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How to Battle Overwhelm While Wedding Planning


Yes, it’s true that wedding planning comes with a stack of to-do lists, but it doesn’t have to be stressful or make you panic every time you think about it. Whether your wedding is six months or one year away, you’ve got this!

With a little organization, wedding planning can go from overwhelming to exciting. So take a deep breath, get out your pen and paper, and take notes on how you can battle the overwhelm while wedding planning.

Get Organized

Organization is key when planning any event, whether large or small. Special events like weddings are comprised of a lot of different parts, kind of like a clock, and all the parts have to be moving together and correctly for the thing to work. So the very first thing you should do when you start wedding planning is get organized. This will take a lot of stress out of the process and keep your mind clear instead of cluttered.

Stay organized by creating or purchasing a binder or notebook, make spreadsheets, use your calendar. Mark down meeting and consultation times and make copies of contracts, receipts, and bills. Put everything in one place for easy access. You can find loads of organizational materials (like check lists) online and many times they’re free.

Listen to Advice, but Go With Your Gut

When people find out you’re getting married they’ll want to chime in on everything from dresses to food to the latest themes you should totally incorporate into your wedding. And sometimes the loudest people are those you’re closest to, like your mom or best friend.

In the end, it can all be a bit too much, so the best thing to do is listen and appreciate their advice/feedback, but ultimately go with your gut instinct. This is you and your fiance’s wedding, after all, so the only people you really have to please are the two of you.

Everyone will have their expectations and they’ll all want to share their knowledge about such and such, but again, you don’t have to take everything everyone says to heart. Listen, but set boundaries and all will go over much more smoothly.

Let Go of Control

I know it’s hard to let go of the reigns, but you don’t have to do all the jobs. Let your vendors work their magic so you can step back and have a cocktail.

Check in, of course, and keep the lines of communication open. Tell them your wants and needs, then let them do their work. If you need extra help, reach out to friends and family.

Have the bridal/groom party take over some of the wedding planning duties. And don’t forget about your sweetie! Your partner is your biggest fan and support system, so don’t be afraid to ask him or her to handle some of the details.

Remember the Why

This is a big one because it’s so easy to get caught up in wedding planning that you forget why you’re doing it in the first place. Love. You’re marrying the love of your life and celebrating that moment with your nearest and dearest. The cake, dress, flowers, and songs that play are only a tiny part of the wedding.

In the end you won’t remember the hiccups, but you will remember how you felt when you looked into your partner’s eyes at the altar. You will remember the “I do” and the kiss. The little things that make up the wedding are actually the big, and most important, things of all.

So don’t fret over making everything perfect or trying to plan a wedding that will knock everyone’s socks off.

Stay organized, communicate, and let go a little.

Breathe, relax, and remember to cherish the journey just as much as you will the wedding day. Most of all, have fun!

All of these things will help you plan a wedding that’s as stress and overwhelm-free as possible.

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