The week leading up to a wedding can absolutely be stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be. At the end of the day, your wedding day is party to celebrate a new phase of your life with all of your friends and family. For many, if you already live with your significant other not much changes after the wedding.
Take Care of You. Before anything else, make sure you take care of you in the couple of weeks leading up to your wedding. This should be a time you enjoy. Find small ways to treat yourself. Get a massage or a facial. Go on an extra long walk. Take an hour to watch trash TV. Whatever makes you feel good and like you, take some time to do it. Schedule it into you day, everyday.
Make a Checklist (or Two or Three). If you are anything like me, a checklist makes me feel so much more sane and in control. In the weeks leading up to your big day, make some checklists. A list of the final tasks you need to do, the things you need to bring to the wedding venue, the decor you are supplying for the different wedding events, etc. Having these will help you feel assured that you aren’t forgetting anything. It may feel like a pain to create these at the time, but it will be worth it in the long run!
Daily Gratitudes. The time leading up to your wedding should be exciting and stress should be at a minimum. Take some time each day to write down what you are thankful for and what you are excited for. Remind yourself of how good you have it and why you are so excited for this day.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate. Your mom, sister, best friend and bridesmaids are there for a reason! They most likely want to help you, so take advantage of that! Give them tasks small or large to make your life easier and make them feel more involved in the goings on. This can even be a list of items you include in one of those checklists from above.
Create and Stick to a Schedule. This may not be for everyone, but even a general schedule can make you feel more sane. Each day figure out what you need to accomplish and put a general plan into place. This will help you stay on track and make sure nothing gets forgotten.
Don’t let your wedding be something you look back on as a stressful moment in your life. Enjoy this time. Find ways to make it special. This is one of the most important days in your life, make the most of it. Until next time, friends… CML