Ways to Stay Relaxed on a Budget During Wedding Planning

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Happy wedding Wednesday, friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I thought I would share a little insight on how I have been trying to stay relaxed during the process of wedding planning and on a budget. If you are a fellow bride, this blog post is for you and I hope this helps you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also writing this with 6 months into my own wedding planning and plan to look back at this post when the wedding gets closer, because we all know the last few weeks before the wedding sure can be crazy!! haha!

During all the questions of, “What are your colors?” “What are your table settings going to be like?” “Have you picked the style of your invitations yet?” “Who is all invited” “How much is this?” “What are you spending on that?” and so on and so on, ALL on top of your already busy work and life schedule, your mind can go crazy. You may start to feel defeated, stressed, and probably break down and cry a few times. (Yes, this is ALL me! haha!)

David and I have felt like our planning has been a roller coaster. There are weeks were we are in full on plan mode and then some weeks where there isn’t much wedding talk at all. Of course once we knock something off of our list, we are thrilled. Unfortunately, before we are thrilled, we have had our times of stress.

There are times where I want to go get my nails done, we want to get massages, or I simply want do some shopping therapy. Welllll, when you are planning for a wedding, you are also on a budget. With that being said, I have figured out ways to relax and get my mind straight and in the right direction.

I absolutely love to work out and I feel like my couples/client know that, but I want you to keep in mind that I strongly believe that is my main stress reliever and so much more. But I will not be adding that to my “ways to relax” as I know a lot of others don’t work out as much as I do. So, I plan to share OTHER ways to stay relaxed and not stressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Taking a bubble bath. I absolutely LOVE Lush products for a bath. With their price tag and having to save for our wedding, I have been choosing bubble bath soaps from Target. One that I continue to go back for is this Lavender one. If it’s not this one, it’s another generic kind and I add some Epsom salt from the bag. The lavender helps calm me and if I am taking the bath at night, it helps put me to sleep.
  2. Walking around your neighborhood during sunset. Walking can be considered “working out,” and I said I wasn’t going to share about working out, but hear me out. I live in an apartment complex where our mail is in one spot with a 2-3 minute walk. Since my workouts tend to be harder, music blasting, and not a simple quiet walk, I just consider this a sooth relaxer. ESPECIALLY during sunset time. Walking through the neighborhood, seeing the sunshine go through the trees, and listening to the birds chirp, it has helped give me a little break from being in my house doing wedding planning. It’s always nice to see your neighbors and share a quick hello and smile with each other. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have a dog, this would be a great option for you!
  3. Go to the park or up to the mountains. This point kind of goes in hand with point #2, but this one is sitting and enjoying the nature. I love sitting at parks and people watching. (I tend to do this before my clients come to parks for their sessions.) This last week I had a session up in Wrightwood and sat at Inspiration Point and relaxed a bit. There is something about finding a bench, putting that phone away (or in Wrightwoods case, no cell service), people watch, and connecting with the nature is sure relaxing.
  4. Call a friend. Lately when I am feeling stressed or lost during the wedding planning process, I have been calling my mom or David’s sister. They are always there to answer my calls or texts with questions on what to do. Simply talking about it and asking for help, helps!
  5. STOP and watch TV or read a book. This one is hard for me, as I always have to finish something I have started, but it is something I have done a few times during the wedding planning process. There have been times when I shut off my phone or computer and turn on Netflix to distract myself. Then there are other times where I pull out one of our marriage or self-growth books to help distract me from the planning and get me excited to start our marriage together. That’s what the wedding is all about, right?

Some of these points may be obvious to some, but day to day, there are times we forget about HOW or WHAT to do when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

I hope these little pointers that have helped me, help you, not to only save a little bit of money, but keep you sane. Wedding planning sure can be crazy, but keep in mind, it should also be fun too! The more you are relaxed and remember the reason why we are planning a wedding, it gets you excited again for your big day and the start of your marriage. ๐Ÿ™‚

We are all that much closer to officially spending our lives with our partners we surely love! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Shelby Danielle
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I am a wedding & portrait photographer based in Southern California and beyond!

I started at the young age of 16 in my hometown of Orange in Orange
County, California. As my photography business grew and I got married,
life took me to the Chino Hills area, making me more centered to all
major Southern California counties.

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