’s just 30 minutes a week. 

Romantic Bride and Groom in the woods on wedding day
Cozy couple having a moment under the Bride's veil
Bride and Groom sneak away for moment together

Photos by Ali Lockery Photography

Go ahead and give these simple ideas a try! Our suggestions are simplistic in nature, but boy, by taking small steps in the right direction, you may find these mindsets, routines, and strategies to be the difference between health and stress, a thriving relationship and a strained one, and feelings of joy about your wedding day or dread. Maybe by choosing one of our suggestions and making that your goal for the week you could feel some progress? Maybe in the next month you could slowly implement them all? Give it a try, and let us know what you notice.

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Love, Marsha & Team