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5 Ways to Relieve Wedding Stress

If you are getting married soon and experiencing stress from planning the big day, you are not alone. This is a momentous occasion, so it's normal to be a bit jittery. But with a few simple steps, you can avoid stress and enjoy your big day. Here are five ways to relieve your wedding stress.

  1. Start early.

    It’s easy to procrastinate when you want to plan your wedding. However, the longer you wait, the more mistakes will be made. Instead, once you set a date, start your planning immediately. For starters, choose your location and write out your guest list. You will avoid problems you would have encountered if you'd rushed the process at the end.

  2. Pare down your guest list.

    While it can be tempting to invite everyone you've ever met to your celebration, keep your guest list short. Don’t invite old friends from a job you had 10 years ago, unless you stay in contact with these people. If you invite too many people, you will suffer more stress and spend more money.

  3. Ask for help.

    It’s difficult to ask for help, but when you are getting married, you need to talk to your friends and family. Simply ask them for help and they will respond with support. Whether you need someone to order catering or send out your invitations, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

  4. Don’t fret about the dress code.

    While you're likely excited about wearing a dazzling gown, your groom and his groomsmen may not be thrilled about dressing up. It could be personal preference or simply that some young people don’t own ties or expensive suits. To avoid personal conflicts and the stress that accompanies them, consider making the dress code less formal. Do not, however, bail on your dream dress; try to find a middle ground.

  5. Never fear change.

    When planning for a wedding, it’s easy to go overboard. If you are stressed out, consider toning things down or making small changes. Luckily, when you simplify the schedule, you can still have fun and not worry about stressing out. Remember, this is your big day.

Last Updated: February 10, 2016