While most college students are casually dating and partying, there are some students who are prepping for a test and their wedding. I am a student who became engaged during college and something I have noticed is the difficulty of planning a wedding while staying focused on school. So, how can we create a balance between school and planning for your big day? Here are a few tips that may just help with this dilemma:
School Comes First. – An engagement is always exciting; you’re going to want to start planning immediately and thoughts about school are lost in the excitement. Remember to keep in mind that your education is your number one priority. You have a responsibility to maintain your grades and schooling first and foremost.
Keep a Day Planner. – This will be the ultimate life savior if you tend to have a lot of homework assignments. A day planner is so easy to find in many stores and there are many free apps for your smartphone as well. With your planner, designate days for strictly school work and studying. These are the days you want to remain focused and attentive, so do not plan anything related to your wedding on these days. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and schedule any bridal appointments or venue walkthroughs around those study days. This will help you stay on track with both school and planning.
Stressful Days Will Come. – There are going to be plenty of days where you are overwhelmed and stressed out beyond words. Not only are you dealing with the deadlines of college, but you are also planning for one of the biggest days of your life. Something I try to do is save some time at night to unwind and relax. This will be your “ME Time” where you can do whatever helps you take your mind off of everything. Go ahead and light a candle, take a bath, exercise, read; do whatever makes you feel good and calm.
Have Some Support. – As I have made it a point throughout, this is not going to be an easy process for you. It is always nice to be able to handle everything yourself, but that may not happen because you have other responsibilities. This is where support comes in. Support can be a wedding planner, your family, maid of honor, and so on. These people can help you find appropriate decorations, go to venue walkthroughs when you are unable to make it, and so much more. If you make your ideas and what you want clear, then they can help you fulfill your vision to the best of their ability.
No Rush Necessary. – One thing my fiancé has made clear to me is that finishing school is the most important thing for us right now. Because of this, we decided to have our wedding in late 2015 so that we have time to save money and I have time to focus on college. Though other couples are getting married within one year of getting engaged, don’t feel like you have to do the same. If you want, take some time to enjoy the engagement and focus on your studies. There is no need to rush, I promise you.
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