Let’s talk weddings. They’re beautiful, they’re exciting, and they truly are a time of joy for the couple and attendees. That being said, weddings are a lot of work! The planning can quickly become overwhelming and lead to stress for everyone involved. We’ve put together a list of things you can do beforehand and on your big day to make your day as enjoyable and stress-free as possible!
- Wake up refreshed! Go to bed at a decent hour, allow yourself to be phone-free, sip a cup of tea, and read a book. Allow yourself to wind down mentally and physically so you’ll be ready to go in the morning!
- Delegate responsibilities before the big day. You may think it’s best to do everything yourself, but remember that everyone is there for YOU. Take them up on their offers to help.
- Have your health & wellness emergency kit ready. Create a stash of things that may come in handy throughout the day, like painkillers, band-aids, eye drops, tissue, deodorant, q-tips, hand sanitizer, floss, antacid, allergy meds, mouthwash, lotion, snacks, etc. Have your maid of honor or someone you trust hold on to it.
- Dress smart. Wear a button-up shirt when getting your hair styled (so you don’t have to pull it over your head and risk messing up your ‘do). Bring flats for the reception.
- Stay Mindful. Conscious breathing will settle your mind and nerves, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings. Breathe in for four counts, and breathe out for eight.
- Appoint someone to save you from chatty guests. Whether it be that great uncle from Scotland, or your chatty second cousin twice removed, some people will talk your ear off seemingly unaware that it’s your wedding day. Have someone delegated to keep their eye on you and politely pull you away if need be.
- Put your phone away. Everyone you need to talk to will be there, and you don’t want any more stress. The most important things that day are happening right in front of you.
- Be present and remember why you’re there. Before the ceremony, stop to take it all in. Feel the material of your wedding gown, the curls in your hair, the warmth of someone’s hand. Amid all the fun and celebration, make sure to take a moment to look over at the person you’re pledging your life to and reflect on the incredible journey you’ve been on, and the adventures that lie ahead of both of you.