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You’re about to take one of life’s most important steps with the person you love. You want your wedding day to be a perfect celebration, and a joyful starting point for your marriage. But, the truth is nothing is ever perfect. Whatever can go wrong, probably will go wrong. Avoid becoming so stressed out you don’t enjoy your big day by employing a few stress-relief techniques. If you follow this guide, you’ll be a much happier bride on the big day.
Delegate Certain Parts of the Day
For some couples, it can be difficult to relinquish control over each aspect of the wedding, especially if you’ve been envisioning this day since you were young. For others, planning might feel totally overwhelming, and it can be tempting to outsource every task to friends and families. By giving careful thought to which tasks you delegate to your wedding party, you will ensure a smooth wedding day without you or anyone else being overburdened.
Wedding Wire suggests delegating some of the small, manageable items on your To Do list, such as organizing place cards, greeting arrivals, or rounding up guests for photos after the ceremony. Think of yourself as a manager, and have a team ready to help realize your vision. Be fair with your delegations, and spread chores evenly around so no one feels too overwhelmed.
Pay Attention To Your Body
With so much to do at the start of your wedding day, it might seem unwise to take extra time for something unrelated. However, by tackling your beauty regimen you’ll feel more grounded as the day unfolds, and more equipped to handle any problems.
Be sure to schedule your hair appointment far in advance. Your nails, waxing, and exfoliating should all be done a few days before the wedding. For guys, consider any shaving, trimming or nail care of your own that needs to be done. If you schedule these activities, you’ll be less stressed and it will ensure you didn’t miss anything. You wouldn’t want to show up unshaven to your honeymoon suite.
A great idea is to make this an activity you share with your brigade. Kill two birds with one stone by making your bridal shower an at-home spa day. Do some mud masks, and take turns waxing each other’s eyebrows. Make sure you choose the best wax kit you can purchase for a special occasion.
It can also be helpful to pamper yourself as stress starts to build. You’ll be busy and filled with adrenaline; take some time for a hot shower, a facial or a manicure. Not only will this give you time to calm down and take stock of the day, you’ll feel fresh and beautiful walking down the aisle. Bridal coach Jeri Kadison tells Martha Stewart Weddings, “when times get tough, don’t think of these as indulgences. Think of them as necessities for staying well-balanced and on task.”
Take Things As They Come
There will be glitches on the big day. Your makeup might take longer than expected, your parents’ car might break down, the weather might not cooperate … Accepting early on that not everything will go exactly as planned will help you handle the hiccups calmly and gracefully when they do happen.
Don’t let schedules, mishaps and outside events determine your happiness on your wedding day. By working with your wedding party, taking care of your body and being flexible throughout the day, you will ensure a happy wedding day, no matter what happens. By committing to these stress relief practices, you’ll be able to focus on the important aspects of the big day: your future spouse, and the life you’ll build together.