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Nobody Likes a Bridezilla: Tips to Tame Wedding-Planning Stress


It’s a gross understatement to say that planning a wedding is stressful. With all of the coordination, timing and numerous things to prepare for (not to mention family politics!), it’s no wonder that nice, normal people turn into grumpy grooms and bridezillas. However, you don’t have to become a stressed-out stereotype on your big day. In fact, it is possible to plan a wedding and keep your healthy cool — no matter the situation.

Tips to Beat Wedding Stress

1. You and your fiancé want different types of weddings. One of the biggest wedding stressors occurs when you and your fiancé have very different ideas of what your special day should be like. Traditional and in a church? Small and in your parents’ backyard? A tropical destination wedding? The options are limitless, and couples are less bound by tradition now than ever before. But if the soon-to-be-wed couple can’t agree on what kind of ceremony to have, or worse — one person wants a wedding and the other just wants to go to the courthouse — stress can be high from the get-go.

2. How to de-stress. Before you plan any wedding details, sit down with your fiancé and make a list of the top three things that are important to each of you as far as the ceremony and reception are concerned. Then, calmly and patiently compare lists to see where you can compromise. If he wants a small wedding but you want a big one, you can always hold a small ceremony and then a big after-party. Or, if he wants a destination wedding and you want to be home, simply have the ceremony out of town and the reception in your hometown. Remember that this is the person you are agreeing to spend the rest of your life with, so take a few deep breaths and find a solution that you can both be happy with. Marriage is all about give and take!

Read on for five more ways to say “I Don’t” to stress before you say “I Do…” —Jenn

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  1. My guy wanted to run off and get married. I wanted to stay home. He wanted it casual The thing I had to do was listen a bit deeper We went out looking for a suit or casual clothes, he ended up renting a tux. I took him to the venue and NOW he loves the idea. A lot of it, well, what he was saying is NOT what he was dreaming or envisioning I think a lot of times the guys want the “dream” wedding but don’t want all the hassles and the planning. Just my opinion.

  2. Cassie says:

    I don’t really plan on getting married when I get older, but these were fun to read!

  3. Sunni says:

    From a girl who had the big wedding, didn’t want the big wedding and intends to get married again in the future – big formal weddings are for everyone BUT the bride and groom. They’re a waste of money and over before you can even enjoy them – they go so fast and are so scheduled it’s just not romantic at all. Save your money, do something personal with only your nearest and dearest and you’ll be so grateful you did. Next, time I will be eloping.

  4. Jordan says:

    I just got engaged last month and have begun the planning chaos! At first we both wanted to have a destination wedding with about 50 people, but my mom kind of put up a stink and said she couldn’t afford to go. I realized how important having my mom there was so I tried to look into having a wedding closer to home but my fiancé would not have it – I’m glad he said no because we realized we could pay for my mom to come out to the wedding. Everyone’s comments are stressful and I feel kind of bad about “making” people go on vacation but in the end I have to be a little selfish and tell them it’s my day, if you want to be there for us then you will find a way!

  5. Sofia says:

    Great content shared by you.. really helpful and useful article.

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