Getting engaged to be married can be an intoxicating and stimulating experience for a bride. Just think of all the excitement around planning a wedding – selecting the perfect dress, choosing a wedding venue, decorating, re-uniting with old friends and family. Yet somewhere in the process of all the joy and excitement, a bride can feel overwhelmed by the stress of the upcoming wedding. Questions arise related to logistics, relationships and money – how many people will come to the wedding? How do we separate feuding relatives? How do we pay for everything?
So in the midst of the chaos don’t let the wedding planning stress overcome you. Here are some tips for reducing wedding stress and making your wedding experience more rewarding and relaxing.
1. Don’t be a Bridezilla. Allow yourself time to relax and rejuvenate.
2. Your friends and family want to influence your wedding. Let them know that it’s your day.
3. A wedding precipitates strong feelings and some doubts. Remember that being married is a journey and a process, not a final destination.
People that might stress you out (that you may want to limit contact with):
– family members/divorced
Some basic things to remember from Wednet:
- Remember that no wedding is perfect.
- Remember that you can’t please everybody.
- Be willing to compromise.
- Delegate responsibility where possible.
- Remain calm and rational when faced with stress.
- Communicate effectively (without anger).
- People are unpredictable
- You are not to blame for problems that your guests have.
- Be honest with yourself and your guests.
- You don’t need to be a mediator between guests.
- There are some things that you cannot control.
- A wedding takes a long time to plan.
- A variety of emotions are normal during the planning process.
- Take time out for yourself.
- Take time out for your relationship.
– Source: http://www.wednet.com
Specific things known for their relaxation properties:
Lavender has long been known for it’s ability to promote mind and body relaxation through its powerfully calming aroma. When combined with bath salts relaxation effects are amplified through vapors and direct skin contact.
Getting enough rest can improve your body’s ability to fight off sickness and help you feel better and more relaxed. If you are not getting enough sleep, try a natural herb to aid in sleeping, such as valerian root or melatonin.
Cocktails. Having a bad day where nothing seems to go right? End the day early with a happy hour with your friends. A cocktail or two will help you forget about the stress of the day and your friends can be there to support you when you need it most. Just remember that if you drink, do it in moderation and be safe.
Not relaxed yet? Register to win a “Zen Bride” package (includes a book on reducing stress and lavender products like bath salts/candle, etc.)
Email us at: AustinAmericana@Gmail.com – include your name and upcoming wedding date.
We’ll give away 3 of the Zen Wedding packages starting June 1st, 2011.