Even though your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life it will probably be one of the most stressful time periods of your life as well. All the planning that goes into a wedding alone could make someone jump off the deep end. You don't, however, have to allow that stress to take away all the fun that planning for a wedding and the wedding day is supposed to have. Try some of the ideas below to help you take care of that stress that might normally have you tearing your hair out before the big day.
First off, if you really want to start off right then start planning for the wedding as early as you can. If you think that the date you have picked seems like it is way off down the road, it really isn't when it comes to all of the things that will need to be done before the big day arrives. In fact the earlier that you make all of your reservations and all of your guest lists, the sooner you'll be able to focus on all the fun there is going to be when the day comes.
Don't try and plan the entire wedding on your own. Generally the groom to be is hardly ever much help so it's a good idea to just forget that idea and get the stress of asking for his help out of the way by simply not asking him. Get together with family and friends and see who is the most willing to help out and then try delegating some of the responsibilities. It's OK for an occasion like this to take advantage of people and their willingness to help you out. It will make a lot of them feel really good if you allow some of them to run the errands, do the reservations and other stresses. They will feel like they are really contributing to your wedding.
You need to set down goals and write them down and then make sure that you stick to those goals. These goals could be when you want the invitations sent out to when you want to have the wedding cake ordered. Everything that has anything to do with your wedding should have some sort of due date. This way as you accomplish these goals you can mark them off of your goals list. This will help to keep you from getting totally buried by all the wedding plans. It will also give those who are helping an idea of when things need to be done and what things they can help you accomplish.
If you can afford it, it might be a good idea to simply hire a professional wedding planner who can help to relieve a lot of the more direct wedding stress that comes with making all of the plans. If you feel the need to do this, does not mean that you aren't capable of doing it yourself it just means that you are trying to remember that this is a celebration of the union that will be between you and your future husband and that you desire to have it to be the best and with as little stress as possible.
When you let other people offer their opinions to try and help, that's great, just remember though that you need to stay true to what you and your future husband want to have your wedding day to be like and not how they want it to be like. Also remember that a lot of the stress that comes with planning the wedding happens to do with money. Stick to your budget and this should help you avoid the stress that comes with spending too much money.