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Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life—but it also may be one of the most stressful. Getting married is a huge event, and emotions are sure to run high on the day and days leading up. Feeling anxious or stressed is a normal part of life, and if you feel yourself becoming stressed or anxious during the planning process or on the day of, use these tips to help keep you calm.

Anticipate Your Anxiety

One of the best tactics to use in any stressful situation is to anticipate your anxiety. Even though it may be a “band-aid” solution, it’s especially helpful if you have panic attacks. If you’re able to pinpoint the most stressful part of the day, you can find ways to make it more manageable. However, this may mean not following traditional wedding moments like a first dance or making a speech. But if you think these moments will stress you out, consider alternative solutions or even leave them out.

Be Decisive

Being decisive when planning a wedding is a must, especially if you have anxiety. While it’s important to make informed and thought-out decisions, this may even mean comprising. But when it comes to decisions like word choice and font, guest seating, or menu choices, you can go in circles for weeks before making a decision, getting more stressed as the weeks go by. Set deadlines for yourself or make a to-do list. That way you can cross tasks off as you go, helping reduce stress. Remember that whatever you choose will work out, one way or another.

Take Time Away From Planning

No matter if you start planning your tent wedding a year in advance or just a few months out, it’s sure to be a long and stressful process. There are many ways you can reduce stress by just stepping away from the planning process:

  • Plan weekly date nights (with no wedding talk!)
  • Exercise daily
  • Get ample sleep
  • Take breaks during planning sessions

Self-care is key. It may be tempting to answer emails or respond to calls 24/7, but wedding planning is not your full-time job.

Ask for Help

A wedding is not a one-woman or one-man show, so why should planning it be? Ask your spouse for help in planning. They may have ideas of their own that may be better than the ones you thought of. Your close friends and family members are also there to help, as is a wedding planner. Everyone wants your day to be special. Just remember, you’re not alone in planning.

Let It Go

As much as we want everything to go as planned, mistakes are inevitable. If you hit a bump along the way, just roll with it. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but just take a few deep breaths or turn on your favorite playlist. Chances are once you’re done worrying about that one mistake, the wedding planner will have a backup plan ready to go.

Remember What Comes Next

The days leading up to your wedding may be stressful, but just remember what comes next. A lifetime with the person you love the most. Just keeping that thought in mind will help you get past any little bump in the road that may arise and ultimately let you enjoy your special day.

Reduce Your Stress by Having Your Tent Wedding at Windows on the Water

Wedding planning is supposed to be fun and exciting. Yes, there is inevitable stress, but the talented team at Windows on the Water is here to help you every step of the way. Our experienced planners will help you plan the big day and make sure your outdoor tent wedding is safe for you and your guests.

Call us today at (609) 208-9475 or fill out our contact form. We’re excited to make the day you’ve been waiting for a reality!