Don't Neglect Self Care When Planning Your Wedding!
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Calling all brides to be. Put down the wedding planner, step away from the spreadsheet, and take some time out.
Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, especially when also trying to balance a full time job, a social life, and a relationship with the lovely person you’ve chosen to walk down the aisle with.
So, if you want to be more blushing bride than bridezilla when the big day comes, we urge you to take care of yourself, by taking some of these tips to heart.
Take some time off
No, we don’t mean from your office job, although wouldn’t that be nice? It’s important to take at least two days off from wedding planning per week, to allow your brain and body the chance to relax and recharge. No calling the florist with yet another amendment, no scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram, and no triple checking the delivery time on your shapewear tank. Time off really does mean time off!
Instead, use the time to do something you used to love before the wedding planning started. This doesn’t have to be extravagant, as we know that every single penny will most likely be going towards the wedding or honeymoon. A simple walk in the park with your hubby-to-be, a relaxing bath, take-out and a Netflix series, a sleepover with your best gal pals – the list is endless.
Nobody needs to tell us twice!
Again, pampering yourself doesn’t have to mean heading to a luxury spa and spending hundreds of dollars on a deep tissue massage. Something as simple as a bubble bath with your favorite glass of wine, a face mask, some relaxing music, and a juicy book is all it takes to feel relaxed and pampered.
Where possible, delegate those mundane wedding tasks.
We appreciate that handing over control of your one special day is easier said than done, but finding someone you trust to take over some wedding duties will be a huge help. Even something as simple as replying to emails and leaving voicemails will free up a lot more of your time than you would imagine, leaving you more time to make the bigger and more important decisions. And don’t feel like you are being bossy – your bridesmaids would be honored to help. That’s what they’re here for!
Couples can get so caught up in the planning, they forget the reason they’re getting hitched in the first place.
It’s important to spend some quality time together to remember why the wedding is happening.
Leave your wedding planning troubles behind and book a luxurious last-minute weekend getaway. The location doesn’t matter, but if you can relax in the sun and catch some rays to achieve a natural wedding glow, even better!
Date nights a little closer to home shouldn’t be overlooked, either. A fine wine tasting is a great activity for couples wanting to unwind, as is getting dressed up and treating yourselves to prime seats for your favorite shows. Front row at Hamilton? Don’t mind if we do!
Don’t neglect the girls! Your man is important, but so are your girls who were around long before your fiancé was on the scene.
There’s something great about getting dressed up and going for cocktails with the girls like the good old days. As is going to yoga classes with your girlfriends, shopping, brunch, or just having adult sleepovers!
Exercise the stress away
Let those endorphins work their magic!
It’s no secret that exercise is a great way to combat stress, so find something that works for you and stick with it. Bonus points if you have a killer playlist to listen to, to take your mind off the wedding planning stress and fuel your workout at the same time.
You’ve probably adapted your eating habits in the lead-up to the wedding. However, brides sometimes take it too far and actually deprive their bodies of essential nutrients, which can have the opposite effect.
Make sure you are getting the right amount of protein, good fats, and vitamins from your diet; and if needed, take some additional supplements too. Eating the wrong thing can make you sluggish – which won’t help with wedding planning – and can even make you look more tired and bloated.