5 Ways to Minimize Wedding Day Stress

By Sarah Riddell

Let’s face it: While your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life, it can also be one of the most overwhelming. From compiling a guest list to ordering your wedding cake, there is much to get done prior to the big day. Even when they’ve been reassured that every little detail is in place, many brides still feel anxious and stressed on the big day. But never fear! Here are some tips on how to reduce your pre-ceremony jitters so that you can enjoy your wedding day to the fullest.

Bride Kayla with her best girls. Dancing, singing and being silly together is a surefire way to de-stress! The Fuller-Willis wedding, page 56 of bridebook 2019. Image by Lindsay Rickards.

Bride Kayla with her best girls. Dancing, singing and being silly together is a surefire way to de-stress! The Fuller-Willis wedding, page 56 of bridebook 2019. Image by Lindsay Rickards.

1) Plan Ahead

Sometimes less is more on your big day, so don’t stretch yourself too thin! Planning what you can ahead of time is a sure-fire way to reduce stress. Get your nails done a day or two beforehand and book your hair and makeup appointment well in advance so there won’t be any confusion or panic on the day of your wedding.

2) Delegate Tasks to Others

Double-checking that the ceremony and reception areas are set up as they should be can easily be done by trusted family members and friends. If you don’t have a wedding planner throughout the process, you may want to consider hiring day of on-site help to assist with additional tasks that need to get done, such as rounding up family members for photos or making sure that the wedding gifts get placed in the right car following the reception. By assigning these small obligations to others, you will be much more at ease throughout the day.

3) Take Some Time for Yourself        

Family and friends can be overwhelming sometimes but remember that this day is all about celebrating the union between you and your soon-to-be spouse! Instead of going to a big breakfast or lunch before the ceremony with a large group of family and friends, consider just eating lunch on your own or with just a small group of your bridesmaids and/or family at the venue that you’re getting ready at. You may even want to spend a little bit of time with your fiancée prior to, which could be a great way to keep you in the moment and provide a distraction from all the prep taking place around you.

4) Let Go of What You Can’t Control

Sometimes the best laid plans go awry, and that’s okay! Don’t let a change in the weather or accidentally forgetting your favorite mascara ruin your day. More times than not, there are workarounds for these situations so there’s no need to worry. Who knows? Maybe what started out as a disaster will end up being better than what was originally planned! 

5) Remember Why You’re There

With all of the planning and preparation going on, you may start to lose sight of why you’re getting married in the first place. Remember that your wedding day is a celebration of you and the person you love starting the rest of your lives together. You only get married once, so instead of stressing about what may or may not go as it should, spend your time enjoying the company of your family, friends and, of course, your new spouse. Everything else can wait until tomorrow—or maybe even until after the honeymoon!

Bride Kelsey with her mother. The Webb-Miller Wedding, page 52 of bridebook 2019. Image by Tara Lilly Design & Photography.

Bride Kelsey with her mother. The Webb-Miller Wedding, page 52 of bridebook 2019. Image by Tara Lilly Design & Photography.

Bonus Tip: How to Keep the Mother of the Bride Just as Relaxed!

More times than not, the mother of the bride is equally as nervous as the bride herself! One way to help these moms out is to keep them busy by getting them involved in small, day-of tasks so that their minds are busy on something other than everything that has to get done. Maybe have your mom help you put your dress on or even just sit down together to have a cup of coffee and chat before all the day’s events are in full swing! Spending this one-on-one time with your mom might just help you feel a little more at ease, too!

Liz Long