5 Tips for a TRULY Stress-Free Wedding Day
Look at you, working all those nights and weekends on your wedding plans. You’re doing all this on top of everything else you’ve got going on, because you want your wedding to be one that delights your guests, but more importantly, honors you and your partner. This is the defining moment in your life, the moment you’ll look into each other’s eyes and promise forever. Does anyone else get teary just THINKING about that moment? It never gets old, no matter how many times I get the opportunity to see it.
I’m sure along the way, someone’s told you to relax and not stress too much. After all, it’s just one day. Honestly, statements like that do the opposite of chill us out, am I right? No matter what, the planning phase is going to get a little overwhelming at times, but it kind of has to be that way. You can’t just leave everything up to chance! This is a massive event, and there are a lot of moving pieces to consider.
However, when the day arrives, the hard work you put in will all be done and hopefully you will be able to stand back and appreciate all of the little details you so lovingly incorporated, and all of the special things that make your wedding day truly about your love for each other!
I want to share with you five super helpful ways you can enjoy a stress-free wedding day. Some of these are bigger things you will have to plan ahead for, but some of these are teeny tiny little “hacks” that will make a humongous difference.
#1 – Ask for help!
Okay, this might seem obvious but so many of us are resistant to asking for help. The thing is, everyone is dying to help you. They’re just waiting to be asked. Think about the last time you got to help someone. It felt great, right? Give someone else the opportunity to feel great about helping YOU!
Maybe you’re going to use a wedding coordinator (a great idea if it’s in the budget!) or maybe you’ve got a super loyal group of bridesmaids and groomsmen that you can turn to. Either way, don’t feel like you have to take on everything all by yourself.
#2 – Take a deep breath
This is another one that might seem obvious, but so many brides get too swept up in what’s happening next, they legitimately forget to stop and just breathe. On top of that, they don’t drink enough water or eat throughout the day. Stress can get even more real if you start to get lightheaded or dizzy because you’re not taking care of yourself. Stop, inhale for four counts, hold it a second or two, then exhale slowly for four counts. Do this a few times whenever you feel you need a reset.
#3 – Choose wisely
The biggest regret people have post-wedding is not staying true to themselves. Maybe you got talked into a wedding dress you didn’t really love, or you went with a band that was just “meh” because the singer was a friend of your uncle’s. It is SO hard to say no to people, especially when they’re trying to help, but you have to try to stay true to you.
This is also important with your photography. Share inspiration photos with your wedding photographer so they get a clear idea of the style and poses you really like. Choose someone that matches your vibe (I wrote a really great post about that here) and send them a link to your Pinterest board! Put in a little extra effort upfront to share your vision and choose details and vendors that you connect with, and you’re sure to have zero regrets later on.
#4 – Take some time off
So many brides are hustling right up to the night before. They stay up too late, feel run down in the morning, and haven’t had even a moment to put their feet up in the days before their wedding. Trust me, a relaxed bride is a beautiful bride. This is the number one time to pamper yourself!
Get a pedicure or a massage a day or two before your wedding, or grab your maid of honor and see the latest rom-com the night before (maybe skip the popcorn though, you don’t want to deal with that salt retention the next day). Then, get to bed at a decent time. You’ll be so happy you did.
#5 – Be prepared
You’ve put so much time and energy into your wedding plans. The last thing you need is a broken strap or heel to derail everything. Make sure you have an emergency bag packed with things like:
- Safety pins and a small sewing kit
- An extra pair of shoes
- Super glue (you never know!)
- Extra bobby pins, makeup, makeup wipes, and blotting papers
- Stain remover
- Aspirin and Pepto-Bismol
- Clear nail polish
There’s lots of places that sell emergency wedding day kits, but in my opinion, it’s not worth the expense. You probably have all of these things laying around, and whatever you don’t have you can easily grab in the travel section of any Target or Walmart.
Having a wedding day that you remember fondly for the rest of your life isn’t about the big things. It’s usually about the little things. Take a few small steps ahead of time to be prepared, stand up for what you want, do a little research, and remember to take good care of yourself.