I am an introvert. And I would say it’s a fairly big part of who I am and how I move through the world.
As many fellow introverts know, it doesn’t mean that I don’t like people. And it doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy going out and hanging out with my friends.
But what it does mean is that I need time away to recharge.
And one thing that is hard to come by on a wedding day is time away.
So if you’re an introvert planning a wedding, here are some ways you can build in time to recharge.
6 Tips for Planning a Wedding as an Introvert
1. Start the day out by yourself
Make sure you take some time to charge yourself for your wedding day. There will be endless demands on your time and brain power, so you’ll want to charge yourself early to set yourself up for a busy day with people. Whether it’s eating a quiet breakfast by yourself, a quick meditation or yoga practice, or a walk around the neighborhood, make sure you make yourself a priority.
2. Plan on having a small wedding party
This way your getting ready time will be spent with fewer people around. Less people hanging out with you means less people you have to entertain or divide your attention between. And more energy you can reserve for the rest of the day.
3. Take 10 minutes with just your spouse before the reception
Even though there will be temptations to jump right in to greeting people, build in some extra time for just the two of you to sneak away. You can schedule this right after your post-ceremony photo time, before you join your cocktail hour. Don’t let anyone else in the room during this time, and just relish in the fact that you’re married in quiet.
4. Plan some activities and spaces away from the dance floor
Create lounge areas, s’more stations around a fire pit, or game tables, where people (and you) can get away from the dance floor and focus on something else for little while.
5. Sneak away for sunset photos
As a photographer, this is a no-brainer, because I love sunset photos. But for introverts, this is also time away from the crowds during the reception. And time away can give you the energy you need to dance the night away with friends and families. Even though you’ll be working with me during these photos, you’ll still be away from the noise and energy of the party and you’ll get to spend a few minutes holding each other and just being in the moment.
6. Plan pre and post wedding activities for you and your guests to spend some quality time together outside of the wedding day
By building in time to really connect with people in a more relaxed setting, you won’t feel as much pressure to divide your attention in so many ways on your wedding day.
Are you a fellow introvert? I’d love to hear how you’ve been navigating the wedding planning process and if you have any more tips for planning a wedding as an introvert.