Are you spending at least part of 2013 planning your wedding? If so, you don’t need anyone to tell you that wedding planning is one of the most stressful experiences of your life – but it’s also among the most rewarding. If you’re able to stay on track with wedding planning, you can minimize some of your stress by following through with these five New Year’s resolutions.
Get organized – and stay that way. Whether you’ve started your wedding planning or you’re in the middle of it, you’re going to forget something important if you’re not organized.
Everyone has different methods for organization and how you organize isn’t as important as actually doing it. You can combine the following methods:
· Pen and paper organization.
· Hard copy book.
· Digital – consider Google’s free wedding planning tool to collaborate with others, create a wedding website and share content. It integrates with existing free Google tools like Google Calendar.
Keep appointments. Food tastings, alterations, touring venues – it’s a lot to manage. Don’t overbook yourself and focus on keeping your appointments to avoid procrastination. Use technology such as automated email alerts and smartphone alarms to set reminders for yourself (and your fiancé and wedding party if necessary).
Slay deadlines. Set deadlines for all selections and ordering and stick to them. You know how great it feels to meet or beat a deadline at work? It feels even better when you beat deadlines related to your wedding. When creating deadlines, always assume someone else might mess up. Perhaps a bridesmaid won’t order her dress on time or a particular venue takes time to return your calls. You’ll be more likely to succeed if you can keep as much of the planning process within your control as possible.
Stay on budget. As you get organized, make sure to stay conscious of your budget. How much are you budgeting for each area of your wedding? For most couples, the costs of venues, photography and videography are typically the most expensive (and the hardest to book), so start there and work your way down.
Relax! Stress will only set you back, especially if it causes you to get sick. Whether it’s a weekend at the spa or a coffee break with your closest friend, don’t forget to allow time for yourself to relax. Resolve to make it a priority for your mental and physical health as well as the overall success of the wedding.
If you can keep on track with your wedding planning, you’ll be less likely to adapt bridezilla habits. Avoid the freak out and the meltdown with proper planning, which will allow you to remember that a wedding lasts a day and a marriage lasts a lifetime.