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3 Tips to Minimize Wedding Stress

June 13, 2016 by The Marquardt Ranch

Is there anything more wonderful than a wedding? Is there anything more stressful?

Weddings create beautiful memories and new lives together, however, the journey from engaged to altar can be full of less-than-happy moments. Planning everything from ceremony to reception is a large undertaking, no matter the size of your wedding. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point during this time.

Remember, a few simple tips can keep your stress at a manageable level.

Money Matters

Establish a budget and stick to it. At first, you may think this tip causes you more stress—after all, planning a wedding is like building a house. Hidden costs always creep up. But if you and your fiancée (or whoever is footing the bill) decide on a number you are all comfortable spending, there will actually be less stress as you plan. Budgets trim guest lists, that number determines venues, and venues help define reception style. Everything you decide comes back to the amount of money you want to spend.

Think Thematic

Choose a theme for your wedding and say no to everything else. In today’s digital age, planning a wedding can quickly become overwhelming. You are surrounded by thousands of images depicting someone else’s perfect day. Decide on your perfect day instead. Define your style—rustic or elegant? Boho chic or classic? Vintage or modern?

After you determine your budget and select your venue, let that guide you to more specifics. Is this an outdoor event? Will you have a tent with twinkle lights? Did you choose the country club or someone’s backyard? Each of these places brings a different vibe to your wedding and can help you determine your final theme. Big red barns need mason jars. Upscale lofts glow with metallic embellishments. Grand ballrooms call for seated dinners and formal arrangements.

Planning with a theme in mind will help you make final decisions.

Plan Purposefully

The key to less stress is good planning. If you doubt yourself as an organizer, hire a coordinator or wedding director. Delegate to friends and family. Set up a timeline and follow it. Having deadlines to check off will reassure you everything is being done.

Keep a list with you at all times so you can jot down ideas. Snap pictures with your phone. Create a group text with your bridesmaids. Make a spreadsheet of who goes where and when. Invite everyone to a Google calendar. Whatever you do, plan in the way that makes you feel calm.

What helps reduce the stress of wedding planning for you?

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