Getting engaged is a joyous occasion, as is wedding planning. But it is also riddled with stress, as you work to create the wedding of your dreams. All the while hoping to appease the expectations of your family and friends. It’s unfortunate, but this is typical with wedding planning – and is something that we at the Wedding Style Society are seeking to change. We’re sharing ways that you can practice self-love leading up to your big day. To ensure that you can fully enjoy this milestone in your life.
1. Regularly Schedule Some R&R
One of the best ways to make sure that you keep your energy up is to schedule some regular rest and relaxation. Whatever that may entail! For some, it may be a trip to the salon or masseuse. For others, it may be as simple as enjoying a good book while you take a bath. What you do doesn’t necessarily matter, as long as you’re giving yourself a mental and physical break from the stress of wedding planning.
2. Surround Yourself With Positive People
A crucial mistake that many brides make during the wedding planning process, is allowing anyone and everyone to be part of their journey. The reality is that not everyone will be helpful or constructive. Some people may be downright toxic and will introduce even more stress. The best way to avoid this situation is to be careful about who you surround yourself with. No one deserves to be a part of your journey. It’s an invite-only occasion, and don’t be afraid to tell people as much. Especially if they are doing more harm than good.
3. Be Kind to Your Body
We can’t stress how important it is that you be kind to your body. Almost every bride will feel negative about their body in some way, for a variety of reasons. No one feels as though they are perfect, but that doesn’t mean that you should criticize yourself. You are worthy of love, from yourself and others, regardless of your shape and size. Try to replace your negative thoughts will positive affirmations instead. This will make your overall wedding experience much more enjoyable, especially when it comes time for your bridal appointments.
4. Fuel Yourself Mentally
So much of your engagement will be spent planning your wedding. Making it essential that you set aside some time for your hobbies and passions. Whatever they may be! Finding a balance between wedding planning and your interests will make for a better experience. But it will also ensure that you feel refreshed when you come back to wedding planning. Your mind needs a break so that your creativity can flourish – and you don’t get burnt out.
5. Start a Skincare Routine
A skincare routine is essential leading up to your big day – and a great way to practice self-love. To ensure that your skin is at its very best, and well primed for your wedding makeup. But it is also a great way to treat yourself to some TLC, and to escape the stress of wedding planning. Establishing a solid skincare routine takes some research and attention to detail. Making it the perfect way to help you escape the planning mindset! So in the end, it’s a win-win.
6. Eat & Drink Well
You’ve heard it before, and we’re going to tell you again. Just like your mind, you need to fuel your body leading up to your wedding. Eating well and staying hydrated will help you feel your very best, both mentally and physically. Especially if you plan to start a pre-wedding workout regimen – as most brides do. This isn’t to say that you can’t enjoy your guilty pleasures! Just do so within reason.
7. Learn to Accept Help
Unfortunately, so many people feel unable to accept help, but it’s a reality – especially amongst brides. And it’s an issue that you need to tackle. Especially if you want to maintain your sanity. When people offer to help you, for whatever reason, it’s because they care. So practice self-love and don’t be afraid to take them up on it. They wouldn’t offer if they didn’t want to help, and by allowing them to do so you are showing that you care enough to have their assistance or input.
8. Stay Ahead of the Game
It may seem obvious, but when it comes to wedding planning it’s best to stay on top (if not ahead) of the game. In other words, try and stay on top of your to-do list. By getting behind, you will only cause yourself more stress, therefore making the experience less enjoyable. Some hold-ups are unavoidable and we are all prone to procrastination now and again. But don’t get so far behind that catching up again feels impossible.