10 Inexpensive Ways to De-Stress When Wedding Planning

Planning your wedding is an incredibly stressful process. Making sure everything is running smoothly, finances are in order, and managing your guests and guest list can take over most of your days and spending budget. You deserve a break! Making time for some self-care can carry you through this stressful time and help heighten your wedding day bliss! Here are 10 tips that can help you to de-stress and reinvigorate you.

Game night With friends!

Laughter and simple enjoyment is a great antidote to too much stress. Reach out to your friends or family members who you are most able to relax and have fun around. See if they can get together to play games. Make sure you don’t put more on your plate by overcommitting to hosting though by making it a potluck or BYOB event! Some great games you can try to amp up the laughter are:

  • Cards Against Humanity

  • Unstable Unicorns

  • Head’s Up

  • Mario Party

  • Mario Kart (test your bridesmaids' friendship!)

  • Apples to Apples

  • Exploding Kittens

Exercise

Burn the stress away and feel better. Exercising has been shown to reduce stress levels and assist in clearing the mind. While it may feel counterproductive at first, the chemicals your body releases during exercise will help you sleep and feel better, and there are plenty of different types of exercise to keep it interesting!.

    • Yoga can move at a slower pace and is a great exercise to start with. Find a class or even a video online to follow. It’s great for beginners.

    • Running can be hard to get started with, but it’s an inexpensive option that doesn’t need a lot of equipment. It’s also a great way to get the endorphins pumping!

    • Zumba or Pound classes are a fun and popular exercise option that has a great soundtrack.

Day trips/mini-getaways

Do you have a special place that is a little further away? Getting away from your normal routine can help you calm down and put life back into perspective. The more familiar your getaway place, the less planning you need to do, and the more you can focus on living in the moment and re-centering yourself.

    • Take a trip to the beach with a good book.

    • Maybe try a walk in the woods. The air and atmosphere of a forest can lower stress levels, blood pressure, and heart rate, helping you calm down.

Cleaning therapy

Cleaning can be therapeutic because it is a monotonous and mindless action. Depending on what you’re cleaning, the elbow grease you put in can have the same effect as exercise. It can also help by giving you the satisfaction of completing tasks, which can release dopamine into your system and lift your mood. When you’re all done, you’ll notice the clean space will help you relax, too. It’s a win-win!

  • Scrub the tiles in your bathtub.

  • Power wash the front steps.

  • Start packing if you’re moving after the wedding.

  • Clean out your closet. Bonus points for donating clothes you don’t wear!

Wine + movie + fiancé

Find a time where it can just be you and your fiancé. Schedule a free night or let it come up spontaneously and choose a movie you’d both like (or would like to have on in the background). Open a nice bottle of wine and enjoy a movie or binge watching that new show at home with your fiancé.

    • Comedies can help you laugh together.

    • A horror movie is a great excuse to cling.

    • Catching up on a popular show you’ve been too busy for can give you the feeling of checking something off your never-ending to-do list.

Home spa day

One of the most relaxing things to a lot of people is going to the spa, but when you are planning a wedding, that can be a little out of the budget. Instead, bring the spa home to you!

    • Buy a face and hair mask. They are a quick way to pamper yourself and brighten your skin and hair.

    • Bath bombs are one of our favorite ways to take an old-fashioned bath to the next level. You can even get ones that are infused with CBD to help you sink into the bath and relax even more.

    • Candles and essential oils tap into our sense of smell, which is a powerful stimulus that we can take advantage of in our quest to relax! The scent of lavender has been known to have strong calming effects.

Stay hydrated

Make sure you’re drinking enough water. Dehydration has a huge effect on your cortisol levels (stress hormones). Even if you don’t like plain water, there are fun ways to make sure you are getting more H2O.

    • Strawberry and basil infused water not only tastes great but also has a lot of vitamin C to make sure you stay healthy leading up to the big day!

    • Blueberry lavender water is a unique flavor that taps into the relaxing properties of lavender.

    • Cucumber and jalapeno water sounds like a sketchy choice, but the capsaicin helps boost your metabolism, and the cucumber has an amino acid that supports your kidneys and filters out ammonia.

Eat healthy

A balanced diet can go a long way to lowering your stress levels. When your body has the vitamins and nutrients it needs, it is better able to handle stress. A lot of healthy foods associated with stress relief are also easy and delicious!

  • Avocado and bananas are loaded with potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure.

  • Fish with a lot of omega-3 like salmon and tuna give your body the nutrients it needs to help manage your adrenaline levels.

  • Nuts like almonds, pistachios, and walnuts contain multiple vitamins and zinc that can boost your immune system.

  • Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and is shown to boost serotonin levels that can help you feel happier. As long as you don’t go overboard, it’s a delicious treat that can also help you feel great.

The most important part of any attempt to de-stress before the wedding is doing what you can to let go! Remember, you are not alone in this process. Your family, friends, and the team at Klock Entertainment are here to make the wedding planning process as easy as possible!