The pressure of wanting every little thing to go according to plan can cause tons of anxiety, so we've put together some suggestions on how to reduce these (totally natural) feelings and make the most of your big day…
Don't panic and avoid reading into the reactions of others when talking about your plans and preparations. Instead, try the ultimate positive thinking technique and assume support. Everyone wants the best for you and your special day, so remember you are all working towards the same outcome.
Following this rule, will alleviate the pressure off others as well as yourself. It opens up more time for you, your bridesmaids and all the extra wedding helpers to concentrate on your plans in motion. A happy and positive attitude is infectious and will help make the people around your more inclined to help sort out anything that may arise along the way!
A wedding is about you (and your groom, don't forget about him). If you have those pre-wedding jitters and you're fretting about being the centre of attention, try to think of your wedding being a celebration get-together of just your closest family and friends.
If you are truly panicked, try talking to one guest at a time and make sure you keep plenty of eye contact. You will be able to connect with your friends - just be yourself and make the most of each moment.
Keep your family and friends in the loop - it's okay to feel nervous. Though it is likely they will already sense your feeling of anxiety, just remember they won't always be able to read your mind and know exactly what is troubling you. Be sure to express yourself so they know when and how to give you the right amount of support at the right times. If all else fails, remember to laugh about it - it's an instant mood booster!
You can't be the bride that organises everything on the go from her bluetooth headset all the time. You need to schedule breaks to have a large glass of wine with friends or to just let your hair down! Go for a weekend away with family, or spend downtime pampering yourself in the spa or make time to read that book you've been meaning to get around to forever!
Keeping fit while planning your wedding is the best way to feel relaxed and good about yourself at the same time. It allows you to pace yourself - just 30 minutes to an hour of your own time is all it takes and it's also a great proven stress-releaser. We reckon this way, you’ll be able to return to your wedding plans with energy and an open mind.
Try not to worry about the small details on your wedding day. The age old saying rings true, 'don't sweat the small stuff' - your bridesmaids most probably have it covered anyway! The few surprises that may pop up here and there can even be fun if you're in the right frame of mind. Start your big day with a yoga session and continue that theme of deep breathing all the way through. Let all the celebratory feelings wash over you and in the last parting moments before you walk down the aisle, think of the bigger picture. It will help you take control of the way you feel and allow you to be present in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
But in case you are still stressing, even after reading this article, we believe there's a lot to be said for the power of pampering- so take some time out from wedding planning and enjoy an incredbile bridal spa experience!