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Monday, 14 January 2019

How to deal with stress when you're planning your wedding

Planning our wedding was rather stressful at times, and there were several occasions when it wasn't much fun.  When we first got engaged, neither of us were quite prepared for just how much work would be involved in the lead up to the wedding day. There's so much to consider, so many things to research, and lots of decisions to make; it can be exciting yet overwhelming too. I've written this post to share my experiences with you, and I hope this helps you to deal with stress if you're planning your wedding.

Get organised
Spreadsheets, to do lists and planners are your friend 😊 I found it really helpful to write notes on my phone when I needed to remember something; it can be quite difficult to be systematic when you're wedding planning because there will be so much going on in your head and you'll be in the middle of sorting one thing out and then you'll suddenly think of something else.  David put together a great spreadsheet which kept track of things like costs, guest numbers, meal choices and contact details. This really helped, especially when we went to meetings with our wedding coordinator to go through everything.

Be prepared for the curve balls
There will be unexpected changes which may be relatively minor if they were just on their own, but these "small" changes will have an impact on 101 other things so it can be a bit of a big deal at the time. You'll probably be feeling more sensitive about things too, so try to accept that there will be some last minute changes.

Stay close to those who are supportive and reliable
There will be certain individuals who will shine like diamonds and will do everything they can to help things run as smoothly as possible for you. Don't be afraid to go to them and ask for help when you need it; you will always remember their kindness.

Take some time off the week before the Big Day
You'll need this time off because it will be hard to focus in work, what will all the wedding brain fog and excitement. You'll have appointments to attend, phone calls to make, last minute changes to deal with and emails to respond to.

Phone all your suppliers and check your appointments
Be proactive and check that everything's in order, let your suppliers know where they need to be and at what time, and that they have your contact details and an alternative contact.

Get plenty of rest
...or at least try to! I kept waking up super early in the days before the wedding day, and the light mornings certainly assisted with this! Did you know that the birds start singing at 4.30am in May?

Look after yourselves
Go for a nice meal, enjoy a walk, talk things through. Your wedding day will be amazing and all the hard work and stress will be worth it, I promise!

Hopefully you've found these tips helpful; they helped us when it came to juggling wedding planning with other responsibilities and keeping a bit of perspective. If you're in the middle of planning your wedding then try not to stress too much; it will all come together in the end 😊

Thank you for reading! Angharad x

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