Holiday Hysteria and Planning Your Wedding

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It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeear!!!

Sorry, I just can’t help but sing that song in my head around the holidays. Sometimes sarcastically because, let’s face it, when the holidays arrive, there’s an ever-growing list of things to do. Holiday parties, traveling, buying gifts, the list goes on and on…

And what if you’re planning your wedding? What do you do?

In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, “Chillll ouuuuut!”

Yes, I’m telling you to chill. I’m even taking my own advice and extending the deadline for the very generous wedding album gift I am giving some lucky couple.

No, I am not telling you to abandon your wedding planning completely until January. I’m just saying there are a few different things you can do to manage the process. And here they are:

Look At Your Timeline and Prioritize

Listen, you don’t need to spend hours each day browsing Pinterest for ideas and working out the seating chart if your wedding is more than 6 months away. You’ve got time. Choose a couple important items from your planning list and focus on those. Actually getting something accomplished will also make you feel better than if you’re trying to get everything done at once and you can’t check anything off your list.

Obviously, if the wedding is only a few months away, there will be more tasks to accomplish, but by prioritizing you can make sure that you get the most important ones done first. If the wedding is more than six months away, I’d say you can pick one or two things you want to get done before the end of the year and leave it at that.

Slow Down

Yea, I said it. Take it easy. This doesn’t mean you should ghost on a vendor you’re having a conversation with until after New Year’s. Let those people you are contacting know that you’re taking things at a slower pace until after the holidays. I’m sure they’ll understand. In fact, they might appreciate it!

Budget Your Time

If you are taking time this holiday season to spend on planning your wedding, be sure to budget your time! Limit the number of hours each day you’re going to spend on wedding stuff. Otherwise, you can feel like it is taking over your life. Stick to your schedule. You’ll thank me for it.

Spend Time With Friends and Family

This is what it is all about, folks. One of the best things about your wedding is being able to spend time with the people you care the most about. This also happens to be one of the great things about the holidays. So, enjoy yourself. Be in the moment with those people who matter to you. Put down the planning, and have some laughs (and maybe a few cocktails) and remember what really matters.

Enjoy Yourself

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a very, very happy new year! If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment and share it with someone else who might need to take a step back from the planning this holiday.

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