How to combat wedding fomo | (fear of missing out)
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Weddings should be a joyous occasion filled with love, celebrating the union of two people and their families coming together. As a Tampa, Florida Wedding Planner I see first hand how the world we live in today presents a TON of challenges for engaged couples all over the world! Because of social media it is so easy to fall into the comparison trap and experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when you are planning your own wedding.

But here’s the truth; you do not have to have everything you see on social media. So if you are questioning whether your special day will live up to the extravagant affairs you see online, let this be your sign to embrace your own wedding planning journey and understand that regardless of what you do for your wedding it IS unique.

Below are a few helpful ways to combat wedding FOMO and create truly a remarkable and personalized wedding experience that is TRUE to you and your partner.

Define Your Priorities: Before diving into the wedding planning process, you need to take a step back and reflect on what truly matters to you and your partner. Remember, a wedding is about celebrating your love story and commitment to one another, not about ticking off a checklist or going viral on social media. Make a list of your top priorities, whether it’s having an intimate gathering, a specific theme, or an unforgettable venue. Focusing on these priorities will help you stay grounded and less likely to compare your wedding to others.

Set a Realistic Budget: Weddings can be expensive, and it’s crucial to set a budget that aligns with your financial situation and priorities. While it’s easy to be enticed by massive display stations, lavish wedding decor or a luxury venue, remember that overspending can lead to unnecessary stress and financial burden. Which will impact you not only through your engagement season but long into your marriage. By setting a realistic budget and sticking to it, you can prioritize the aspects of your wedding that matter most to you without feeling pressured to replicate someone else’s wedding day.

Embrace Your Unique Style: Your wedding should reflect your personal style and taste as a couple. Don’t feel obliged to copy every detail from weddings you see online if it doesn’t resonate with your vision AND your budget. Instead, focus on incorporating elements that represent your personality and love story. Whether it’s a DIY centerpiece, customized vows, or a unique wedding favor, infusing your special day with personal touches will make it far more memorable and meaningful.

Take a Social Media Break: While it is incredibly easy to fall into the FYP trap (damn those algorithms) it’s important to take a step back and take a break from social media so you can really align and stay focused on what your priorities are. Social media is FILLED with fantastic ideas, tips & tricks but oftentimes can lead couples to feeling overwhelmed or playing the comparison game. So take a deep breath and take some breaks if you need to!

Focus on Experiences, Not Just Material Elements: Weddings are about creating lasting memories and celebrating love with family and friends. Instead of getting caught up in material possessions or extravagant displays, prioritize experiences that will be cherished for years to come. Invest in meaningful interactions, heartfelt speeches, and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. These intangible elements are often the ones that leave a lasting impression and truly make a wedding special.

Wedding FOMO can really make a couple feel overwhelmed and as if their wedding won’t leave a lasting impression on their guests. It’s essential to remember that your wedding truly is a unique expression of your love story. By defining your priorities, setting a realistic budget, embracing your unique style, taking a break from social media and focusing on creating a fantastic experience you can combat wedding FOMO and plan a celebration that’s truly as unique as your love story. So, let go of comparisons and savor every moment of this memorable chapter of your lives.


Brittany Bauer