That engagement ring feels incredible, right? I bet your Pinterest boards are overflowing with inspiration, and your head is swimming with a million different wedding ideas. As exciting as this is, let’s be honest: wedding planning can be that dreaded word… stressful. Looming deadlines, decisions pile up, and suddenly that “dream wedding” can start to feel like a freaking pressure cooker.

Have you ever noticed yourself snapping at loved ones, feeling overwhelmed by your growing to-do list, or even secretly (or not-so-secretly) crying into a glass of wine at night?  Yeah, it’s not just you.  Here’s the thing: brides often prioritize everything and everyone else  – the perfect dress, the flawless venue, keeping everyone happy –  while neglecting themselves…

But what if your wedding journey could be different? What if, instead of feeling drained and depleted, you could feel excited, energized, and empowered?

Think of self-care as your personal oasis in the middle of the wedding planning chaos. It’s about intentionally carving out time and space to nurture yourself – mind, body, and spirit.  It’s not a luxury; it’s a necessity for a joyful and fulfilling wedding experience.

Here’s why self-care is a game-changer for brides:

  1. Reduced Stress: Studies show self-care practices like meditation and mindfulness significantly reduce stress hormones. Feeling calmer puts you in a better headspace to tackle those to-do lists.
  2. Boosted Confidence: When you prioritize your well-being, you exude confidence. This shows up in every aspect of your planning, from vendor negotiations, saying no to persistent supposed supporters, to rocking that gorgeous wedding dress.
  3. Stronger Relationships: Feeling good about yourself translates into healthier relationships with your partner, family, and friends. Why? Because communication and patience improve when you’re not running on fumes.
  4. Personal Growth: Believe it or not, wedding planning is a journey of self-discovery. Prioritizing self-care allows you to connect with your needs and desires, setting the foundation for a fulfilling marriage.  Let’s face it, who you are becoming matters. It matters to your fiance, your future self and it impacts every facet of your life, from your marriage to your parenting and even your career path.

According to a recent survey, 80% of brides report high levels of stress during wedding planning. I seriously do not like that statistic but it’s an important one. While “stress-free” might be a tough pill to swallow, brides who practice regular self-care are more likely to feel joyful and in control throughout their wedding journeys. People like me!

Okay, maybe this self-care thing is starting to sound awesome! But if the word ‘schedule’ makes you break out in hives, don’t panic. Your journey to well-being starts with small, simple choices.


So, let’s get down to the basics with a few super easy tips to get you started:


  • Schedule “Me Time”: Block out 30 minutes a day for activities you enjoy, whether it’s reading, taking a walk, or indulging in a relaxing bath.
  • Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body’s signals. Feeling tired? Take a nap. Craving veggies? Nourish yourself with healthy foods. Your body is your temple, treat it with respect.
  • Set Boundaries: Learn to say “no” to requests that drain your energy or don’t align with your priorities. Your well-being matters most.

Your well-being matters most. So, are you ready to say ‘yes’ to yourself and create a wedding experience that feels amazing? Self-care is your secret power! Let’s get started exploring that together. Here’s where the fun begins:

  1. Listen to the podcast episode, “Well-Being in Your Wedding Planning: Why Self-Care is Essential for Brides”. I dive deeper into the science behind self-care and offer more actionable tips.
  2. Download the Wedding Well-being Wheel on my website ( This free tool helps you assess your self-care needs across different dimensions.
  3. Sign up for my free Self-Care Challenge. Get daily inspiration and practical steps to make self-care a regular part of your wedding planning routine.

Remember, your wedding day is a special celebration, but the journey there should be just as beautiful. By prioritizing self-care, it can.