How to Cope with Wedding Planning Anxiety

A wedding to-do list can seem quite overwhelming. Whether the stress circles around planning vendor meetings, family dynamics, or budgeting dilemmas, wedding anxiety is a real thing.

If your feelings are overwhelming and you are unable to cope, seek professional assistance. If you simply need tips on how to calm your nerves and keep your planning on track, here is some guidance to help along the way.

Acknowledge, then manage.
First, acknowledge your stress! Determine what are your triggers and where they stem from. Are you nervous about family dynamics, budget, everything running smoothly, how you can manage your time, or even a mix of all these elements?

Start managing this stress with a positive mindset. If there’s a problem, you can still work to fix it. If there’s a solution, it can be found. But be realistic and honest with yourself and your partner about your expectations. Then take a deep breath and work through each item one by one. Start with the triggers that are most important to you. And, if necessary, set appropriate boundaries.

The truth is, some of your triggers may be seen as monsters to you, but when you really think about it, you may find they aren’t really all that scary after all. Perhaps you’re a perfectionist who wants a flawless wedding day. But don’t forget to think about your guests and what they’ll actually notice if your plan goes awry. Perhaps you are nervous about your timetable. Then set aside some amount of time every day or week for wedding planning can help you achieve a better life-balance. Rationalize and tackle each trigger item until you have perspective or an action plan in place. Taking power over each scenario will help you feel more in control.

Seek support from your inner circle.
Next, talk to your partner about the stress you are feeling. This is a kick-start for your life together and a great time to begin working through tough situations as a couple, even if the conversations are difficult. Outline your values and create a mutual understanding over how to set priorities or define boundaries. Decide and ask for what you need personally to find the energy to tackle a seemingly overwhelming to-do list together.

If you have a maid-of-honor and trusting wedding party, then they are your support. If you don’t, then now is the time to make your selections and ask for help. Your friends and family are there to help you organize, plan and offer moral support.

Take a step back.
It’s always good to take a break once in awhile to clear your head and regroup. Concentrate on other aspects of your life like family, friends, or work that have fallen by the wayside. Plan a spa day, get a manicure, or find time to exercise. It is possible that you could just need a break.

Lastly, plan a date night with your partner and try not to discuss the wedding at all. Click here to see how planning a date night may just be the stress-reliever you need.

The Latest in Wedding Registry Trends

The evolution of wedding registries has been ongoing for decades. We have found that the more things change, the more they stay the same. While couples used to spend hours selecting crystal and fine China, now they are focused on finding items that show off their personality and add meaning to the home.

Make a statement.
Adding household items to your registry will never go out of style, but couples are now elevating these selections to high-end pieces that spark conversation and stand out from the ordinary. Quality is customary when picking decorations or items to entertain guests, yet the statement is what matters most. Couples want their house to be reflection of their relationship. Items like furniture, art and décor all reflect the couple’s personality. As the saying goes, “a room is a reflection of the people who live there”.

Items for travel.
Following two years of isolation and social distancing, couples are now eager to travel and create memories abroad. Vacation plans are ramping up across the globe as people try to make up for lost time. Luggage accessories, items that create comfortable flights, and even cash donation pages are showing up on wedding registries everywhere as couples are excited to put travel plans into motion.

Creating memories.
One of the best ways to ensure a long and happy relationship is by regularly doing things together as a couple. Being gifted a cooking course, dance class, photography session, or couples massage can bond newlyweds in a way that material items never will accomplish. Therefore, experiences are now becoming popular gifts for the bride and groom. Many couples want to keep the romance alive by scheduling frequent date nights. The goal is to continue connecting even after the honeymoon stage has ended.

If you are interested in traditions registry ideas or finding practical items to include, click here.