How to Handle Wedding Planning Stress, According to Science

Wedding stress can easily turn a chill and quiet bride to be into a complete bridezilla. For those who may need to ask, ‘what is a bridezilla?’, perhaps it would be better to figure out how to manage wedding stress and avoid turning into one. Most couples are known to fret and freak out on a number of issues while planning their wedding. However, wedding planning need not be associated with so much anxiety. It should instead be a time of fun. And yes, while it might seem unobtainable, you can float from your engagement to your wedding without any of the usual wedding planning stress. 

How do you achieve this, you wonder? Most pre wedding stress is tied to the fact that couples still have the normal challenges of their everyday life to attend to, in addition to those presented by the upcoming wedding. However, there are a number of ways to put your mind at ease at such a time. 

Come with us as we show you different methods on how to deal with wedding planning stress, according to science. 

  1. Keep an Open Mind

One important factor in having or planning stress-free weddings, is to keep an open mind. Be aware that not everything can be perfect and that things can go wrong. If you decide to stay flexible, then even when things do go wrong, instead of stressing about it, you will be in the right frame of mind to find a way around it. Embrace the imperfection by realizing that nothing ever is perfect. Understand that even with those aspects you think are imperfect or lacking, as long as you have the love of your partner and loved ones, your wedding will be perfect. 

  1. Take Time to Rest

While it is true that wedding planning can result in a super stressed out bride-to-be, you do not have to stick with the status quo. Find ways to remain chill even when certain things are not working out. When it seems like the anxiety is getting out of hand, take some time to just drop everything and take a step back. Give yourself some space away from all the activity, take the day off and even pamper yourself. With a clear head you will be able to see things from a different perspective the next day and get back on it. 

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  1. Prioritize

One factor that can keep you less stressed about a wedding is prioritizing. Right from the beginning of your wedding planning, it is necessary to prioritize every single aspect of your wedding. Decide what is absolutely necessary, which aspects of your checklist and are wants and which are needs, so that you understand clearly what is worth worrying about and what isn’t. This can give you a clearer head and a better attitude towards the planning of your big day. 

Even with essentials, a level of flexibility is needed so you do not go crazy. Allocating your budget according to your priority list can also help you keep a level head. If it is not on the essential list and the budget cannot covet it, then it is not needed. 

  1. Have Backup Plans

Planning with the worst-case scenarios in mind is a great method for finding a backup plan in any situation. This can also go a long way in removing super stresses from your life. With a plan B as part of your strategy, you would be calm even in the face of calamity. No matter what might go wrong, what is most important is that you are married at the end of the day. 

  1. Go out on a Date

Wedding planning can be stressful in a relationship, so it is important to take the time to be together during this period too. Going out on a date can help you remember why you’re doing this in the first place. Don’t allow the wedding to turn into one of your relationship stresses. A date can also be the right space to communicate, talk things through. You are walking into a new chapter in your lives, and while the wedding planning could have taken up all the space in your lives, what is most important is you two. So, take this time together to listen to each other and re-evaluate everything even in the midst of possible wedding planning stress.

  1. Consider Self Care

Asides just stepping away from the activities for a bit, conscious self-care is important when stepping away from too stressful wedding planning. Activities like meditation, yoga, a complete body massage, going to the movies or even a manicure can help you step down from what is otherwise a stressful activity. Also, ensure to eat healthy. This can help you not only look and feel good, but will keep your energy up while you work. 

There is a lot you can do to keep calm during wedding planning. While it may be normal for this period of your life to bring with it a lot of wedding stress, it is important to remember to enjoy yourself along the way. Don’t be too inflexible and find an out when you can. You will realize that not everything has to be perfect for you to have a perfect day. 

Author: Kate Motina
Kate heads the Wedding Forward content department. She’s an expert on wedding showers, honeymoon plans, destination weddings, photography, videos, and themes. Give her a wedding vision and she will give you a perfect wedding plan from her fingertips. She also has her unique articles on the site. She is a health and fitness enthusiast, and she’s crazy about photography!

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