As the big day comes closer, the pressure for the event organizer seems to be getting worse too. There are so many details that make up a party and it is common to feel stressed out if you are the one tasked to organize the special day.
While stress is a normal and very human emotion that comes with event planning, it is not healthy for you to keep sulking. Here are some things you can do to help relieve some of the pressure that you are feeling:
Taking on a big task alone can take a toll on your health. Instead of doing it by yourself, ask someone to help you out. It can be your significant other, sibling, a parent or a relative – someone you trust that you know would be happy to lend you a hand. The more people you add to your team, the less stressful it is for you.
A good team can speed up the planning and organization. Just make sure that you assign tasks properly and supervise your assistants, so that you know everything is on the right page.
Don’t overdo it.
During the planning stage, it can be really tempting to think of over-the-top ideas to make a party stand out. However, this may not translate well when it’s time to carry out the plan. An effective solution is to keep it simple. Focus on the essentials and leave out unnecessary details, which can just be potential trouble.
It will be exhausting if you constantly change up the plans. While you may experience setbacks that require a little adjusting, keep your eye on your original goals. Having a solid blueprint will help you be consistent with your decisions. Your team, including the vendors, will definitely find you easier to work with if you are consistent from start to finish.
Focus on what’s important.
There are so many details in event planning that it’s easy to get lost. To avoid being off-track, focus on what’s important first. It will be helpful to have a list or guide that you can follow along the way. Having a certain order to things will keep you working harder and also lessens being distracted by the unnecessary things.
Take a breather and relax.
When things get too tough, take a breather and relax. It won’t do you any good to keep working while you are stressed out. This can just cause bad decisions and ruin the whole planning.
Remember that it’s okay to step away temporarily and recollect your thoughts. Disconnect from social media or from your phone if you have to. A short break will help you recompose yourself so you can come back to the project even better.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
As the great Salvador Dali once said – “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” It is nice to aim for excellence but constantly pushing yourself to be perfect will definitely just cause you stress. Keep this in mind when you are planning and you will surely take a load off.
Smile and mingle.
When the day itself has come, step up and show up. This is the chance to enjoy all the hard work you’ve done with putting up the event. Be proud of what you have created and be confident with the results.
Take some time to smile and mingle with your guests. While going around, keep in mind that you played a big role in making the event a success. Seeing guests enjoying your party is a great reward for an earnest party planner.
True happiness comes from being able to give. When all is done, don’t forget to thank the people who became part of the event – the guests, vendors and your team. Express gratitude freely and you will definitely feel so much better. This will help you appreciate the journey, despite the stress that comes with it.
When people see that you are genuinely happy and giving, it can also inspire them to do the same. So, you will be spreading positivity and love in the event.