TO the Feathered Arrow blog. I'M Kari! A WEDDING PLANNER, PODCAST HOST, BIZ EDUCATOR, AND A LOVER OF COFFEE, ALL THINGS OUTDOORS + A SUCKER FOR A GOOD LOVE STORY.
Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the world of wedding planning! Now that you have told your friends and family, it’s time to start planning the details of your special day. For some brides, planning their wedding has been a lifelong dream. They already know what style dress they want, what picturesque venue to choose, etc. Other brides might have an idea, but plan to figure out the details along the way. Either way, the wedding planning process can be both exciting and stressful. Here are a few tips on how to remain stress free, and create healthy habits while wedding planning!
You’ve said “yes” to your partner, so now the next step is to find your venue and set your wedding date. Once you have those details locked down, you can then send out save the dates, meet with potential vendors, and start thinking about your guest list and seating chart. Creating a timeline with your wedding planner will be extremely helpful for you to stay on track with tasks. Share your timeline with your wedding party so they can stay organized and be ready to help out!
When you’re feeling your best on the inside it usually shows on the outside as increased confidence! So, to keep it simple, if you eat right, you’re going to feel right. For most of us, changing our diets can be hard and seem overwhelming. Start with small steps and begin altering your diet in the ways that make the most sense. This could involve meal prepping your lunches or throwing a healthy recipe in the crockpot for dinner. If you’re new to the world of nutrition, consider a program that provides a flexible and realistic diet plan for you to follow and learn from. Planning ahead is a good way to ensure your body is getting essential nutrients and prevents you from grabbing unhealthy options. That way, you don’t have to spend too much time thinking about your meals throughout the day. Plus, it will make sure you’re eating right and staying on track with your fitness goals.
Remember to breathe! Sounds cliche, right? However, remembering to slow down can have a significant impact on your stress. Between vendor meetings, constant emails and phone calls, wedding planning is a lot to manage and can consume your thoughts. This becomes dangerous because it may negatively impact your enjoyment of this process and mentality.
Be sure to slow down, clear your thoughts, and just focus on your breathing. Controlled breathing has been proven to reduce stress and lower anxiety. Your wedding will come together no matter what, so it is important to check-in with yourself throughout the process!
I hear you: I just drank three iced coffees, why do I need water? In a world filled with delicious lattes, pressed juices, and wine, it can be easy to forget to drink water. This tip might be small, but it’s one of the easiest to follow and arguably the most beneficial for reducing stress and maintaining healthy habits while wedding planning.
First and foremost, our bodies are composed of about 70% water. Consistently drinking water throughout your day allows your body to flush out toxins and give you a boost of energy. Your skin complexion will improve and you will be able to maintain or lose weight. Make a conscious effort to drink a glass of water when you wake up, or purchase a water bottle to carry with you throughout your day. If you’re still struggling with daily water intake, download an app to remind you when to hydrate every hour!
If there is one wedding planning tip you should always remember, it’s to not be afraid to ask for help. Wedding planning can feel like a full-time job in addition to your already packed daily routine. Every now and then it’s okay to admit that you’re overwhelmed and could use some assistance. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, weddings aren’t planned in a day! Reach out to others for advice or delegate tasks that you might not be able to accomplish on your own. You’ll be surprised to see how eager others will be to help you organize the details that guests might not get to see!
Planning your wedding can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be enjoyable. You and your partner are about to celebrate this next exciting chapter with friends and family! There is going to be so much joy and happiness that putting together the details of your special day will be worth it. Remember to take a moment to yourself, find a consistent health routine so you can feel your best, and reach out to others when you feel overwhelmed. If you want to know the steps to take once you get engaged, check out my posts here and here!