Organizing a wedding can be overwhelming for sure. It’s important to be taking care of yourself and be proactive in the wedding process to reduce stress. There are many ways to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Don’t be afraid to delegate, you have family members and a bridal party for a reason! Assigning tasks to relatives and friends is not out of line for you to do. Trusted loved ones are the perfect people to take care of things like stuffing envelopes or helping with  handmade thank you gifts for people that attended the reception. Use your support system!

Budgeting is key when planning a wedding. Taking into account what is in reach financially for you and your partner is important. Sit down and have a discussion about what takes priority as a couple when it comes to investment. Maybe it’s a new home, car, or focus on paying off previous debts. For example you could also book an all inclusive cruise for your honeymoon in advance to save money.

Taking especially good care of your mental and physical health is a necessary step to feeling up to taking on all aspects of planning a wedding. It can be hard to find time to cook healthy meals, a temptation may be to eat out more or order take out. Use easy meal prepping recipes or plan out a grocery list so you can maintain a healthy diet which will leave you feeling energized and balanced. If hitting the gym is part of your regular routine do not skip out on it! This is an effective way to blow off steam.

Turn off your phone and indulge in a new book, keep a journal, or meditate to mentally check out from the hustle. Create a calming playlist to play before bed to wind down for a good night’s sleep.

No matter what stage of planning you’re in, you can always hire a day-coordinator or wedding planner to assist you with things like booking your dream venue, caterer or photographer. They will not only help alleviate the stress of phone calls and reminders, but if hired for a length of time can be at your wedding to ensure everything moves along without any hiccups.

These are just a few steps to take that will leave you feeling lighter and ready to enjoy your big day!