Getting married is the ultimate symbol of love, devotion and unity — but it can also be stressful. In fact, one study found marriage was the #7th most stressful life event, even more so than getting fired from your job. Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be stressful, however. You can relax and enjoy the process a little more by following the tips listed below.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute!
One of the most common sources of wedding-related stress is lack of time. If your big day is right around the corner and you still haven’t chose a venue, DJ, caterer, etc., you’ll naturally feel more stressed. On the other hand, if you knock out these tasks in advance, you don’t have to worry them as you approach your wedding date.
Make a List
Rather than “winging” it, create a list of tasks you need to do when planning your wedding. For instance, you can create a to-do list for every month leading up to your wedding. As you complete these tasks, mark them off the list. Seeing what you’ve accomplished thus far and what you still have left should ease some of the stress associated with planning a wedding.
Create a Budget… and Stick with It
Another common cause of wedding-related stress is the cost. The average cost of a wedding in the United States is now more than $26,000. Of course, some weddings cost even more, especially if you buy products and services without a clear strategy. If you create a budget and stick with it, however, you’ll know exactly how much your wedding will cost.
Ask for Help
Remember, you don’t have to plan your wedding alone. In addition to asking your fiance for help, you can also seek assistance from your best man or maid of honor.
Prepare a Wedding-Day Emergency Kit
As the saying goes, “hope for the best buy prepare for the worst” holds true when planning a wedding. Hopefully everything runs smoothly on your big, but if a problem arises you should be prepared to deal with it. This is why it’s a good idea to create a wedding-day emergency kit with items like a lint roller, aspirin, fabric repair kit, etc. Check out our previous blog post here for more tips on how to create a wedding-day emergency kit.
These are just a few tips to make wedding planner a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.