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Bride Guide to Sanity

By Jill Renee, President of DanforthDiamond.com, a leading authority on diamonds, fine jewelry, and engagement rings. Danforth Diamond provides wisdom and advice to help you choose the right ring at the right price. Visit DanforthDiamond.com or call 877.404.RING

Getting engaged comes with rights. For example, as a soon-to-be bride, you have the right to plan your wedding according to your own vision. As long as a particular feature fits into the budget, it’s fair game. The danger is that you might immerse yourself so deeply in the details that you start obsessing about everything. Ultimately, the obsession leads to stress and frustration which can siphon the fun out of the planning process.

Today, we’ll help you maintain your sanity by providing some useful advice to follow during your engagement. You’ll find the following tips have a common theme: loosening your grip on the reins.

Give Your Bridesmaids Flexibility

You might be tempted to plan every last detail of your bridesmaids’ outfits, especially if doing so will make you look better at the altar. But, that can cause potential problems. First, even though your bridesmaids expect to wear the dress that you select for them, they’ll want flexibility with their shoes, makeup, and hair. It may be your right as a bride-to-be to demand their compliance, but they won’t like it. Second, the more details you nitpick, the more likely you’ll lose your perspective.

Let Others Handle The Rehearsal Dinner

Traditionally, the responsibility of organizing the rehearsal dinner has fallen on others’ shoulders. In most cases, you won’t be involved (other than showing up and enjoying the attention, of course). What’s more, everyone who attends understands that you played no part in putting it together. That means the style, decor, food, and other features won’t be associated with your tastes.

The parents of the groom will often take the reins in arranging the rehearsal dinner. If they ask for your advice, provide it. Otherwise, sit back and let them handle the details. It’s one less thing for you to worry about.

Plan Your Wedding Dress Around Your Normal Weight

Most of us can afford to shed one or two extra pounds. But, launching a “do or die” weight loss regimen for the sole purpose of squeezing into your wedding gown is a mistake. It takes a lot out of you. Crash diets can be physically and emotionally exhausting. While you may look good standing at the altar, there’s also a chance you’ll be hungry, cranky, and unable to enjoy yourself. Not savoring your big day would be a shame.

Giving Up Control And Relaxing

You want everything to be perfect, of course. And often, it seems like the only way to get things done is to do it yourself. But, there lies the road to pre-wedding insanity. Do yourself (and everyone else) a favor. Loosen your grip on the wedding planning reins and let yourself enjoy your engagement. You’ll feel more relaxed and happier around the people you love. And in the end, that might prove more enjoyable than a “perfect” wedding day.


Things Every Bride Should Avoid

By Jill Renee, President of DanforthDiamond.com, a leading authority on diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry. Danforth Diamond provides wisdom and advice to help you choose the right ring at the right price. Visit DanforthDiamond.com or call 877.404.RING

The months leading up to your wedding day quickly turn into weeks. The weeks turn into days and before you know it, your wedding is right around the corner. That’s when the planning shifts into high gear and the stress begins to take its toll. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to reduce your stress and the frustration of those around you (including your fiance!). Below, we’ll share 3 mistakes that you should take care to avoid.

#1 – Not Enlisting Your Friends

Planning a wedding is an enormous task. Without the help of your friends, managing the hundreds of small details can become overwhelming. A lot of brides take it upon themselves to micromanage the entire process; they feel that’s the only way they can preserve their vision for a “perfect” wedding. Inevitably, as the clock counts down to the big day, stress levels skyrocket.

Ask your friends for help. Not only will doing so allow you to relax, but chances are, they’d love to give you a hand.

#2 – Obsessing Over Being Copied

You’re excited about your dress and show pictures of it to one of your engaged friends. Before you know it, she’s planning to wear the same dress at her wedding – weeks before your own! Whether it’s your gown, favors, flowers, or another feature of your big day, being copied can raise anyone’s temper.

Before picking up the phone and giving your friend a piece of your mind, think about ways in which you can add a personal touch to your own plans. For example, she may have copied your idea for your gown, but are there ways to spruce yours up? Also, you can limit the damage by keeping your lips sealed until your wedding day.

#3 – Trying To Drop Pounds Quickly

Maybe you’re a few pounds over your ideal weight. So, in a fit of optimism and determination, you decide to buy a wedding dress that will fit your body perfectly… as long as you drop 15 pounds. Even though you may be able to shed enough weight to fit into your gown, is it worth the effort? First, rapid weight loss make you feel tired and irritable. Second, it’s not entirely healthy to drop the pounds so quickly.

Purchase a dress that looks great on your current body. Ideally, your trips to the gym should focus on staying toned and trim. If you drop a few pounds in the process, your gown can be easily altered.

The planning that takes place before your big day will be physically and emotionally demanding. Take care not to create more stress for yourself than necessary. Ask your friends for help, don’t worry about being copied, and forget about crash dieting. Not only will you feel more relaxed, but so will everyone around you.