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Keep Your Sanity During Your Wedding Planning

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 - 01:00 PM | Wedding Planning | Comments (0)
By Natalia Rodriguez

By Natalia Rodriguez

As joyful and meaningful as weddings are, they can also be very stressful. There’s no doubt that planning a wedding consumes a lot of your time, and that often means that you’ll have to neglect other parts of your life like friends, fiancé and family to focus on making your dream wedding a reality, which can make things even more stressful.

I remember when I was helping my friend Linda (read about Linda’s struggle with her mom here) plan her wedding and how involved she was with her wedding that she completely neglected other aspects of her life. Her wedding became her sole purpose in life. It was the only thing she talked and thought about. She got so consumed that she even forgot to spend time with her fiancé and friends.  

To tell you to just enjoy the process will be hypocritical on my part because if you are anything like me, you would want your wedding to be perfect, and you couldn’t just go with the flow even if you tried. But to make your dream wedding happen, you need to be sane.

One of the best ways to keep your sanity is to make time for yourself. Pick one day of the week that doesn’t involve the word wedding. Go on a date with yourself. Go to the movies, spend a lazy afternoon watching embarrassing TV shows that you pretend to hate. Do the things that you loved before you started planning your wedding, but had to stop because your wedding preparations took over everything.

A big mistake that many brides-to-be make is that they forget to spend time with their future husband. You are only engaged for a small period of time, so why not enjoy it? Go on dates with your fiancé, do something spontaneous and crazy. He will be your husband for the rest of your life. Enjoy this phase.  

During the stressful times of wedding planning friends are a must. Rely on them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when things get difficult. One of the things that helped Linda get through the downs of wedding planning was that she had a strong support system, so make sure you have one, too. It’s important to tell your friends how you feel and to have constant communication with them, especially with your maid of honor and bridesmaids. However, just because you are stress doesn’t mean that you have green light to treat your friends poorly.

Planning a wedding is stressful and it often feels like a second job, but remember that it doesn’t have to become your life. It’s important to take time to distress and enjoy yourself. And please, for the love of God, ask for help. Remember that this is something you don’t have to do by yourself.


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