As you plan for your special day, it is only natural to want everything to go perfectly. The time, energy, money, and resources that go into planning a wedding are immense, so having everything go to plan is a goal many brides strive to achieve. 

However, aiming for nothing short of perfection can cause more harm than good. Managing your wedding expectations is easier said than done, which is why this blog will outline tips you can follow when the pressure starts to rise.

Define Your Needs Versus Your Wants

The first step in managing your wedding expectations as a bride is to define your needs versus your wants and understand the difference between the two. You deserve to have everything you want on your special day, but there are only a few things that absolutely need to happen in order for the event to be a success. 

For example, you may want to have a specific color scheme for your wedding, but you need to ensure that the food will arrive at the time of your meal reservation. Identifying the differences between needs and wants can help you prioritize what must be accomplished.

Practice Giving Thanks

When planning and preparing get stressful, try to take a step back and practice giving thanks. Allocating time to think about everything you are thankful for such as your soon-to-be spouse, the ability to plan an event that family and friends can enjoy, and the opportunity to celebrate such a special moment. When times get crazy, giving thanks for what you have can help provide you with some clarity! 

Steer Clear of Striving For Total Perfection

It’s normal to want everything on your wedding day to go perfectly. But setting extremely high expectations can lead you to be disappointed long-term, which you want to try and avoid! Your day will not go perfectly, and accepting this can be hard. You want to try and start practicing a flexible mindset early on so that you can accept this come wedding day. Rely on family and friends for support – they just want you to be happy! 

Let Go of What You Can’t Control

Letting go of what you can’t control might just be the hardest part of planning a wedding or any major event. Understand that while your planning team is working as hard as they can, they aren’t able to control every single detail. You will have a great deal of responsibilities to complete on your wedding day, so you won’t have time to organize last-minute details. Let go of what you can’t control and embrace the authenticity of your day! 

We hope this article will help you unwind and enjoy your special day. Managing your wedding expectations as a bride is hard, but you can do it!

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