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Wedding Planning Stress Relief

Wedding Planning Stress Relief

Let’s face it, whether it’s a normal wedding planning year or 2020, wedding planning is stressful. To avoid taking out your angst on your friends and family it’s important to take breaks. Don’t allow wedding planning to take over your life! Here are five tips for wedding planning stress relief.

1.) Free Exercise Classes Online

Did you know the endorphins you create by moving off your couch make you happier? Why sit in anxiety if you don’t have to? When you’re feeling overwhelmed, YouTube has thousands of free exercise videos, from yoga to HIIT. No need to spend money for expensive subscriptions. Take advantage of free resources. Better yet, make a routine of for how long you wedding plan before you take a break and work it out. Your brain and body will thank you when you feel like an emotionally and physically healthier bride/groom.

2.) Therapy

Weddings can bring up years of family or friend tension and chaos. Those stressful situations are bound to have a negative effect on your emotional health. It is now easier than ever to see a therapist. You can use online resources like Talk Space or Better Help or simply use the therapist finder resource on Psychology Today. You can even narrow down therapist by specialty, location, & sex. There is no shame in seeing a therapist. We all need stress relief from a safe space to speak openly and problem solve. You’ll leave feeling better and continue to grow as a person throughout the process. It’s really a stress relief win-win!

3.) Soak in that Vitamin D, go outside!

Did you know 42% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D? Being deficient in Vitamin D can cause all sorts of negative side effects such as depression, illness, exhaustion, & muscle pain. No one wants that! A great way to soak in some Vitamin D, which is a real mood booster is to go outside! Whether it’s cold or warm, going for a walk outside can do everything from boosting your mood to your immune system. Everyone benefits from some fresh air and sunshine!

4.) Watch a funny movie or TV series with your fiancé!

They say laughter is the best medicine and we agree! If there is a movie or TV series that makes you guys laugh; that’s a great place to start. Stay away from drama or sci-fi if you are stressed. Your body’s adrenaline will pump, which is the opposite of stress relief. Better yet, make a night of it! Pop some popcorn, have some wine, or make your favorite dinner. The more special you make it, the more fun it will be.

5.) Organize Your Living Space

They say if your living space is organized you feel less stressed; we agree! Have you lost a wedding contract under a pile of books, magazines and papers? It’s time to organize! You could get a wedding planning file folder to keep important documents together. Organize one space in your home to do wedding planning to avoid losing anything. Then your whole house doesn’t get buried under wedding planning papers and chaos. This option will not just benefit your wedding planning, but also your every day life.



What did you do to control your wedding planning stress? Did anyone give you good wedding planning stress relief advice? Share in the comments below! For more wedding planning inspiration check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy Planning!

Wedding Checklist

Wedding Checklist

Wedding Checklist

You’ve taken the engagement pictures and announced to everyone you’re getting married! Now, comes the planning part. A Wedding checklist can be very helpful. So what type of list are we talking about? That depends on how far out you are from the date.

If your wedding date is a year or more away here are some things we recommend checking off:

  1. Make sure the date and time are available for your venue/religious establishment
  2. Establish a budget
  3. Decide how big you want your wedding to be
  4. Choose your wedding party
  5. Pick a theme or color scheme
  6. Meet and book officiant
  7. Begin the guest list

These are some bigger checklist items that you don’t need to get super detailed quite yet. A lot of them like picking your wedding party and the guest list can be fun. Some brides like to find fun, sentimental ways to ask their bridesmaids to be in the wedding.

If your wedding date is nine months or shorter here are some recommended wedding checklist things to look at:

  1. Announce the engagement
  2. Get your wedding dress and plan any alterations
  3. Meet and book photographer/videographer
  4. Meet and book any entertainment like a Chicago Wedding DJ or live music
  5. Book the florist
  6. Get the details on the venue – do you need to rent chair covers, table clothes, linens, etc.
  7. Research nearby hotel accommodations for out of town guests
  8. Look at Honeymoon Options

If you are less than four months out here’s what you should be looking at:

  1. Decide on wedding vows
  2. Marriage license
  3. Compile guest lists for showers and give to maid of honor or whoever is throwing the shower
  4. Plan bachelor/bachelorette party
  5. Confirm music and event details
  6. Purchase parents’ gifts and wedding party gifts
  7. Have programs printed
  8. Make hair and beauty appointments for the big day
  9. Get final dress fitting and any alterations

There are a million other details you could get caught up in as well! These are basic, general wedding checklist items you’ll want to think about.