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8 Practical Ways to Stress Less Before your Wedding

There’s no doubt about it; wedding planning can quickly become a stressful experience. Which is a little crazy when you consider that this should be one of the happiest celebrations of your entire life!

One piece of advice that we often hear from recently married couples is to stress less, relax, and take it all in. But when you’re right in the midst of wedding planning, this can feel easier said than done. So, we thought we’d share some practical tips and proven strategies to help you reduce stress and alleviate anxiety before the big day.

From email organisation to pre-wedding pampering, keep reading for 8 ways to stay cool, calm and collected throughout your planning!

 

1. GET ORGANISED

Good organisation is key when it comes to a stress-free planning experience. Take a streamlined approach to your planning by creating a separate email address for all of your wedding-related admin from the very beginning. This way, you can easily keep track of the different quotes, invoices and supplier correspondence along the way. A separate email address will also help you switch off from the wedding admin when you need a break! The same rule applies with any physical documents like contracts, business cards, wedding notes and inspiration – keep everything together in one folder, so you can access them easily when needed.

 

2. CREATE A TIMELINE

Is there anything more unsettling than feeling like you’ve forgotten something, but not knowing exactly what? To prevent any last-minute panic, take some time to write down all of your upcoming wedding tasks and create a timeline of when each one needs to be done. Having a timeline to follow will help you feel calm and in control, allowing you to tick each task off your list without accidentally overlooking anything.

Photo credit: MNDY Photography

 

3. CONSIDER A WEDDING PLANNER

If you’re someone who gets stressed easily or has limited time to plan your big day, a wedding planner might just be your saving grace! Hiring a wedding planner will take a huge weight off your shoulders and allow you to spend more time enjoying your wedding prep, knowing that the finer details are being taken care of.

Most wedding planners will offer different packages depending on your needs – whether you want somebody to organise the entire event from beginning to end, or simply need some extra hands to take care of set-up and coordination on the day.

 

4. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SUPPLIERS

From your venue to your celebrant and photographer, good communication with all of your wedding suppliers is another essential tip to help you stress less before the big event! Make sure all of your suppliers are crystal clear on your wedding day details, such as bump-in and bump-out times, best point of contact on the day, venue access and wet-weather backup plans. You might want to create a “master run sheet” with everyone’s contact details and a timeline of the day, to ensure all of your suppliers have the same information.

 

5. TREAT YOURSELF

Don’t forget to take some time for self-care and stress relief by treating yourself before the big day! Indulge in a spa session with your bridesmaids (we love the Halcyon Spa in Cabarita), start taking weekly yoga classes, practice meditation and get a good skincare regime started. Taking a few moments out of each week leading up to your wedding to “switch off” is essential, so make it a priority by scheduling some dedicated rest and relaxation time.

Photo credit: Halcyon House

 

6. DELEGATE TASKS

Nobody wants to become a Bridezilla, but we reckon delegating tasks is absolutely a-okay (and sometimes completely necessary for your own sanity!). You’d be surprised how many friends and family members are more than willing to lend a helping hand for those smaller jobs on your to-do list, both before and during the big day. Tasks like picking up your wedding dress, posting your invitations, delivering goods to the venue or assisting with setup can be an absolute lifesaver when you’re feeling overwhelmed, so don’t be afraid to reach out to trusted loved ones for help when you need it.

 

7. SURROUND YOURSELF IN CALM

It’s been proven that our surrounding environment can have a huge impact on our mood and stress levels. So on the morning of your wedding, create a calming space to help you start your day on a relaxed note. Diffuse some lavender oil (and pop a few drops on your pillow the night before), drink a cup of peppermint tea, and create a “getting ready” playlist filled with your favourite feel-good tracks.

 

8. SCHEDULE SOME COUPLE TIME

Our final tip – make sure you schedule some “couple time” during your wedding celebrations to soak it all in with your brand new hubby or wife! Your wedding day will absolutely fly by, so don’t forget to take a few quiet moments together to simply enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You might be able to get some ideas over on our guide!

Photos credit: Tweed Coast Guide

 

Want more wedding planning tips? Our recent Real Weddings are filled with words of wisdom and practical advice from newlyweds. See more via our Tweed Coast Weddings blog to get inspired for your own big day!

 

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