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Yes, You Can Take a Wedding-Planning Break During the Holidays. Here's How

You can (and should!) take a break to relax, recharge, and spend time with those you love most.

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The holidays are a great time of year to relax, unwind, and spend time with family and friends. But if you're in the thick of wedding planning, it's also a time of year when you'll be answering a million questions about your upcoming nuptials. And it's a time when you may start feeling stressed about all that's left on your to-do list. Fear not, as this is a very normal thing for couples to go through during the holiday season. Here are some tips on how to cope.

 

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Don't just take a pause, take a real break.

Of course, it'll feel counterintuitive to take time away from wedding planning when you're already feeling bogged down, but it's important that you give yourself a break. The secret to planning a wedding that most couples don't realize is that it always gets done. You'll cross every task off your to-do list eventually, even if it means a little bit of a hustle near the end. So, give yourself permission to relax and enjoy spending time with your friends and family right now.

 

Know that your vendors will be on a break.

Though some wedding vendors will have events over the holiday season, most won't be answering their emails and phone calls until their break is over. If a vendor has given you a head's up that they'll be on vacation, make it a point to wait until they return before reaching out with questions and requests. For most people who work in the event industry, this time of year is sacred, as it's often their only opportunity to disconnect.

 

Understand what you can (and can't) do right now.

While you're on your break, you'll likely think of things you need or want to do when you get back in the swing of things. That's great. Jot them down and come back to them later. This time is best used to browse a bit and talk to friends and family. You can use this as an opportunity to gather information and opinions about anything wedding-related you might be struggling with.

 

Take advantage of the sales.

Christmas and New Year's Day sales are notoriously good at department stores and online, so if you're going to cross anything off your wedding to-do list during this holiday break, it should be something shopping related. Whether purchasing undergarments, accessories, shoes, or gifts for your wedding party, there's plenty of retail therapy you can probably get out of the way during this time.