The holidays are filled with so much hustle and bustle. Traveling, shopping, hosting, and everything in between. As Atlanta wedding coordinators, we can’t help but get caught up in the detail of it all. The holidays are the ultimate planning period, outside of wedding season of course, and we’re here to help you remain relaxed. Because, after all, one of the things we’ve mastered is how to remain calm amidst chaos. And we’re proud to say we’ve got it down.
This time of year can often make us fill our plates with more than we can handle. Especially for newly engaged couples, or those of you about to get engaged *wink*wink*, the holidays can quickly become a whirlwind of stress. The pressure of feeling like you must see every relative on both sides can send your head spinning. And let’s not forget the stress that first stage of wedding/budget planning may stir up. Here are a few tips on ways to escape the stress and remain calm.
First off, and most importantly, don’t spread yourself too thin. It’s easy to feel overbooked when you’ve got holiday plans every weekend, not to mention the dishes you may have signed up to bring to all those holiday parties (oops). Create a shared holiday calendar between you and your boo and map out the plans, set alerts, and by all means utilize the notes section for each event to jot down any details. That way, when you come across a new invitation, it will be easy to either accept or respectfully decline.
Secondly, remember that ‘No’ is a complete sentence. If you’re unfamiliar with this motto, let’s say it again together: ‘No’ is a complete sentence. Although it may seem extreme, let me elaborate. For those of us who are people pleasers, which being Atlanta wedding coordinators we automatically fall into this category, saying no can be tough. But, having to decline an invite or a request to host a large group is okay. This time of year should be spent living in the moment with those most special to you. So, organizing the Secret Santa Gift Exchange for your entire office doesn’t have to be part of your holiday plans. Yes, it is better to give than to receive, but for the people pleasers out there, don’t overdo it.
For some this tip can revolutionize holiday get togethers. Making holiday gatherings intimate keeps things simpler and less stressful. But, most importantly, it also allows you to actually visit with each of your guests. When you invite the masses, it becomes overwhelming making sure each guest feels right at home. For those of us who thrive as holiday hostess, try making your gathering more low-key this holiday season. Enjoy the one-on-one time you’ll be able to spend with each guest.
Lastly, a non-hosting related tip, be sure to get outside this holiday season! In Atlanta, there are so many great activities during the winter months, and we are blessed (most of the time) with not-so-harsh weather. Getting outside gives us that vitamin D boost needed to brighten our mood and help fight stress. It’s easy to hole up inside when it starts getting darker earlier and the weather turns cold. Outdoor holiday activities like the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights or Atlanta Station’s Winter Wonder Lane will get you that fresh air fix.
So, all things considered, we hope these tips help you keep things low-key and stress-free this holiday season. As Atlanta wedding coordinators, you can count on us for advice on juggling what can feel like a chaotic holiday schedule. Host and volunteer as much as your heart calls you to, but don’t forget to take time for yourself and soak in all the goodness that is the holidays. The Detailed I Do’s team wishes you a blissful holiday season that warms your heart and brings joy to you and your loved ones.
By: Rachel Hegner