You’ve survived the whirlwind of planning your dream wedding, carefully selecting each vendor and mapping out every last detail. But perhaps the most stressful part of the entire wedding process is the actual wedding day. Nerves are running high and you are in high demand as your entire family and all of your friends each want to speak to you and congratulate you on this momentous occasion. Not only do you have to handle the pressure of everyone wanting your attention, but you also feel the stress of wanting everything to go smoothly. Don’t worry -these pre-wedding jitters are totally normal! We’re here to help you remain calm through the craziness of your wedding day.
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On a day as hectic as your wedding day, it can be easy to forget to do things as simple as eat breakfast, drink water or sit down. Take care of yourself – eat a healthy, balanced breakfast with protein and carbohydrates to help fuel you through the day. Keep a water bottle handy so that you can sip water whenever you need to. If you’re feeling exhausted, don’t be afraid to lie down for a bit and take a short nap. Remembering to eat, drink water and rest properly are essential to keep yourself both mentally and physically healthy on your wedding day.
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Delegate An Assistant
There are so many different things going on simultaneously on a wedding day, and as one of the main people in charge of every aspect of the wedding there’s no doubt that people will want to go to you if there are any issues or questions. Choose someone you trust to act as your assistant who will handle all of the minor problems so that you don’t have to spend the time or mental effort worrying about these things. Ideally this person will be outside of the immediate bridal party so that they will be able to handle vendor and guest questions without having to abandon their duties as bridesmaid or maid of honor.
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Make An Emergency Kit
No matter how much time you spend planning for your wedding day, there is always the possibility that something may go wrong. Prepare yourself for minor incidents, such as stains or tears in your outfit, a not-so-perfect hair day, sweat and bad breath by creating an emergency kit of items. Some items that would be good to include are stain removal pens, a mini sewing kit, deodorant, hairspray, bobby pins, gum, mints, extra panty hose, water, energy bars, tissues, fashion tape, Advil and makeup remover. You can make this kit yourself or work with your bridesmaids and maid of honor to include items that will suit everyone.
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Create An Itinerary
One easy way to reduce the amount of stress on your wedding day is by knowing where you are supposed to be at what time. Create an itinerary or schedule of events of the day so that you have an idea of how your day will go. Staying organized will help you stay calm on the actual day. In addition to scheduled events such as your hair and makeup appointments and what time the ceremony starts, you should also include transportation and travel time and leave some wiggle room for bathroom breaks and other unexpected events. It would be a good idea to give a copy of this itinerary to all members of your wedding party and possibly even vendors such as your wedding photographer so that they know where you will be when they need you.
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Remain Focused On What’s Important
The wedding is essentially a big party for you and your loved ones to come together and celebrate the joining of two people and your love for one another. If at any point you feel overwhelmed by the stress of things related to the wedding ,such as a vendor being late or forgetting something, stay focused on what’s really important: you are about to marry the love of your life and spend the rest of your lives together. If every last detail isn’t perfect, don’t worry because you and your partner are doing this together and all of your closest friends and family are there to celebrate with you.
Calm Your Mind
If you’re really feeling the pre-wedding jitters, take a few slow, deep breaths to calm yourself down. It’s perfectly natural to be nervous on your wedding day and the key to put yourself back in the right mindset is to calm your mind. Everyone is different and has her own approach to soothe her mind. We recommend activities such as yoga, meditation, indulging in spa treatments, writing in a journal or listening to music. Take the time to focus on non-wedding related things and clear your mind and the reassurance that you’re ready to take on the day will follow.
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