So I've been engaged for 7 months now and I swear I receive phone calls and texts from my mom every single day about the wedding, and it drives me nuts most of the time, which she is fully aware of, lol. (I'm much more of a "go with the flow" kind of person, but I know you can't really do that for a wedding.) Moral of the story, we've definitely had our fair share of arguments over multiple things that have been wedding related and sometimes I wonder if Cody and I should just elope instead, haha. But in all seriousness, while it can all be annoyingly stressful, it's still a day everyone looks forward to, and once that day comes, you're going to forget about all the drama, arguments, and everything else that was caused by wedding planning.
1. Any time you are wedding planning, have coffee, wine, or champagne right next to you. (Obviously.)
2.Get yourself a cute wedding planning book, like this #BusyBride book from Graphic Image NY.
3. Download The Knot App! I've mentioned this before, and it is a must for all bride-to-be's. Once you insert your wedding date, it gives you a personal monthly checklist of what needs to be done each month leading up to your wedding. So it's not a generic list everyone gets. It is specific to YOUR wedding date. Don't know when to send out your Save The Date's? Don't know how early you should send your invites? Don't know when to book out rooms in the hotel for your wedding party? The Knot has you covered. Seriously, it's genius.
4. When you're feeling extra stressed, grab that wine or champagne and hop on Pinterest to bring the fun back into it. I'll usually look up wedding hair and makeup, gift ideas for my mom and dad to give to them on my wedding day, to my future mother-in-law, etc. Or write down wedding hashtag ideas!
5. This one is purely my opinion: so obviously, everyone starts to stress over THE GUEST LIST. (dun dun duuuuun.) *Cue eye rolls* "Ugh, do we have to invite Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Larry? I haven't talked to them in 10 years! I don't even remember what they look like!" I've had this argument with my mom too many times already, and we have both agreed that I can invite the friends I really want there, and IF there is still room, then we can add in the random family members that I've never met. lol. Cody and I recently went to our friend's wedding and we had SO much fun because all of our friends were there and we stayed until the very end of the wedding, where as family members of the bride & groom obviously left early... Which made me think: I'd rather pay for more friends to come who are actually going to have a good time and stay longer, rather than the family members that don't even know how old I am or what hair color I have who are just going to leave early, to come.
6. Buy yourself an Ice Roller and thank me later. Seriously. I have become OBSESSED with ice rolling my face. This might be more of a skin care tip, but when I'm not at work and don't have to put makeup on for the day, I ice roll multiple times a day because it's actually kind of calming... and on days I do go to work, I use it for a few minutes before putting on my makeup to bring down any puffiness and redness from my face and make my skin feel tighter. So for those days I'm home all day and do some wedding planning, I absolutely have this thing in one hand while either working on my wedding registry, scrolling through Pinterest ideas, looking for gifts, etc. Might as well work on that skin care routine for the wedding, right? Did I mention it's only $11?
7. Go on Etsy and buy yourself a cute little Bride To Be gift every once in a while. While wedding planning is annoying sometimes, it is still fun just BEING a Bride To Be, and it doesn't last very long! You're only a bride once, so spoil yourself from time to time with a "Bride" t-shirt, a "Future Mrs. (Last Name)" coffee mug, a wedding planning wine glass, or whatever else you find on Etsy.
8. Get together with your Maid of Honor (in my case, call or text, because my maid of honor currently live in Chicago for Grad School,) and come up with ideas for your bachelorette party, like where you're going to go, where you're going to stay, etc. This is another way to relieve some of the stress from the planning of the big day, and instead, thinking about how fun your bachelorette party is going to be.