10 Tips For Combating Wedding Stress!
Many times, brides and grooms experience different kinds of stress. Brides
are usually more emotional about the wedding plans and grooms can be more
concerned about, or "stressed out" about money. Whether you are a
bride or a groom, it is a time where all kinds of stress can manifest itself.
Here are a few tips:
1) Expect that there will be stress
in planning your wedding. Why? There are a lot of decisions to be made, many
details to be worked out, and others may want, or try to influence you. That
is not bad or wrong, it just requires that you and your fiancé be aware of
what is really happening. Try to respond to issues and avoid reacting to
2) One of the greatest challenges facing brides and grooms is their
feelings of wanting to satisfy everyone. There are so many people
involved - family, friends and relatives. Setting realistic expectations
is very important.
3) Don't expect perfection. Expect a "terrific" day.
Setting expectations that are too high will create stress and lead to
frustration, and then more stress.
4) Feeling stressed about certain elements of the wedding such as,
saying your wedding vows or your first dance? Then, visualize the
event. Spend some quiet time alone, relax and really visualize in your mind
the events going smoothly. Do this exercise several times a day if you need
5) One of the best ways to combat stress is to
things start getting out of control - STOP. Take a break and go to the gym
or go for a brisk walk.
6) There are always some people (relatives or friends) that know how
to "push your buttons". When you are feeling very stressed… be
sure to stay away from or at least limit your time with these people.
7) Wedding planning can cause a great deal of stress between the
bride and the groom. Individually, they should be aware of their thresholds
for stress, and how much stress they can handle in a given time period.
If you notice that one of you is nearing your "threshold", then
take a short break from your wedding planning and do something fun together.
8) Parents can also experience wedding stress as their children get
married and leave "the nest". This is commonly referred to as
"separation anxiety". It can be a time of great anxiety for
the parents which can then create stress and highly emotional issues for the
bride and groom. Being aware of what is happening, REALLY happening, is a
big part of dealing and managing stress.
9) Time pressure can cause a great deal of stress. Don’t try and do
everything yourself. Delegate as much as you can to others. Use the
10) Are you and your fiancé arguing more than normal? Realize
that this is normal because you are spending more time on wedding
planning versus spending time on your relationship. That's why it is so
important to take time away from wedding planning and spend time with each
other. A romantic dinner, a bike ride -- whatever you both like to do
together (just don't discuss the wedding plans!)
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