The Bride's Guide to Less Stress

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Between gown fittings, cake tastings, and missed calls from the wedding planner, planning your wedding can be extremely stressful. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping cool and stressing less!

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Believe it or not, there are some details that you really don't have to worry about. For example:

1.  The Shoes: Your shoes don't have to match your gown perfectly and they don't have to be the best pair you've ever laid eyes on. We've seen cowboy boots, purple pumps, Toms, bare feet, and even bedazzled high-tops...they were all fabulous. All that matters is that your feet are comfortable and happy! Plus, a major up-side to wearing white is that is matches with everything.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: Like your shoes for example

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2. The Favors: This is one detail that can be unexpectedly overwhelming! With so many different favors to choose from it's easy to get caught up in picking the "perfect" items to represent your relationship. Don't spend too much time picking the favors but rather keep this simple tip in mind: people like food and plants.

Ditch the little charms they'll just throw away and give your guests something they can either enjoy on the spot or use to liven up their window sill. While everything else should be about you and your spouse-to-be, the favors should be all about what the guests want.

Wedding Favors

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3. The Bridal Party: You might think I'm crazy to say this is not something worth worrying about because I'm sure you've spent sleepless nights thinking about who to pick for your bridal party. However, this really should not be a stressful decision... seriously!

Pick the people who first come to mind. Then have some special seats reserved for  the "runner ups", so they feel special too. Also, don't worry if you have two gals or twenty-seven, it really doesn't matter as long as your happy standing next to them! And hey, if you want to have your dog up there with you, the more the merrier!

The Bridal Party

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Treat Yourself During Planning 

Little things can help keep you smiling during wedding planning!

1. Go On a Date : Have a date night with one rule only: no wedding talk. If your too sick of planning, your date can be as simple as a one big bowl of pasta with two forks. Plus, believe it or not, holding hands during your date has been shown to relive stress.

Treat Yourself During Planning: Go on a date

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2. Take a Walk: I know it sounds simple but walking can help clear your mind, revitalize your creative juices, and maintain balance in your life. Studies show that brain activity is heightened and more attune after just a simple 5 minute walk. Additionally, it has been proven that being surrounded by nature can significantly lower your heart rate.

3.  Jazz It Up: Unwind with some jazz music and a glass of red wine after a long day of planning. The little bits of dancing that ensue are sure signs that you're on your way to being stress free!

Maintain Peace Before the Big Day 

The day before you're wedding should be completely serene and stress free. Easier said that done, right? Here are some ways to keep the peace:

1. Eat a Healthy Dinner: Stress can often cause over-eating and an extra stubborn Sweet Tooth. However, indulging the night before and then feeling bloated the next day can just lead to more stress. Stay strong and opt for a healthy dinner so that you wake up feeling ready to rock that wedding dress. Try a dinner with dark greens (spinach or arugula), brown rice, and a lean protein like fish or chicken (salmon can add some glow to your skin). As hard as it may be, stay away from too many champagne toasts as it may cause you to bloat; however, if you want to take the edge off, opt for a nice red wine.

2. Make a List: Instead of thinking about all the little details that could go wrong, get them all out of your head and on paper. Give yourself 10 minutes (maximum!) to write all your worries down. Then take a deep breath, crumple up the paper, and throw it away!

Maintain Peace Before the Big Day

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3. Ditch the Cell Phone: You've never needed your Maid of Honor more than on the night before the big day. Just before you begin your nightly routine, give her your phone and ask her to manage all those nagging texts and reminders. Let's be honest, it would be impossible to get some rest with your phone buzzing on your nightstand!

Your Turn...

What is your favorite thing to do to de-stress?