I’m a certified health and nutrition coach with an obsession for croissants and muffins and a passion for helping Brides-to-be, MOBs, and Bridesmaids feel beautiful and confident on the special day they're a part of.
Are you feeling breathless, your heart pounding while your mind is working non-stop to get everything prepped and ready before you say I do? Everyone likes to talk about how exciting wedding planning is, and while some people might bring up just how stressful it can all be, not many will talk about how they worked through all the pressure. Wedding anxiety can hit you when you least expect it, but your journey to walking down the aisle doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Here are three bride-approved steps to take the stress out of wedding planning.
Nail Down the Budget
When I talk to brides-to-be, one of the biggest wedding stress triggers they mention is deciding on a budget and, most importantly, finding ways to stick to it throughout the planning process. The urge to procrastinate may be super strong, but setting expectations and creating a detailed budget far in advance will do wonders when it comes to avoiding wedding anxiety.
The first step is to grab a piece of paper to brainstorm with your partner about what is essential and what is nice to have. Consider your savings and any extra financial contributions before you start breaking it down into categories to see where the money will go. As you begin planning, keep track of your expenses and, most importantly, leave at least 5% to spare in case of an emergency!
Set Emotional Boundaries
The days leading up to the wedding can be incredibly stressful when you’re surrounded by people with different expectations. Whether it is with family or friends, it is incredibly important to set healthy emotional boundaries.
Everyone will have an opinion on what’s best for the wedding but in the end, only the two of you know what feels right. Sit down with your fiance and make a game plan on how to approach these situations and practice saying “no” and following through with your decisions. Worst case scenario, keep them distracted, and hey, maybe they can cross off one more thing on your to-do list!
Put Things Into Perspective
When tensions are running high, it’s always good to take a step back and look at the big picture. Will the color of your bridesmaid dresses truly ruin the wedding? At the end of the day, remember that no matter what decisions were made or what events happened leading up to the big day all that truly matters is your partner standing across from you when you say those magical words “I do”.
Take it One Day at a Time
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your wedding! Take it one step and one day at a time, and before you know it, you’ll be jetting off to your honeymoon. Do you have a tip that you’d like to share with future brides-to-be? Comment down below, and let’s get a list going!
Stephanie began her fitness journey of training women in 2014 as a yoga teacher. As a certified personal trainer and certified health coach, she has since grown her bridal fitness programs for women internationally. Stephanie works with brides and helps them look and feel their best for their big day. Her programs are accessible through her app, from fitness to nutrition, all for brides-to-be! Ready to feel confident in your wedding dress? Get the free Bridal Arms Mini Guide!
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