Happy Hump-day blog friends!
Hope all is well in all of your worlds!
Soireés world is busy, busy! We have two weddings this weekend- which I am so excited for and excited to blog about afterwards-and also have tuxes galore coming in at any second- maybe even while I am writing this post
Since we are extremely busy, I have to remind myself not to stress. I honestly have realized that stress can do nothing but harm to your mind & body, so I try to avoid it as much as possible and leave everything in God’s hands
Working in the wedding world and being a bride myself just a few months ago- I know brides get stressed very easily and one small thing can turn into tears or screaming matches.
Left: What you should look like on your wedding day; Right: What you do NOT want to look like
But I have said it once and I’ll say it again. Focus on the thought that you are getting married-it is a celebration of you and the love of your life spending the rest of your lives together and making memories. As much as I LOVE and ADORE weddings, it is a day, just a few hours, of what is to come.
Don’t get me wrong, I am ALL for your wedding being fabulous and everything you have dreamed of- I am, after all, a wedding coordinator- I just don’t want a couple of minor things to ruin a whole special day
Now- with that being said- I will get off my soap box and let you in on 5 ways I KNOW that can help you de-stress.
Enjoy & choose at least one of these de-stressors in the next week and let me know how they work for you!
ps: These tips are for EVERYONE- Not just brides!
(In no particular order)
For this one I want you to pick 2 consecutive days out of your week. On the first day, I want you to eat unhealthy. Yes- unhealthy. Sweets, french fries, cheeseburgers, pizza- whatever floats your boat. Throughout the day, I want you to journal how you feel.
Day 2- I want you to eat healthy. By healthy I mean, protein, fruit, veggies, a little something sweet to indulge in, and nothing but water to drink. Like Day 1, journal how you feel throughout the day.
I can 99.9% guarantee you you will feel 1,000 times better on day 2. I am still in the process of learning this myself. When you make healthy choices, you are happier, have more energy, more focused, and not to mention more confident. If you feel these things about yourself- there is one less thing to stress about- plus the vitamins and nurtrition you are getting for healthier foods helps you not to stress in general.
Plus, for you brides, you are going to be wanting to look your best on your wedding day:)
This goes right along with the eating healthy. You have got to exercise. Whether it is walking in your neighborhood, an intense cardio workout, or strength training- working out and getting your heart rate up bumps up production of endorphins aka your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters.
Also, work out = better body- who doesn’t want that?
I also want to recommend to find a type of exercise you like- there are so many ways to get in activity. Sports, swimming, cycling, running, walking the dog, dancing, work out videos- the are SO many options.
Do something for yourself. NOT wedding related.
Take a minute just to breath and treat yourself to relaxation. Some of my favorites include- curling up with a good book, watching a chick-flick, spa day, sitting/laying out in the sun (don’t forget your SPF!)
Whatever it is- make it UN-wedding related.
Have a Date Night with your guy and/or girls night out!
Again- no wedding discussion.
Go enjoy a dinner and movie with your man. Or grab drinks with your girlfriends. Either of these will get your mind out of wedding mode and just let you have fun!
Top left is my own planner- Lilly Pulitzer- $26- can’t live w/o!
I promise, if you stay organized, planning a wedding is not that stressful
Get a planner. Write down dates that payments are due (this will help financially too), write any appointments with vendors, and make a “to do list”. It always makes me feel so productive checking things off of my check list and also helps you keep up with what needs to be done.
Another thing- a very important thing- that goes along with this- make sure you have well organized and highly recommended vendors. Sometimes your venue will have a preferred vendors list- don’t ignore this list. They have them on there for a reason. These are people that they know do a good job and are experienced. If there is not a preferred vendors list, talk to people you know who have planned a wedding and have recommendations or make sure who you choose have several superior reviews online. This is SO important.