April 19, 2024

Are you stressed with wedding planning? 

Walking down the aisle soon? Feeling the stress? April is Stress Awareness Month and we’re sure a few brides-to-be (and their future grooms) can relate! Wedding planning involves a lot of time, energy, money, and — you guessed it — stress.

What is Stress Awareness Month?

Since 1992, Stress Awareness Month has been observed every April to bring attention to this public health challenge. It serves as a platform for open conversations about the impact of stress, offering a dedicated opportunity to get rid of the guilt, shame, and stigma surrounding mental health. 

To mark Stress Awareness Month, Town & Country Inn and Suites is taking a look at the stress couples face while planning their wedding and offering strategies to cope. This article will help you recognize stress during wedding planning, lead you to practice self-care and stress-reducing techniques and provide tips for maintaining perspective during this stressful time.

Recognize Stress During Wedding Planning

As you navigate the intricate details and emotions involved in preparing for one of life’s most significant events, it’s important to recognize the impact of stress on your well-being, especially during wedding planning. Watch out for:

Budget Stress

One common source of wedding stress is budget concerns. Many couples experience stress and anxiety over the financial aspects of planning a wedding, including staying within budget, managing expenses, and dealing with unexpected costs.

Guest and Family Stress

Another common source of wedding stress is managing guest expectations and family dynamics. Couples may feel pressure to accommodate the preferences and desires of family members, navigate complicated relationships, and balance competing interests while planning their wedding. This can lead to stress and tension as couples strive to create a celebration that satisfies everyone involved.

Time Management Stress

Planning a wedding is full of time management challenges. Tasks, deadlines, and appointments can quickly become overwhelming. Brides- and grooms-to-be may feel stressed about keeping track of all the details, staying on schedule, and ensuring that everything is completed in time for the big day.

Vendor Stress

From communication breakdowns and reliability concerns to budget pressures and last-minute changes, interactions with wedding vendors can significantly impact the couple’s stress levels during the planning process. Poor communication, delays, unexpected expenses, and subpar services can create anxiety and uncertainty, leaving couples feeling overwhelmed and worried if the food and flowers will even arrive in time.

Watch Your Physical and Mental Well-Being 

Stress often presents itself in physical symptoms, and it can even lead to serious health issues, such as cardiovascular disease. Seventy-seven percent of Americans report that they experience physical symptoms as a result of stress and about 48 percent blame stress for negatively impacting their personal and professional lives. 

Stress can bring on headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, and gastrointestinal issues. Chronic stress has been linked to a range of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and weakened immune function. It can also make existing health conditions worse and increase your risk of developing new ones. Unfortunately, prolonged stress can even disrupt sleep patterns, leading to insomnia or other sleep disturbances, which further contribute to physical health issues.

Strategies for Managing Wedding Stress 

From simple self-care tips to effective stress management techniques, Town & Country Inn and Suites is happy to provide practical insights and actionable tips to help you prioritize your health and happiness throughout this journey. Join us as we explore ways to cultivate resilience, maintain balance, and find moments of peace amidst the excitement and chaos of wedding prep.

Stay Active

Whether it’s going for a walk, a run, or engaging in indoor or outdoor exercises (while practicing social distancing), dedicate 20–30 minutes every day to move your body. This will help release endorphins, boost your mood, and enhance your sleep quality.

Find Humor

Spend time creating joyful memories with loved ones, indulge in your favorite comedy shows or funny videos online, or dive into humorous books or articles. Keeping your environment light and positive through laughter can uplift your mood and strengthen your immune system.

Embrace Creativity

Explore your creative side by trying activities like adult coloring, writing, drawing, painting, or photography. Engaging in creative pursuits can be both fulfilling and therapeutic, providing an outlet for self-expression and relaxation.

Develop Healthy Eating and Sleep Habits 

Eating better foods when stressed is important because a healthy diet can help support your body’s ability to cope. When stressed, the body may crave unhealthy comfort foods high in sugar, fat, and processed ingredients, but these choices can actually worsen stress levels and lead to further health issues.

Sleep also plays a huge role in regulating mood, cognitive function, and overall well-being. When stressed, the body’s natural stress response system can become overactive, leading to heightened levels of cortisol and other stress hormones. Give your body the opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate. It will help you cope.

Get Support from Friends, Family, or a Professional Counselor 

Whether it’s a phone call, video chat, or in-person meeting, make time to connect with loved ones and share updates on your wedding planning journey. They can often provide emotional support, offer perspective, or lend a listening ear. Ask for help with specific tasks or responsibilities, as loved ones may be happy to assist you during this busy time.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope with the stress, consider seeking support from a professional counselor or therapist. A trained mental health professional can offer guidance, tools, and strategies to help you manage stress and help you navigate the challenges of wedding planning.

Set Boundaries and Learn To Say No

Clearly communicate your boundaries and limitations to friends, family members, and wedding vendors. Be honest about what you can and cannot handle, and express your needs assertively but respectfully. Don’t be afraid to say no. Be firm and polite when declining requests that don’t align with your priorities or values. Practice saying no assertively but kindly.

Maintain Perspective 

While busy wedding planning, keep sight of the love and commitment that make your special day meaningful. Prioritize what truly matters to you and your partner, focusing on joy and fulfillment. Embrace imperfection. Understand that genuine moments outweigh flawless details.

Remember, it’s the journey of love and connection that defines your wedding day. Cherish each moment and create lasting memories for you and your loved ones.


Addressing stress during wedding planning is important for protecting your well-being, staying focused and present, and creating the wedding day of your dreams. Prioritize self-care, communication, and stress management strategies and it will help you navigate the ups and downs of wedding planning with confidence and grace. It is time to set the stage for a joyous and unforgettable celebration of your love!

Town & Country Inn and Suites Can Help 

Let Town & Country Inn and Suites be your trusted partner in handling the stress of wedding planning. Our team of wedding experts is here to alleviate your burden, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience for your special day. From venue selection to catering coordination, we can take care of the details while you focus on creating lasting memories with your loved ones. 

Additionally, we encourage continued discussion about stress awareness and mental health, recognizing the importance of prioritizing well-being during this significant time. Let’s work together to ensure a stress-free and amazing wedding celebration!

Your wedding day is special, and we are here to help. If you are interested in learning more about our wedding packages, please call 855-214-0400 or contact us today!