Don’t Panic, But You’re Going to Freak Out!

Planning a wedding is stressful, and even if you think you have everything under control, you are going to freak out at some point. Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. Stress is completely normal during the wedding planing process, as are a few “freak-out” moments.

Here’s our handy guide to managing your emotions before the big day!

Step One: Communicate your worries and wins 

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There’s a lot that goes into pulling off your dream wedding. You have vendors left, right and centre and payments popping up faster than RSVPs! To keep your head on straight, keep track of everything on hand-written to-do lists (sometimes the act of writing, pen to paper, is calming) and most importantly go over everything with your soon-to-be spouse.

If you are stressed about the bar tab for 200 guests, discuss cash bar alternatives or limited drink menus. Once you finalize a step, celebrate it and bask in your success. The more you focus on wins the less you’ll obsess over worries. 

Step Two: Reach out when you downward spiral 

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You just can’t get the tables to come together and people keep making special requests. You parents don’t want to sit with this aunt or uncle and you can’t put those friends together because they recently separated. Yikes! It can seem like there’s no way out and before you know it you’re yelling at the venue attendant because he didn’t follow the drawing you sent him.

Calm down and call your person. Maybe that’s your mom, maybe it’s your maid-of-honour or maybe it’s your fiancé. Talk it through, realize it’s not as bad as it seems and breathe your way through it until you’re level-headed again. 

Step Three: Focus on the moment and forget the plan 

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The day of your wedding will go nothing like you planned, I hate to break it to you. As an obsessive planner, I couldn’t fathom how anything could slip through my grasp, but alas, it did. Rain ruins photoshoot locations. DJs don’t always play the songs you specifically request. Last minute wedding dress alterations that look good at first seem botched in photos.

None of this matters in the end as long as you focus on the moment and your feelings during every step of your wedding day. Anytime you feel stress creeping up or if anything runs behind schedule, just take a step back and tell yourself, “it doesn’t matter what I had planned for today, this is it, it’s happening this way and there’s nothing I can do about it, so I better enjoy it as much as possible.” 

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3 Keys to a Stress Free Wedding

Planning a wedding is stressful, and even if you think you have everything under control, you’re going to freak out at some point, as in big time break down. But don’t panic, that doesn’t mean your wedding won’t be picture perfect. That just means things will be a little messy behind the scenes.

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We’ve got you covered. Here’s our handy guide to manage your emotions before the big day! (From a bride who completely lost her cool the day before her wedding).

Step One: Don’t leave too much for the day before

There are loads of brides who get the whole family together to make floral centrepieces the night before the wedding. That’s great for the budget, but not so much for your mental health. Rushing to get things done the night before is a pretty clear sign you’ll start to panic. 

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Getting married, no matter how confident you are in your partner and your relationship, is a big deal. You’re bound to have a “whoa, what is happening” moment at some point during the planning. The closer you get to the wedding, the more likely that moment creeps up on you. 

The key is to try and plan a relaxing day before the wedding so as to avoid any unnecessary meltdowns. 

Step Two: Spend time with others 

If you have a million thoughts and worries racing through your mind, the best thing is to sit down with friends and family and talk. Whether you’re at the nail salon, getting ready for the wedding, or if you’re going out to lunch, just find time to breathe and relax. 

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The more time you spend with others the less time you’ll spend freaking out alone inside your mind. 

Step Three: Disaster Control 

If and when the freak out happens (in my case I was at a gas station the day before my wedding) make sure you get it out of your system. If you want to cry, cry. No one is judging you, you’re in the midst of a whirlwind of emotions. Just make sure you talk it out with your partner to make sure there are no lingering anxieties after the fact. He’ll forgive you for your gas station meltdown, make sure you forgive yourself as well. 

And on the big beautiful important day, no one will know what happened before you walk down aisle, so enjoy the moment! 

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