Wedding planning can be pretty stressful. In fact, weddings rank as one of the most stressful events in life. It’s no surprise that frazzled brides to be can become more than a little overwhelmed as the big day approaches.
Although it can feel a little like the world is against you and you will never find the time to organise all the little things, try and take a step back, breathe and remember to take care of number one – you! These are the three things brides may have overlooked during wedding planning.
All those late nights poring over Pinterest or painstakingly attempting to redo the seating plan so that everyone attending is happy with who they are sat with can really take its toll on your health. Burning the candle at both ends can seem necessary, but keep going for too long and you are likely to burn out and then you’ll be no use to anybody. In order to prevent too many late night planning sessions, accept offers of help and delegate jobs to others.
It is also useful to put the jobs you have left to do down in writing so that you can see them all in black and white and can prioritise accordingly. Take regular breaks from planning, remember to practise self-care and be kind to yourself if you run behind schedule.
Don’t forget to get some early nights and if things do get on top of you, make sure you talk to your partner or a close friend. A problem shared is a problem halved and your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
At the end of the day nobody is really going to notice if you decide to forgo the basket of flip flops for tired feet. Your guests are there to celebrate your big day not for the added extras.
No, I’m not talking about the self-imposed no carb style regime you may have read about in the magazines. One of the easiest things to neglect when deep in wedding planning mode is eating a nutritious healthy diet. Fuelling your body is important and the heady mixture of late night planning sessions and the bridal body mentality can have a negative impact on your wellbeing.
Although it might seem tempting to skip breakfast and stay at your desk with a sandwich whilst ticking off wedding admin tasks during your lunch break, it is doing more harm than good in the long run. Crash diets inevitably result in weight gain once you come back off of them and it is much healthier and sensible to keep yourself hydrated and stick to healthy, wholesome foods in the lead up to your wedding day.
Heavy gym sessions can also be a bad idea, especially if coupled with a low calorie diet, the combination of which can result in light headedness and nausea, not something a bride wants. Moderate exercise and plenty of walks in the fresh air will have you feeling both mentally and physically fit for your wedding day and beyond.
Yes, believe it or not, wedding planning, something which is about bringing a couple closer together can actually lead to arguments and feeling further apart. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of solely focusing on the wedding rather than the commitment of spending your lives together.
Wedding planning can sometimes feel very one-sided and isolating if your partner isn’t as interested in the details but it is important to work together to avoid tension and resentment. Try and schedule in regular date nights where talk of the wedding is kept to a minimum with the focus on your relationship and other things going on in your lives.
Remember that although the wedding is taking up most of your time and attention right now, once it’s over you will be married and have so many other milestones to look forward to together.