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:
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 things.
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.
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.
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 to!
One of the best ways to combat stress
is to exercise. When things start getting
out of control - STOP. Take a break and go to the gym
or go for a brisk walk.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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