- It takes 40 hours to drive from New York to Los Angeles
- It would take 60 uninterrupted hours to read every Harry Potter book from start to finish
- It takes roughly 140 hours to binge watch 2 full series of your favorite shows
Add those hours together and you also have the average time it takes to plan a wedding! To say that wedding planning will be an incredibly time-consuming task is putting it lightly. Finding over 250 hours minimum to plan one of the biggest days of your life, all while balancing work and life obligations, may feel next to impossible. With only 24 hours in the day, it’s easy to understand why!
Most brides spend an average of 11 hours a week planning their wedding. That amounts to about 500 hours dedicated to planning the average wedding!
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER:
Setting aside time early in the planning journey will save you not only time but stress! Savvy brides that have found the key to planning their day with ease know the importance of carefully planning around their personal schedule to maintain a healthy balance of wedding planning and life obligations. While it may feel impossible, the great news is that it can be done!
First, walk with us through how your style of wedding planning time management can affect your planning experience. Prioritizing, staying organized, meeting deadlines and staying on task are crucial in avoiding stress while planning, but may not be your strengths. It is important to acknowledge areas that may not be your strong point so that they do not affect your planning journey by creating unnecessary stress.
Start by determining the type of wedding planning time management style sounds most like you and the best tips to consider when setting aside time to plan:
You Know You’re A Busy Bride When:
The challenge for the busy bride is finding the time in their busy schedule to plan for their big day. The minimum time needed to plan a wedding is at least 11 hours a week. For the busy bride, finding an additional 11 hours in their week may feel next to impossible. While you can’t add hours to the day, you can find additional time with a few simple adjustments!
Starting the day even 20 minutes earlier every day can add over an hour of extra planning time a week! Get a head start by waking early to get a head start on crossing off tasks before even starting your day!
You Know You’re A Procrastinating When:
With hundreds of decisions to make and deadlines that cannot be missed, being a procrastinating bride will result in guaranteed stress!
- Keeping close tabs of all deadlines and sticking to them.
When it comes to wedding planning, you simply cannot afford to miss important deadlines. Missing deadlines during your planning journey can result in accumulating additional fees or even missing the opportunity to lock in a vendor if you failed to meet a deadline to book. We recommend that you note on a calendar all due dates cross a to-do task off the list and setting a given task and set reminders so that you never miss a deadline. for the procrastinator, set deadlines a week before the actual final date the task must be fulfilled to get a head start. Download free helpful apps to stay on track such To Do Reminder, Wunderlist and BZ Reminder.
You Know You’re An On Task Bride When:
You’ve got everything under control and are crossing off items on your list like a pro! You have mastered the art of taking on a list of to-do items, make every deadline and may have even completed some tasks in advance!
Practice trying out some DIY ideas! Try creating your own invitations, favors and even bouquet to save big! With the extra time available, you can spend time practicing until confident you can recreate for the big day!
You Know You’re A Overwhelmed Bride When:
No matter how much time you have set aside to plan or how many organizational tools you have tried, you just can’t seem to keep calm during your journey. Wedding planning in itself is very stressful and the never ending list of items to do are no help in putting your emotions at ease. Even for the most overwhelmed bride, there is hope!
Delegating tasks to friends and family to help take your list of planning to do tasks.
Express that you are a bit stressed with all of the planning details and could use a helping hand. Avoid trying to take on every detail alone by spreading out tasks to willing family and friends. Discuss areas that you need assistance with and if they can even recommend anyone else that may be interested in helping as well. They may be able to recommend friends, colleagues or acquaintances with services or skills that are willing to help!
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Once you’ve determined your planning style, follow these 4 simple and must have ways to get rid of stress during your planning journey that every bride to be can (and should) say yes to!
The #1 way to remain stress-free is to stay organized! Keeping your tasks, notes and documents organized will prevent the stress that comes from struggling to keep up with a never ending list of to do tasks on your list. Check out our e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide, for an entire chapter dedicated to creating your own wedding binder to stay organized!
- Don’t Forget Date Nights:
Don’t forget to make time for fun and date nights with the groom to be! Consider incorporating tasks from your wedding checklist such as checking out live music for potential wedding day entertainment or local restaurants to play host for your rehearsal dinner!
- Find One Way To Destress:
Going to a spa, getting a massage or taking up yoga may not be your thing. Make it a priority to find one way that consistently works for your to destress and keep calm. Try to find a few ways that are easily accessible and even free. You may need immediate stress relief that doesn’t require funds that are tied up in the wedding or an appointment before you can access. Consider binge watching new shows, taking a walk while blasting music, downloading fun games on your phone or picking up a new book.
If you already have a hobby, now is the time to break it out for a detox method that involves doing something that you love. Take your mind off weddings for a moment by doing something that you love to refocus. Give yourself short increments so that you don’t get completely distracted but instead spend time enjoying yourself on occasional much-needed breaks.
For the ultimate guide to beat stress during planning, you MUST grab a copy of our e-book, Getting Started: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide. Walk with us through over 100 planning steps from selecting vendors, the venue and even creative ways to save. Our easy to follow guide walks through every step so that you have fast, practical answers to every planning decision from engagement to the big day! Click the image below to get started!