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When Less is Best

August 19, 2011

Now you’re engaged and really excited but you had no idea that wedding planning could be so stressful. There are so many details that go into your big day that you had never even considered and sometimes it seems completely overwhelming because you want everything to be absolutely perfect. It’s important to remember that most people won’t even notice most things that you might and taking care of yourself is a priority. At the end of the day, you will be married to the person you love and that’s the most important thing.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. No one will remember the details but you. All your guests will recall is how beautiful you looked and how happy you were so if the bridesmaids’ dresses turn out a different shade of lavender than you had imagined or the flowers you initially had your heart set on are out of season and unavailable, just take some deep breaths and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.

Delegate responsibilities to anyone and everyone who is willing to lend a helping hand. Whether hiring a wedding coordinator or assigning various tasks to family and friends to handle, take advantage of every opportunity to lessen your workload because weddings require many more decisions and much more planning and coordination than most brides initially realize.

Take time for yourself. Spend a day at the spa or take a relaxing bath in the evening. Call up some girlfriends and meet them for lunch or find a great book to read. Whatever you choose, doing things to unwind and to take your mind off of the wedding for a little while will make a world of difference in your mood and your stress level.

Don’t have unrealistic expectations and don’t focus on what you can’t have. Most couples don’t have million dollar budgets and compromises and concessions have to be made. Plan ahead and prioritize what is most important to you so that you can spend your money accordingly and stick to your budget. That way, you can minimize pre-wedding stress and eliminate post-wedding stress of debt from overspending on your big day.

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