Sometimes wedding planning can take over your life. With so many details to consider, it can begin to feel like a second job—and your friendships might end up paying the price. How can you keep your BFFs close, even when you're in the thick of it? Our experts have a few ideas.
Maintaining friendships during the wedding-planning process works wonders for your sanity. After all, what are friends for other than to support and encourage you (and give you a break when you really need it)?
If you're worried that your friendships are suffering because you've got so much on your plate, make a point to schedule a catch-up session. Meet for coffee on the weekends, grab a drink after work, or plan an activity like a hike or a yoga class that will help you reconnect and release some of that bride-to-be tension. You may want to dish on some of what you've been planning, but make sure you also spend time talking about other things! Set a time limit for how long you can talk shop, then put all things wedding out of your mind and just focus on being friends. Check in with your girls to see how their lives are going, and make sure they know you're there to support and help them too. Plan a regular girls' night to make sure you're all getting the friendship attention you need and to make sure you've got those strong bonds going even after you've said "I do."
And of course, if you need a little help, find ways to include your friends in the planning process! Whether it's a shopping trip to find the perfect wedding shoes, an evening of crafting to put all those favors together, or a cocktail tasting to choose your signature drinks, there are plenty of (fun!) ways to gather with your friends without feeling like you've got to cram to get wedding to-do's taken care of.