As months of planning come and go and the wedding day gets closer, stress levels normally skyrocket. Did everyone RSVP? Are the vendors confirmed? Is druncle Stan going to behave? Oh…all the zillion things that can go wrong!
First off: relax…
Let it go…
Not happening? I get it; on top of probably working a full-time job, all your free time and energy is put into planning the most perfect fairytale wedding. I completely understand that not stressing out isn’t something that you can easily do at this point. But it’s so important to relieve all of that tension building up.
A perfect solution is to treat yourself and your betrothed to a pre-wedding pamper. Being refreshed and newly connected with your partner will help you tackle those planning challenges, and prevent a wedding planning burnout.
The number one stress reliever is reflecting on your body and becoming in touch with your mind. This physical activity will provide a calming atmosphere and allow you to connect with yourself in a way you wouldn’t normally on a daily basis.
The benefits for your well-being are endless. For one, loosening your muscles will help you get rid of tension. In addition to the plethora of health benefits yoga is known to increase happiness, improve focus, and maintain your nervous system. After taking this pre-wedding pamper detour, you and your partner will be refreshed and ready to take on the wedding planning again with a cleared mind!
If you both end up loving the class, then this is a relaxing activity you two can do together even after the wedding. Doesn’t a date night filled with yoga and dinner sound amazing?
Release all your built-up frustration from wedding planning by participating in a kickboxing class. This is the perfect way to brush up on your self-defense skills and will allow you to let go of all the pent up energy and anger. Attending a kickboxing class will help build your confidence in a way only this sport can offer. In addition to that, kickboxing helps with toning your body and improving your coordination. You will have a sense of reassurance that you can strut down the aisle knowing nothing can get in your way.
Mini Pre-wedding Break:
If you don’t feel you want to put a lot of physical effort into your stress relief and if you fancy a spontaneous getaway, then treat yourself to a ‘minimoon’ before the wedding.
The minimoon has hit a new wave of popularity due to its brevity and low prices. Taking a 3-4 day weekend trip is another way to re-charge. Traveling to new scenery will help you clear your mind. The location of this trip will vary based on what scenery you and your partner love, you can either escape to the countryside or dive right into the cultural heart of the city!
Stress comes from the high demand you’ re putting on your brain. Weddings need a a lot of attention so it is very important to release the tension on your brain – attending a meditation workshop can help. Learning the different ways to release tension is a tool every person should have. After you attend this workshop you will be able to use these new skills as frequently as you would like leading up to, and even after the wedding.
Paying attention to your mind is the greatest thing you can do for yourself. It will make you a happier person and will overall help you through different rough spots you find in your life.
The buildup of excitement and stress of the wedding may feel like it is going to explode and there is a timeline that must be strictly followed. You and your partner need to take a break and remember that everything will work out. Deviate from that schedule and take a break for a night to go on a date night!
Remind each other why you fell in love and enjoy a romantic dinner together. You can go somewhere small or if your pockets run deep, go for a fine dining experience at a Michelin starred restaurant!
Couples Spa Treatment:
Did someone say massage? If you have been craving a romantic day with your significant other, take a trip to your nearest spa and get an all-inclusive spa treatment for couples. Enjoy a couples massage to get out those wedding knots. After all the tension is released from your muscles, detox and rejuvenate your skin with a skin treatment. You can choose between an exfoliation, body wraps, aromatherapy, etc. Choosing any of these options will allow you to obtain that wedding glow! Be sure to fully immerse your body and mind for the most fulfilling experience.
Drinks Tasting Masterclass:
Kick back and relax with the drink of your choice at a drink tasting masterclass. Ever feel like the excitement of your wedding makes you just want a drink to share with your significant other? There really is nothing better than the relaxing feeling of just letting go and enjoying great drinks during a night out. No matter your drink of choice, you will find your happy spot. Wine, whisky, gin, anything! This may even spike your taste buds and inspire you to create a specialized drink on your big day.
Try to do at least one of these activities before you reach your big day because having a breakdown the night before the wedding is not what a bride or groom dreams about. No matter what task you are doing, there is always a need to take time for yourself and reconnect with your partner. The only way to end your pre-wedding stress is to take the initiative and do something about it!
Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That
If you really don’t have the time to do any of these activities, then here are a few quick tips to avoid stressing too much:
- Don’t bottle it up! Speak to your partner about how you are feeling, they love you and will help you relax.
- Take time to chill out. After a long day at work don’t come home and start wedding planning. Put your pj’s on, watch a movie, and eat popcorn with your partner.
- Organize your thoughts! Make lists of everything that needs to be accomplished and complete them one by one. If your thoughts are all over the place, your actions will be too and that will create even more stress.
- Exercise for 20-30 min. Put some music on and take a quick walk around the block, breathing in the fresh air will help you clear your mind.
- Lastly, be sure to get help. Get a team of friends, family or planners and delegate different tasks to them so you don’t have to handle everything yourself. You will feel a sense of relief when you know you don’t have to do everything alone.