Managing Stress on Your Wedding Day
Last week, we gave you tips on how to navigate through the stress of wedding planning. This week, we’re going to give you some tips on how to manage your stress on your actual wedding day. This isn’t true for all brides, but on the day of the wedding your anxiety and stress levels will likely be off the charts. Your excitement may lead to only a few winks of sleep the night before and you’ll probably feel like a excited child on Christmas Eve, but your wedding day is the day you’ve been waiting for, where the rubber meets the road. Truthfully, you probably won’t relax until after you say “I do,” but hey! You made it!
Here at Curvy Rose, we have a couple of tips on how to keep your stress levels from completely consuming you before you walk down the aisle.
Hire a Wedding Coordinator
If it’s in your budget to do so, you should definitely consider hiring a wedding coordinator for the day. Having a wedding coordinator is a key to keeping the stress at bay on your wedding day. Their sole job is to ensure that everything stays on schedule and make sure that all the details happen the way you and your fiancé envisioned.
Most of your wedding day stress will come from worries on whether everything is where it needs to be. Your wedding coordinator’s job is to worry about all of these things for you and to take care of all the small things and any forgotten things like hairspray or vows. Your coordinator will make sure everyone in the bridal party is where they need to be. Plus it is this person’s job to know exactly what you want and share your vision for how everything is supposed to look!
Another perk of hiring a wedding coordinator, is that they will also take care of any post wedding clean up and/or rental returns. This saves you from having to ask your most trusted family and/or bridal party members to take care of these post wedding duties.
Make a Playlist
Music makes everything better! Compile a list of your favorite music that you can play while you’re getting ready. Shoot for a 4 - 6 hour playlist just to be on the safe side. You can even make a themed playlist, to get into that cheer bride mindset! Spotify, Popsugar, and Bridal Musing have playlists ready to go for you if you don’t have time to create this playlist.
Many research teams have found that listening to music is an effective way to decrease stress levels.
Give someone the task of running your errands for you
Your maid of honor usually handles the task of running last minute errands for you. They are your “assistant” for the day. Do you need coffee? Send your “assistant.” Do you want french fries to snack on while you’re getting ready? Send your “assistant.” Did you forget something at the hotel or your house? Send your “assistant.”
This won’t be as hard or awkward to initiate as you might think. Once you arrive on site, everyone will ask if you need anything. Feel free to take them up on it. If they’re already happy to do it, then that’s one less thing you have to worry about.
Do something fun the day/night before
Yes, your wedding is the next day and you want to use every ounce of the day before to make sure everything is in order. The fun activity you choose to do doesn’t haven’t to be a long event. You can go catch a movie with your fiancé or your bridal party. Go to a painting class, or just have some friends over and host a pre-wedding painting party. Do something that doesn’t have anything to do with the wedding!
Just remember that if your “fun thing” involves alcohol, practice moderation. Hangovers aren’t fun, especially when you’re supposed to be walking down the aisle.
Take some time to sit in reflection and solitude. This helps to clear your mind and bring on a sense of serenity. I’d recommend doing this in the morning, before you’re surrounded by your bridal party and the chaos of wedding preparations. Or, you can include your entire bridal party in this time. This way, you’re all able to relax and reach that place of serenity together. Plus, this could would make for a great bonding experience and photo opportunity!
Release Some Endorphins
Go for a jog the morning of, do some yoga, go to the gym, or take a spin class! If you’re having a morning or midday wedding, you could do these things the night or afternoon before. What better way to release your stress than to sweat it out? You can workout for about 45 minutes, jump in the shower, and then get married.
Just remember, the morning of your wedding isn’t necessarily the time to try something you’ve never done before or to over exert yourself. Whatever you do, be safe about it and possibly take someone with you!
YouTube is also a great resource for quick home workouts you can do!
Give Your Bridal Party a Timeline of the Wedding Day
Not only is it stressful to have multiple people asking where they’re supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing on the big day, but it’s really annoying. You’re trying to get yourself together and keep yourself calm! It’s much easier to email everyone a PDF of the schedule they can expect to follow for the day. This way, any questions they would have had for you regarding the schedule will be in their hands on their phones. Plus, this will hopefully eliminate any stress caused by people showing up late for their hair and makeup sessions, or the departure if you’re prepping somewhere different than your wedding location.
If you’re having an unplugged wedding, text them the schedule the night before and print out some copies to hand to each of the ladies once they arrive for hair and makeup.
You, or someone on your bridal party, can type these timelines up on your computer and print them out. Etsy is also a great resource for customizable wedding day timeline templates.
Your big day will be a grab bag of emotions, many of them revolving around anxiety, stress, and excitement. You’re embarking on the next chapter your life afterall! Trust us Curvy Rose ladies when we tell you the best thing you can do on the day of your wedding is simply to breathe. Everything will happen the way it is meant to happen. Once you get to the wedding day, there’s really not much left for you to do other than to smile and try to soak in as many memories as possible. As always, Curvy Rose is here to assist in whatever you need. If you need more tips on how to manage stress on the day of your wedding, feel free to contact us!