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Getting ready for the big day, and need to lose a few pounds to look perfect in your dress or tux? This section provides you the resources you need to lose weight before a wedding.

How to Plan a Stress-Free Wedding Day

From finding the perfect dress to organizing the reception and everything small and large in between, there is no denying wedding stress occurs in many future brides. Learn how to not stress and be stress-free leading up to your big day!

How to Plan a Stress-Free Wedding Day


10 Tips to Stay Stress-Free Before Your Wedding

1. Stay Organized
Or at least as much possible... Staying organized can help keep you on track of all the wedding details. Create a schedule and timeline to reflect the tasks needed done, along with making a checklist, using labels, designating people for duties as needed.

2. Plan A Practical Budget
Weddings can be expensive. And while you may want your big day to be and look perfect, it is important to plan a practical budget. Stay on budget by tracking the numbers, considering hidden and extra costs, and expecting to go over. Also start saving as soon as you are engaged, along with identifying whether or not certain family members are making a contribution. Mind more financial assistance with this wedding budget 101 guide provided by The Knot.

3. Allow Freedom
Though staying on some sort of schedule and budget is advantageous, also allow freedom and flexibility, things are likely to not go as smoothly as planned. So simply take a deep breath, control the task as you can, and experience and learn from the mishap.

4. Remember Your Companion
Amidst the stress, frustration, and worry, your relationship unintentionally been placed on the backburner. But remember, your companion has been there through thick and thin, so allow and look to their support during the wedding stress.

5. Practice Yoga
The practice of yoga and meditation can deter that wedding stress, significantly, particularly by initiating relaxation, lowering anxiety, enhancing mood, and improving sleep quality. But along with the mental advantages, yoga does demonstrate physical benefits to the body, including muscle strength, weight reduction and maintenance, and cardiovascular health.

6. Use Essential Oils
Also known as aromatherapy, the use of certain essential oils can alleviate stress. Lavender oil may reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and tension. Spray on pillows or other preferred areas to induce relaxation. Grapefruit and basil is a great combination for relaxation after a hard day at work, while chamomile and jasmine have also been proven to induce relaxation.

7. Find Support in Others
Bottling up feelings can likely cause an explosive, frantic scene. So rather than planning a wedding as a single or power-duo act, find support in others. Delegate tasks amongst family and friends as needed, along with talking through the stress and pressures of wedding planning.

8. Take Control of Your Health
Do not let the wedding stress get the best of your health, as doing so can pack on unwanted weight and only exacerbate stress. Take control of your health by consuming a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and sleeping the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. The changes to do not have to overwhelming, either; simply take a walk on your lunch break, prepare more meals at home (Hello, saved money!), and schedule workout classes with your loved one.

9. Acknowledge the Nerves
Though society perpetrates perfect wedding stories, they may often disregard the stress and nerves that often come along with them. But when snapping back into reality, it is certainly okay to feel jittery during this significant time! Acknowledge your nerves, create a proactive game plan, and move on.

10. Pamper Yourself
While you may feel as you do not have the time to even think of yourself during the wedding planning, it is imperative to allow yourself that "you" time. Take an afternoon off or schedule a way to pamper yourself, including with a massage or nail appointment. Doing so can hinder stress and offer a mental reset.

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on April 17, 2018. Updated on October 24, 2019.

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