Getting married is an undeniably amazing, life-changing experience that symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Because of its significance, however, it can also be stressful — and that’s putting it mildly. But there are ways to lower the stress of planning a wedding, some of which we’re going to discuss in today’s blog post.

Hire a Wedding Planner

From setting a budget and finding a venue, to choosing floral arrangements and wedding dress (and more), planning a wedding is exhausting! Rather than trying to juggle all of these tasks yourself, consider hiring a wedding planner to lend a hand. A good wedding planner should walk you through the steps of planning a wedding, offering both his or her expertise and labor.

Choose a Reliable Maid of Honor

When choosing your maid of honor, consider her reliability and overall work ethics. Your maid of honor should be readily available and eager to help plan your wedding. If she has neutral views on your wedding, you’ll probably end up doing most of the planning yourself. It’s not a bad idea to ask prospective maid of honors if they are up for the task before assigning them this significant role in your wedding party.

Keep it Small

If you’re worried about wedding-related stress, keep your wedding small. Larger weddings typically require more work to plan — and increased work means greater stress and anxiety. Smaller weddings with fewer guests, on the other hand, are easier to plan than larger weddings with hundreds of guests. So, sit down with your fiance to see if you can shrink your guest list while choosing a more intimate venue.

Pamper Yourself

When was the last time that you pampered yourself? There’s no better time than the mid stages of planning a wedding to schedule a day at the spa. Getting a massage, manicure and pedicure is a sure-fire way to relax and unwind, leaving you feeling rejuvenated afterward. Of course, this is just one of the many ways in which a bride can pamper yourself. The bottom line is that you need to set aside time for yourself, doing whatever makes you happy and special.

Take up Yoga

As explained in this article by TheKnot, practicing yoga can help soon-to-be brides relieve their wedding-related stress. Consisting of stretching and breathing exercises, it’s a great way to relax both your body and mind. Look up some of the different yoga classes in your area. Alternatively, you can buy a yoga DVD to perform at home.