96% of couples across the country admit that wedding planning is stressful, according to one Zola report that surveyed 500 couples who were either recently engaged or newlywed. Stress from the wedding planning process can not only make planning your big day less enjoyable, but it can take a toll on your mental health as well. If you’re planning on getting married soon, here are three simple tips that can help you to keep your mental health in check by reducing the stress involved.
Keeping an open mind is key
The most stressful parts of a wedding are the guest list and the budget, according to Jacin Fitzgerald, founder of Jacin Fitzgerald Events. He states that the two go hand in hand, with higher guest lists making for a higher cost. However, having an open mind and being flexible can significantly help when it comes to reducing the stress involved with planning. In doing so, you can more easily broaden your options, and let go of the things that aren’t worth stressing over. For example, if you originally wanted a large wedding with a lot of guests, opening your mind to something a bit smaller may work in your favor, and could be less stressful in the long run in terms of how much you’ll need to spend.
Outsourcing some of the work
Another way to reduce the stress of planning your big day is by simply asking for help and/or outsourcing some of the bigger tasks. For instance, booking a venue, finding a good photographer, and inquiring with a florist can all be tedious, time-consuming tasks that can only add more to your list. Instead, asking your maid of honor or a family member for help can allow you to focus on the things that are more important to you — like building your guest list or finding the perfect dress. Hiring a wedding planner is another way to outsource these tasks: they can help to reduce your anxiety as they have experience in handling hard to navigate situations (such as setting up the venue, or scheduling with vendors).
A long engagement?
While a long engagement period might not sound ideal to many couples — especially if you’re looking to get married quickly — there are significant benefits in taking your time. A longer engagement takes much of the pressure — and stress — out of the equation, as you can space out your planning over a period of months (or longer), allowing you to relax and do things in your own time. In doing so, you can plan for exactly what you want out of your wedding day, such as booking a popular venue for a specific date, getting the right dress, or perfecting your guest list. You’ll also avoid unnecessary splurges on those pressured, last minute purchases.
Planning a wedding is a large undertaking for anyone, and it can prove to be quite stressful. It’s important to take care of your mental health by giving yourself time through having a longer engagement or by outsourcing tasks to a wedding planner.