How To Not Let Wedding Planning Take Over Your Life…

Most people are aware that once a girl gets a ring on her finger she suddenly gets consumed with wedding planning. A lot of women even end up planning their wedding at their day job. For a while, I couldn’t understand why women get so obsessive about planning a wedding… And then I got engaged. With so much information being constantly thrown at you it’s no wonder all things weddings suddenly take over lives. Luckily, writing about weddings is just one of my many day jobs so I welcome the information. But for those who aren’t as fortunate and actually need to focus on something else every once in a while, here are my top tips for preventing wedding plans from taking over your life.

1. Avoid Pinterest like the plague.

I made the mistake of making a Pinterest account recently. It’s only been a few days and I’m already addicted. Why? Because the best photos and inspirations all happen to be wedding related. Who can resist all those pretty photos and pins that pop up so frequently? It’s like a drug and I can’t get unhooked. Save yourself while you can, and wait to join the bandwagon until after the wedding. If not, you’ll never have a non-wedding related thought for a while.

2. Only sign up for a few email newsletters and don’t have them sent to your phone.

You’d be surprised how often you get newsletters sent to your inbox on a daily basis. Imagine how much you’d get once you sign up for updates for three or more wedding newsletters. It’s even worse when you have your emails setup for you cell phone. You’ll be getting wedding updates 24/7 via two mediums. And no matter how hard you try, you can’t avoid it. Take my advice. Nip it in the bud and limit the email subscriptions.

3. Stick to following a handful of your wedding favorites on Twitter.

Don’t overdo it by following 110 wedding planners and 15 college buddies. You’re timeline will be filled with nothing other than tiaras, themes, and bridesmaid dresses. Do yourself a favor and stick to following you top 10 to 15 picks. You can keep up with the other ones on Wedding Wednesday – that’s when they tweet the best stuff anyway.

4. Refrain from downloading any toolbar tickers or desktop reminders.

You know when your wedding day is. There’s no need to download every toolbar, desktop manager, and wedding ticker out there. You’d never be able look at your desktop calendar the same way again. Every click of the mouse would be wedding related! Make a promise and  stick to peeking at  that checklist and countdown by logging into your account on The Knot once every few days. Even if you didn’t, chances are you’ve already carved the date into you memory so you’re good to go.

5. Designate only two days a week to watch TLC or WEtv.

I’ve found that it is impossible to watch either channel without seeing a wedding related commercial or preview once every 15 minutes. But that seems to be the problem with most channels these days. And than of course, there are those constant marathons of Say Yes to the Dress, Cake Boss and My Fair Wedding. It’s never ending.

6. Stay away from tabloids and gossip shows

It seems like every week a new celebrity gets engaged these days. It’s only a matter of time until you get wrapped up in Halle Berry’s, Drew Barrymore’s and Jessica Beil’s wedding plans on top of your own. Trust me – you’ll never hear the end of speculation wedding reports once a celeb proposal goes down. Channel your will power and resist the urge to follow celeb wedding gossip.

Did I forget something? Did your wedding take control of your life or vice versa?

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  1. January 11, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    This cracked me up. I hated wedding planning….hence the type of wedding we chose to have. I never got how women can go so insane about planning a wedding, but then never pick up one pregnancy or baby care book.

    Great tips. I agree w/ all of them…except avoiding pinterest…..pinterest is my new babydaddy 🙂 (don’t tell John!)

    • January 11, 2012 / 12:59 pm

      I was truly trying to stay away from Pinterest because I knew I would get hooked. But someone made a thread about it on LHCF and it was all over. I had to cave! Now I spend so much time looking at all the pretty wedding boards.

      I agree with you though. It is odd how they know all about weddings and never look at pregnancy things. The same goes for the time spent planning for a wedding versus the time spent planning for the marriage.

  2. January 11, 2012 / 6:21 pm

    Congrats on the upcoming wedding! When I got married, there was no Twitter, web nor email marketing to distract, but I remember plenty to do. Certainly no Pinterest! Glad it’s part of your job.

    • January 11, 2012 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you! I consider myself lucky that this whole wedding world is part of my job. Otherwise, I will certainly never get anything accomplished with all that is ahead of me. ! Truth be told I don’t even like planning my own wedding. I really just love writing about it for other people and businesses. LOL

  3. January 11, 2012 / 6:43 pm

    Planning a wedding can be so stressful! I am so glad most of that stuff wasn’t around when I got married. Thank goodness!

    • January 11, 2012 / 7:17 pm

      Consider yourself lucky. Sometimes all of these outlets can be too much to handle!