Here is a treat for you this week! Mary Czarneck  over at Stress Free Modern Bride  has written this guest post for us on how to plan your wedding without the stress! Click the link to see more from Mary!

I remember my engagement like it was yesterday. One moment I was excitedly saying “Yes!”, and the next moment, my mind was completely taken over with wedding planning. I went from euphoria to completely stressed out in a matter of a few short weeks.

That’s why I started Stress Free Modern Bride. As brides-to-be, there are so many things running through our minds, from choosing wedding colors to developing relationships with our soon-to-be in-laws. Wedding planning can seem like a daunting task that can stress you out just thinking about it.

Not to worry-You don’t have to float through wedding planning in a stressed-out fog. We have come up with a few great ways to transform you from Seriously Stressed to Blissful Bride.

Create a budget

It’s easy to get a bit out of control when it comes to wedding planning. Sure, we would all love to have a 200-guest ceremony, in a castle with maître d’s in tuxedos serving everyone. However, that isn’t realistic for most brides.  It’s also likely that you are dealing with input from others (friends, relatives, wedding planners) who are suggesting lavish additions to your wedding. Our best advice here is to create a wedding budget before you begin planning and stick to it.


Being a bridesmaid means more than getting to wear a beautiful dress. It also means assisting the bride with whatever she needs. Utilize your maid of honor and bridesmaids pre-wedding. Ask them to research vendors, assemble wedding favors and take ownership of other tasks that have been bogging you down. Also consider giving your mother a few specific duties to be in charge of. She will love that she gets to help, and feel involved and included.

Make time for date nights

It’s easy to get so caught up in wedding planning that you forget to spend quality time with your fiancé. Make it a priority to set aside a few nights each month for date night. Go someplace new, relax and  enjoy one another.

Talk to your partner

Out of all the tips above, I think that is one of the most important. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious about a wedding-related issues, let your future spouse know. Sharing your feelings early on will not only set you up for a successful marriage, but will also decrease the chances that you will blow up at him for no reason, causing you both unnecessary stress.

Download our tip sheet

Wedding planning is one of the most stressful events in a woman’s life, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together 10 tips that will ease your tension and improve your mood so that you can stress less and enjoy more. Click here to download our Stress Less Tips and be on your way to a wonderful wedding planning experience!