Wedding planning can cause a lot of stress, and the effects of the pressure can often produce what is referred to as “Bridezilla”, a terrifying creature that can hardly be recognised by friends, family or even yourself. Here are some useful tips for noticing the signs and avoiding the symptoms.
1. Remember What it’s All About
A wedding is a huge event, but it is only for one day. None of your guests are going to notice if you had to compromise on your choice of flower, colour of tablecloths, or font for the invitations. They’re there to celebrate with you and your partner as you close one chapter of your life and go on to another.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Let Go
Whilst the wedding itself is just for one day, planning it can take months or even years, depending on when you set the date. If you find yourself stressing, micro-managing or generally overwhelmed by the details, don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, accept change or simply make a final decision for the sheer relief of scoring something off your list.
Money and budgeting is often a major cause of stress, whether you’re planning a wedding or not. Having a strict budget is an excellent way of limiting your options; helping you prioritise what is most important to you about the event and preventing planning from spinning out of control.
4. Trust the Experts
Unless you’re a florist, baker, dressmaker, designer or photographer, you won’t know the best decisions to make regarding their areas of expertise. You can give them the outline of what you want, but they’ll know the ways to tweak your ideas so they actually work.
5. Keep Your Friends Close
Close friends can often see the signs of Bridezilla stress before you can. Don’t be afraid to ask them for help with the planning or for emotional support.
Watch this space for Part Two.
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