August 13, 2020

5 Wedding Planning Stress Reducers for a Relaxed Planning Experience

It seems to be a common occurrence that there’s anywhere from a little to a crazy ridiculous amount of stress for couples brides while wedding planning. That doesn’t have to be the case! I’ve listed my top 5 wedding planning stress reducers so that you can seriously reduce yours so low that it’s maybe non-existent.

5 Wedding Planning Stress Reducers for a More Enjoyable Planning Experience 

1. Hire a Planner

This is #1 for a big reason. Hiring a planner (not just a “day-of” coordinator) will make a tremendous difference in your planning experience. Even if you’re an insanely organized bride, hire a reputable planner for at least a month of or full planning package. It will life so many burdens off your shoulders and give you back your life. Also, hiring planners early can mean extra goodies from your vendors or even special prices for couples who came from that planner. It is my number one stress reducer and one that you’ll be so glad you did. It’s worth every penny.

Gorgeous ultra wide shot of bride in white linen jumpsuit and groom in blue blazer and dark jeans. Film Engagement Photos at San Francisco City Hall by Cavin Elizabeth 

2. Book Vendors Early

In a perfect world, I would book all of my own vendors (with a few exceptions for smaller jobs) at least 8 months in advance. That way, everything’s taken care of and I can sit back and relax until closer to the date. Don’t risk your dream vendor being already booked. Reach out sooner than later and you’ll have much better chances of getting your dream team.

Wedding ceremony captured on film in a garden setting with palm trees and a floral arch with blush and ivory flowers. Wedding at Humphreys Half Moon Inn by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

3. Exercise + Eat Healthy

This one’s non-negotiable, as it’s one of the best wedding planning stress reducers. A lack of exercise and a poor diet are horrible for stress! I recommend checking out a local yoga studio, Pure Barre, or any other preferred exercise method. Try to work out at least 3 times a week to reduce stress, get fit and healthy, and boost your confidence.

Also, ensure that you’re eating healthy foods. Limit processed and sugary meals, too. Focus on vegetables, lean white meats, and plenty of water consumption. You and your dress will thank me later for this one!

Daylesford Farm vegetable soup styled with fresh thyme. Flutter Magazine Retreat in the Cotswolds, England. Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography on film 

4. Stay Organized

Even if you’re not an organized person, make an effort to be organized during your wedding planning. Even if hiring a full service planner, there will still be things you have to take care of in a timely manner. Consider buying a dedicated sealable folder or notebook (or better yet, a digital Evernote account) to house all of your wedding-related items.

Flutter Magazine Retreat in the Cotswolds at Norton Hall in Mickleton, England. Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography on film 

5. Frequent Dates Without Wedding Talk

Sometimes, it’s really helpful in reducing stress to go out on a date with your fiancé and make no mention of weddings. Your mind might be so inundated with wedding talk, it’ll really appreciate having a few hours rest. Go grab a bite at a nice restaurant, go for a hike or swim, or even take up a new hobby. All of these outings will clear your wedding mind and give you some much deserved time with your future husband.

Groom in black suit with the bride in a strapless fitted black dress and black heels on a golf course with large mountain views. La Quinta Resort Engagement Photos on Film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography


[…] Unless you’re a little Type A, like me, you might be struggling to streamline your wedding planning. Today I’m going to share my top tips for solving this problem by becoming a more organized bride. By being organized, you’ll find that the entire planning process will be smoother and less stressful. […]