10 Ways to Combat Wedding Stress

Getting married can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Here are a few ways to relieve stress and make your special day special:

  1. Be Organized. Buy a date book and a notebook or folder during the early planning stages. Set a schedule and deadlines. By scheduling things out, you will not be left with a lot of last minute details just before your wedding. Keep all your planning information in the notebook so it is all in one spot.
  2. Share responsibilities with your partner. Make joint decisions and stick with them. Don’t let forceful friends and relatives change your mind, after all, this is your day. If you come to an agreement with your partner on something and then turn around and do something else, this can cause stress on the relationship.
  3. Set realistic goals.  Don’t let arrangements for your wedding blow your budget. Set an affordable budget and stick with it. You don’t want to still be paying off the loan you took out for your wedding when your children begin college
  4. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Let your maid/matron of honor, bridesmaids, mother, fiancé, etc. take care of some of the minor details. When people ask to help, take them up on their offer.
  5. Stay Healthy. Get plenty of exercise, eat right and laugh. Aerobic exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Also, get plenty of sleep. Sleep can help with your mood, energy and focus. Humor is a great way to relieve stress. See the humor in situations, learn to laugh at yourself, and don’t take everything so seriously.
  6. Take a break from all the wedding planning. Spend a weekend pampering yourself and relaxing. Go to a spa or just stay home and read a good book or watch movies.
  7. Don’t stress over the small stuff.  Most of the time the small stuff is just that, small stuff. Your guests probably won’t notice anyway.
  8. Don’t expect perfection. The higher your expectations, the bigger the disappointment if something doesn’t go right. Be prepared for unexpected problems and don’t freak out if they do happen.
  9. Don’t try to please everyone. Remember, it is your wedding, not your mother’s or future mother-in-law’s wedding.
  10. Avoid people who may make your stress level go up. There are always some people, relatives or friends, that know how to "push your buttons". When you are feeling very stressed be sure to stay away from or limit you time with these people.
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