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  • Writer's pictureKamla-Kay McKenzie

3 tips to reduce wedding planning stress

The number one question that I get the moment someone hears that I am recently engaged is "So do you have a wedding date yet?"

It is seemingly such a simple, innocent question yet the pressure to have everything outlined and already in order can certainly feel daunting.

From the realization and excitement that you are taking that leap to be in a union and all the changes that will come with such a partnership to the reality that unless you go the courthouse route, there will be a litany of boxes that need to be checked as you plan.

I am finding that as I begin the planning process, as much as I keep saying that I am not going to stress and will just go with the flow, the most minor of details can bring up emotions of frustration, disappointment or even tension.

So in a resolve to make wedding planning a positive process that can be enjoyed, these are the tips that I am finding as the best way to manage the stress.

1) Let go of control - No one wants a bridezilla

I know, this is your 1 day, my 1 day. The day some may have dreamt of their entire lives. We want everything to be perfect, for everything to be as it was on our vision board or in the latest Bridal Magazine.

For me personally, it has been a challenge picking a date that fits around a few criteria we desired. When we finally did pick a date, we realized it fell in the heart of spring break and the traffic at our location was guaranteed to be a zoo.

Living in Florida we felt limited to certain months out of the year so we were rather disappointed at the thought of needing to change the date. So despite going back and forth on a suitable replacement date and wanting to control the date to avoid Spring Break traffic, to avoid possible rain, a possible hurricane and all else involved in the inevitably Florida weather patterns, I realized there would always be "something" that would be out of my control.