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I think I've been in a similar situation. I handled it badly so I think I can tell you what not to do! How, if I could go back, I would do things differently. I had a big family wedding I had to attend which involved all my major triggers - family, formal social event, travelling etc - and I spent a whole year worrying about it. At that time I would consider the day wasted if I hadn't spent hours self-analyzing - searching inside myself constantly for issues and fears, trying to find the key or switch to turning off my anxiety. All I was really doing was tormenting myself, exhausting my mind and reinforcing a negative state. The day came and went and I actually coped just fine, but the very next day it was like it all caught up with me at once and I had a complete meltdown.

My advice would be to be pragmatic with arrangements you need to attend to, but forget about it the rest of the time. Manage your stress levels well. Take time out everyday to unwind and relax. Don't think too far ahead. Have a "whatever happens, happens" attitude. Don't worry about it. If you think about these events at all, only try to look forward to them as something you'll enjoy. Besides, when it comes to big events, if things do go wrong it only makes for a good story!
 
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