Planning for a wedding can be overwhelming, sometimes consuming every aspect of your day-to-day schedule. From narrowing down the guest list to finalizing your seat chart, it can feel like there is always another detail to plan before you forget. Although your big day will undoubtedly be beautiful and unforgettable, it’s easy for couples to feel burnt out and overwhelmed by the process.
At the end of it all, the stress of planning a wedding can have a significant impact on both your mental and physical health. And with all of the time and energy spent on wedding planning, it can be easy to forget to prepare for (and get excited about) their upcoming honeymoon. But you need to plan your honeymoon as well…after all, it’s the time you get to finally completely decompress, relax, and celebrate with the one you love after the wedding.
To make the process easier, here are a few tips you can incorporate into wedding planning to make sure you feel prepared and stress-free for your honeymoon.
Start Planning Early
After a long day of wedding planning, arranging the details of your honeymoon can seem too exhausting to handle. To solve this problem, make some movies prior to wedding planning. Before you get overwhelmed with wedding details is a great time begin your research about possible honeymoon destinations that look perfect for you and your partner. This is also the ideal time to take care of details like applying for a passport or travel visa if needed, read recent reviews of hotels and attractions, and start anticipating any packing essentials you will need to purchase. Once you pick a destination, make a packing list and keep adding to it as you think of things.
During the week before your wedding, the last thing you will want to do is suddenly have to worry about the essentials you need for your honeymoon. This is where your checklist comes in. Starting the list early will make the packing process much easier and give you a feeling of security knowing that you are well prepared to jet off. If you’re staying at a resort or hotel for your honeymoon, call early to confirm your stay so there are no unexpected problems or delays.
Pro tip: consider staying at an all-inclusive resort to save time on planning and researching your romantic getaway.
Eat Right & Exercise
Paying attention to your health and nutrition is essential for feeling your best. During the craziness of wedding planning, it can be easy to forget to eat right and exercise daily. Surely, you’ll want to look your best for your wedding day as well as your honeymoon, and taking small steps such as making healthier food choices during wedding planning can have a powerful impact not only on your physical health but also mental health.
Our health is directly correlated to the nutrition choices we make every day. It’s important to think about the way you eat and exercise, starting months before your wedding date. Begin building healthy habits by starting a well-researched diet plan that accommodates your nutrition needs, such as that from WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers. By providing your body with the necessary nutrients and healthier options for snacks and meals, you will notice a difference in the way you feel physically and mentally.
Getting in shape for your big day and beach honeymoon getaway is great inspiration to start hitting the gym or changing up your fitness routine. Exercising regularly has been proven to lower stress levels and have an immense effect on your happiness. If you historically have a hard time staying motivated, try incorporating new workouts into your fitness routine to keep things fresh. Find workouts you enjoy, so exercise becomes less of a chore. If you can find a friend who wants to work out with you, it will make it even easier to stay motivated and have fun!
Activities like yoga, pilates, and kickboxing can significantly reduce your cortisol levels (your body’s stress hormone) and cause your body to produce endorphins that help you relax. Regular exercise and proper nutrition will not only help you feel your best, but also look your best for your wedding and honeymoon.
Take A Day for Yourself
Take a step away from wedding and honeymoon planning and book yourself an appointment at the spa. Do your research and find recommended spa treatments to help you look your best for your wedding (and honeymoon) or spend an hour or two getting a massage to release any built-up tension. Through all the chaos of planning, it’s important to set aside some time just for you!
Another great idea to help you relax and look your best is by getting a facial. Facials are a beneficial way to refresh your skin and give your face a glow that is natural and radiant. Depending on where you decide to honeymoon, your skin may be exposed to wind or sun damage. To help avoid any damage, consult with a professional about what facials or treatments will help protect your skin from these elements.
Plan A Date Night
It’s easy to become distracted and allow the wedding details to control all conversations with your fiancé. Instead, put wedding planning aside, head to your favorite restaurant and spend the evening talking and catching up. Or, if it’s a better option, stay in for the evening with your favorite snacks and a bottle of wine to do the same! It may surprise you what things you have forgotten about one another, or forgotten you enjoyed talking about.
When all else fails, focusing on your honeymoon might just be the escape from wedding planning stress you need! Stay home, put on your favorite pair of sweatpants, and begin looking at all the fun excursions or attractions offered by or around your honeymoon resort or destination. After a long day or week of wedding planning, imagining yourself on the beach with your partner could be a great antidote to wedding planning stress.
As the details of your wedding and honeymoon come together, it’s critical to take care of your mental and physical health. Put your planning aside and spend a day or two to get away, or do something new that you have been meaning to try! Remember, your beautiful wedding will come together and you will soon be relaxing on a much-needed honeymoon vacation. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the planning process much more if you give yourself the opportunity to relax and de-stress every now and then!