Wedding Planning 101: Skip the Orchids and Stay Sane

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Sure, you might have to sacrifice the exotic flowers, but who says you can’t still have a perfect wedding with a little compromise? Look at these local beauties!

There’s this prevailing perception that planning a wedding is a series of tasks that will slowly take over one’s life. And there’s some truth to this too, trust me, but how much of the pressure we feel during this time is self-inflicted?

Of course, every bride wants their “big day” to be perfect, but “perfect” means something unique to everyone. With this in mind, it might be worth giving up a few preconceived notions about what your perfect wedding will look like in order to preserve your sanity. Here are some things to consider while planning a wedding that might help you stay sane:

You’ll survive without the orchids. Every bride sets out with a certain vision for her big day, but being able to compromise on some of the details will help keep you sane. Flowers are a massive wedding expense, and the more exotic options are typically absurdly expensive. Try asking yourself: What will those flowers truly add to my wedding? Opt for more affordable décor and save that money for your honeymoon. After all that wedding planning, you’ll really deserve it!

Nobody expects you to lose weight. Planning a wedding is stressful enough without the added pressure of losing weight. Your family, friends, and partner love you just the way you are after all, so trying to diet and slim down for your wedding day is a form of (unnecessary) self-induced stress. Embrace your beautiful body and find a dress or pantsuit that flatters your figure as it is.

You’ve got to draw the line somewhere. With catering, seating, and an open bar among the top concerns for many brides, the more people you invite to your wedding, the more costly the event will become. If your family is pressuring you to invite everyone from your childhood babysitter to your mother’s hairstylist, you’ve got to find the inner strength to take a stand. Many a family feud has been sparked by a wedding guest list, but as long as you and your partner are inviting those who you care about you most, you can’t go wrong.

Brides-to-be: how have you been staying during the wedding planning process?

Image: oakandtheowl via Instagram.

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