wedding stress relief

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As your wedding nears, your stress level takes a leap.

It becomes very difficult to savor your last few months of single life when you've got too many responsibilities and not enough time. Many of the duties such as choosing wedding attire, the florist, and decorating land on the bride's list.

With this in mind, it's no doubt that planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful things you can experience. Don't let the duties overwhelm you. This article will outline some great tips for you to ease up on yourself and take pleasure in the small things that often go unnoticed when you've got too much on your to-do list.

set your budget

And stick to it as closely as possible. From the engagement party to the wedding reception, avoid overspending. You're not going to appreciate starting married life buried in credit card debt, so set limits. Divide expenses and decide on the amount of money you're willing to spend on each one. Shop around and look for freebies. For example, you can often get the groom's tuxedo for free if you order the attendant's attire from the same place.

make to-do lists

And share them. By making lists, you're acknowledging what you need to get accomplished. Underline everything on the list that is an absolute MUST and do those things first. Usually, these are the most difficult duties and are best accomplished early on. Just by having a to-do list, you reduce the stress of trying to remember everything and ensure you won't forget the most important things that need attention.

be organized

Whether it's planning the menu with the caterer or party favors for the reception, arranging things in an organized manner will make the jobs easier to tackle. Think ahead and plan your errands by location so you're not running back and forth to different areas backtracking what you missed the first time.

Give your fiancé involved. Remind him that it's his special day too, and you want him to be part of the planning process. Tell him you value his opinion and you want to begin married life with decisions made together. Start learning to compromise now.

get help

For immediate wedding stress relief, distribute some tasks on your to-do lists to friends and family members. You probably won't receive much help if you don't ask, so don't be shy. Tell the family that you want your wedding day to be enjoyable for everyone, but it's going to have to be a group effort.

If you're taking a day to organize decorations and party favors yourself, ask for assistance. Most of your friends will be willing to lend a hand if you make it fun. Have some goodies available to reward them for their efforts and let them know how much you appreciate their help.

pamper yourself

The days leading up to your wedding are the most stressful, so make time for yourself. Find some solitude in a warm bubble bath and relax. Trigger your senses with aromatic potpourri and scented candles. Kick back and listen to soothing classical music and take a cat nap if necessary.

Plan a day or just several hours only for yourself. Get your hair cut, have a massage, paint your nails and catch up on current events. This will do wonders for your stress level and self esteem.

Keep your diet healthy and don't skip meals. Drink plenty of water and avoid foods that cause gas and bloating. You'll feel and sleep better.

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Learn to meditate. There are CD's and audio files with relaxing sounds and music. Some have instructions for meditation. The knowledge you gain is useful in life and will be valuable beyond your wedding day.