Stay Calm and Plan on

By Paula Ramirez, Historic Mankin Mansion

It’s official, you’re engaged! Before jumping into the deep end of the wedding pool, be sure to take a breath and your time getting your feet wet. Here are some helpful steps to keep from feeling overwhelmed while planning the nuptials.

-Utilize a digital platform. Tools for planning have come a long way! You’ll find everything in one place to track your progress, even see how best to lighten the load by delegating small tasks to trusted friends. Be sure to make it shareable without allowing for edits.

-Schedule a weekly date for you and your love! It’s important to spend time together during the planning process but with the caveat that the wedding cannot be discussed during the date. This will surely help you stay romantically connected as a couple.

-Commit to an exercise plan. The best way to relieve stress is to work it out! Whether a 30-minute walk, a barre class or spinning, this one small act done consistently will make otherwise overwhelming situations more enjoyable.

-Count your blessings. Start your engagement on a positive note, quite literally! By each of you listing 3 things that you’re grateful for and then sharing with one another at the weekly dates, you are sure to keep things both joyful and in proper perspective.

-Hire the best. Whatever your budget, be sure to factor in a wonderful planner. Finding a wedding planning team that has your back is truly priceless. Their expertise is a gift to yourself that you will never regret!

Paula Clark Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Private Wedding & Event Estate in Richmond, VA. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share this treasured landmark with couples and their families. The property features stunning architectural views and is the past recipient of countless awards and features in Forbes, Orbitz, The Travel Channel, Martha
Stewart Weddings, The Huffington Post and Oprah Magazine.