If you’ve ever entertained the thought ‘this wedding stress is making me ill’, you need to stop right now and take a breath. It’s no secret that getting engaged and planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

At Moda Events, we believe wedding planning should be exciting and uplifting, not make you feel sick with stress. Our events planning team have gathered together our ultimate wedding planning stress relief tips to help you navigate your pre-wedding stress and come out the other side, relaxed, ready and confident about your big day.

Wedding Stress Symptoms

Sometimes, pre-wedding stress can sneak in without you realising. Maybe you’re feeling a little anxious about inviting certain family members who have a history of less than amicable interactions at family events. Maybe you’re stressed out about budget, and feel the need to cross every t and dot every i yourself to stick within that budget. You might be the most chilled bride-to-be ever, but pre-wedding stress can and has been known to wear down even the most resilient, laid-back bride.

What are the warning signs that you may be overdoing it? Common pre-wedding stress symptoms include:

  • Trouble with sleeping
  • Feeling exhausted or burnt out
  • Stomach aches or headaches
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Bouts of crying
  • Second-guessing every wedding decision

Wedding Stress Is Making Me Ill – What Should I Do?

Congratulations, you’ve already taken the first (and most important) step. You’ve identified that you’ve started to spiral from wedding stress. Now it’s time to take proactive steps to relax and practice self-care.

Here are the strategies our events planning team recommends for keeping stress-free as your wedding day approaches:

Wedding Planning Stress Relief

#1 Prioritise and delegate

If you’re trying to control absolutely every aspect of your wedding on your own, please stop now. Prioritise which tasks you enjoy the most (or which ones you care about the most), and learn to delegate the rest to trusted friends and family.

There’s no shame in asking close friends and family to handle tasks you find overwhelming or difficult, particularly if they’re blessed with amazing skills in that area. They’ll most likely feel excited and overjoyed to contribute to your wedding day. Delegating the difficult tasks — and letting go of ones that don’t matter to you — will absolutely relieve lots of pressure, and may even help bring your loved ones closer together. It’s a win-win.

#2 Reward yourself

Having trouble keeping your motivation levels up? When you have a huge list of tasks to complete, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We recommend tackling just one wedding task at a time and when you’re finished, don’t forget to give yourself a little reward. Do you love to relax with a pedicure? Schedule one in as a treat. Do you and your partner like to visit the cinema? Make sure you spoil yourself with a movie date. Giving yourself these little rewards along the way will help you feel more productive, energised, and remind you to take care of yourself.

#3 Get good sleep

Getting enough sleep is absolutely crucial for your emotional and physical wellbeing. But those forty winks can be elusive if your brain is stressed about choosing a design for your wedding invitations. If you have trouble forging a consistent sleeping pattern, we recommend creating a ‘before bed’ sleep ritual designed to help you unwind from the day’s stress. Enjoy a relaxing bath with your favourite bath crystals, turn on your favourite music or read one of your favourite books (ideally non-wedding related) — anything to help you settle into a gentle, restful sleep.

#4 Seek emotional support

Feeling confused, stressed or depressed? Surprisingly, these feelings are normal when faced with huge ‘life milestones’. Don’t keep your feelings bottled up. Instead, talk to someone you trust like a close friend or family member, or write it down to distance yourself from the problem. Talking or writing it out may help you gain perspective and renew your self-confidence.

#5 Meditate and live in the moment

Living in the moment with this meditation can help make you feel more positive and grounded in the face of stress. Remember to regularly slow down and take deep breaths. Pay attention to the physical sensations around you, such as the wind or the feel of sunlight on your face. Observe how your body feels in that moment. This is a meditation technique known as grounding.

#6 Go on a date

If wedding planning stress is putting a strain on your romantic relationship, it’s time to press pause on the wedding planning and schedule in a date night with your partner, where you can enjoy each other’s company, sans wedding talk. After all, you’re getting married because you love each other and want to spend the rest of your lives together. Take time to recharge together and enjoy each other’s company, away from the bustle of wedding planning.

#7 Hire professional event planning help

If you’re looking for ultimate peace of mind, enlist the help of an event planner to help take the edge off planning your wedding day. These professionals can help guide you, step by step, through the process in a streamlined way, so there’s no need to feel like you’re drowning in pre-wedding stress. They will take care of all the stressful details, so you can simply relax and connect with your partner and loved ones on the day.

How To Deal With Wedding Planning Stress: Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking ‘this wedding stress is making me ill’, it’s time to stop and reflect on how you can make this process easier on yourself. Moda Events believes wedding planning should be an exciting adventure. That’s why our events planning team are dedicated to helping our clients navigate their pre-wedding stress and enjoy their wedding to its fullest, sans stress.

Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help you create your dream wedding without stress.