Wedding planning is a very complex yet enjoyable process. It gets even exciting if you’re booking an event venue for an outdoor wedding. You have your wedding vision all planned until the stress and pressure of wedding preparations start to get the best of you.
In this article, we’ll talk about the warning signs that tell you’re stressed with wedding planning. We’ll also provide some tips to help you cope until your big day.
You spend the majority of time planning
Wedding planning requires a lot of time and effort, from managing the venue, invitation, food, attire, decors, entertainment, guest list, floral arrangement, and other essentials.
If you don’t have a planner to help you, you probably spend the majority of your time thinking about your wedding concerns, what-if’s, and ideas.
At some point, you will probably find yourself abandoning your daily routine and things that make you happy, whether it’s going on dinner dates with your fiance, going shopping with friends, or taking relaxing baths.
If all the wedding planning is taking over your life, it’s time to take a backseat. The best you can do is to change your perspective on how you fit wedding planning into your life. If it’s already affecting the quality of your life, then something needs to change. Allow yourself to take a week off wedding planning and focus on things that bring you joy. Once you have recharged, you can now approach planning with a positive and fresh mindset.
You’re no longer enjoying the wedding planning process
Your engagement period is supposed to be the most memorable and exciting time of your life together as a couple. But if you’re getting too consumed or stressed out about making everything perfect, the pressure of pulling off your dream wedding will take a toll on your mental health.
Yes, the process of planning a wedding can be stressful since there will be aspects that you won’t particularly find enjoyable, but if you look at the big picture it’s actually a very fulfilling task to take on. Often, the wedding planning stress happens to brides who want to copy a certain celebrity’s luxury wedding or those who are too keen to please everyone, particularly their family and friends.
If you think wedding planning is no longer fun, take a moment to breathe and step back. Wedding planning shouldn’t make you and your partner miserable, rather, it should be something both of you should cherish before you embark on a new chapter as husband and wife. If the stress is already taking its toll on you, consider doing something different with your fiance at least every week.
You procrastinate things
Procrastinating your wedding planning may seem different from what procrastination in college looks like. If you got a passing grade from writing a last-minute paper, don’t expect that a bare minimum effort works on a once-in-a-lifetime event such as a wedding. Nobody wants to attend a wedding that looks barely stitched together.
Most brides start their wedding planning feeling excited and positive about making their wedding vision come to life. But once the pressure of the planning process overwhelms them, they eventually find themselves dragging their feet through the process. Their long list of tasks becomes forgotten, and they opt to work only on items that interest them.
People have different reasons why they procrastinate. The most common causes are stress, anxiety, and the lack of confidence to pull off a certain task. If you find yourself procrastinating, it’s important to acknowledge your emotions first. You can start by working on the fun and easy stuff until you crossed them out of your list. For the tasks you find challenging, you can always ask for assistance from your friends and family members. Delegating tasks will keep the planning activities moving forward.
You’re often sick lately
Stress can be quite sneaky and can show up in the most unexpected ways. It takes the form of physical symptoms, such as insomnia, headaches, nervousness, muscle tension, chest pain, low energy, and reduced sex drive. Stress also affects your immunity against viral illnesses, such as the flu and colds.
If the wedding planning is making you deal with these symptoms, it means your body is telling you to back off a bit and call for help.
If you were able to relate to any of these warning signs, give yourself a favor and take a rest. Your wedding day is supposed to be the most wonderful moment of your life, so don’t let the pressure of the planning process wear you down. But if your wedding preparations are already affecting the quality of your life, you always have the choice to go on vacation and take a breather.