When it comes to wedding planning, things are bound to get a bit stressful at times. With so many details to plan and things that can go wrong it's not surprising that so many brides feel anxious and stressed on their wedding day. It's important to remember that the wedding is just one day and the marriage you are entering into is what's going to last. So on your wedding day, stop and think about what's important in the end and the reason you are having a wedding in the first place!
1. Take Time for Yourself. Whether you spend 10 minutes in the morning to sip some coffee quietly and think about the day ahead, stretch or do yoga, write in your journal, sit and mediate or simply take a few deep breaths when you get out of bed - do something for yourself before all of the wedding excitement happens. It's going to be a long day!
2. Reflect On Your Relationship. Take a moment to think about how you got here. How did you and your fiancé meet? What drew you to him/her? Remember the day he proposed, your first date, the first time you introduced him/her to your friends and family. Appreciate how far you've come in your relationship together and how much more you have to look forward to from this day on!
3. Go With the Flow. Even though you have been planning this day for months and spent hours working on putting all the details and final touches together something is bound to go wrong. You can't plan for everything especially the unexpected - a surprise guest that didn't RSVP, cake that doesn't get delivered on time, a bridesmaid who had a little too much champagne, rain that suddenly appears in the middle of summer - anything can happen. There is only so much you can do and only so much you can control. Whatever happens try and be flexible and don't let the little things ruin your big day!
4. Drink Water and Have a Snack. From the moment you wake up you will be pulled in so many directions until it's time to walk down the aisle. As you prepare for the day and for the hours leading up to your vows, remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and snack whenever possible to keep your energy up. Have your wedding planner or one of your bridesmaids help bring bottled water, fruit, cheese and crackers, granola bars, cookies - whatever snacks you may like - and have them available while you are getting your hair and make up done. Try to sneak in a few appetizers as well during the cocktail reception as you are being rushed off to take photos! Don't miss out on all that great food you are paying for, It may be a while before you are siting down for your lunch or dinner at the reception.
5. Stop and Take it All In. After the vows have been exchanged, the rings are placed on your fingers and the kiss seals the deal take a look around. Look at everything - the people that came to celebrate and support you, the gorgeous venue, beautiful flowers, your wedding party, your parents, the decorations, the delicious meal, the music - and most of all your adoring spouse. Don't let the day go by without looking at every single detail and enjoy this moment. This is where your new life begins!
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Brenda Cali is a professionally trained Wedding Consultant and plans a variety of social and corporate events.