Planning a wedding can be one of the most magical, treasured times of your life. Between cake tastings and vow preparation, it’s a special time to invest in your partner and yourself as you prepare to spend your lives together.
But for all it’s tulle and champagne and peonies…
Lezbehonest, wedding planning can be incredibly stressful.
Here are our favorite tips to care for yourself and truly enjoy this season
1. Imagine your wedding day and focus on a few key elements that excite you.
It can be easy to get caught up in the grind of wedding planning and forget the big picture. Take a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and imagine your wedding day. Imagine walking down the aisle, exchanging vows, taking a shot at the reception. What details of the day stand out to you?
For one of my brides, she most looked forward to seeing all of her family in friends in one place, for another she looked forward to sharing pizza with her partner. Maybe you look forward to wearing a sexy sequin getup.
Don’t feel pressured to invest in a dance floor or a toss bouquet if these details don’t excite you. Focus on a few key details, execute the f**k out of them, and then don’t worry about the rest.
2. De-complicate and declutter.
Think about your must-haves for your day and then ask yourself– do you really need those extra candles or favors?
If monogrammed dessert napkins are turning out to be too much of an added expense and you’ve yet to sign a contract, scrap the idea.
Remember why you’re planning a wedding, and spend your time investing where it counts.
3. Go on a date with your partner.
Set aside the spreadsheets and just have fun!
Now’s the time to drink too many margaritas, make out, and remember that all your hard work is going to pay off.
Enjoy time together and focus on WHY you’re doing this in the first place.
4. Consider ways to make the wedding experience more meaningful and personal for you.
Think creatively about what makes you you, and make sure that’s reflected in your wedding day.
Add your favorite charity to your wedding registry so your guests can make a gift donation in support of you and your favorite cause.
Ask a local food truck to drop off a midnight snack to help your guests groove through the night.
Switch up the ceremony so that it reflects your shared values and traditions.
Take full advantage of the “something borrowed” tradition, and wear a piece of jewelry or carry trinket that carries meaning for you and your family or friends.
5. Have a digital detox day.
Put away the computer, turn off the phone, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of your favorite wine and let yourself relax and know that all of your planning is going to result in a beautiful day celebrating you and your main squeeze.
Maybe even try reading to one another or meditating together
6. Know your army.
Know who you can call to vent to when something goes wrong.
Your friends and family are there to help you! Knowing who is most helpful with what will make last minute changes much easier for you to handle when you know you’re not alone.
Your wedding is your celebration, it’s meant to highlight the beauty of the love between you and your partner. So, while your in the throws of planning remember to try of a few of these tips and let loose once in a while. Heres to you and your stress-free wedding planning. Cheers!