Weddings are one of the happiest events that anybody can hope to experience in their lifetime. However, as the day approaches, many expectant brides and even grooms start to get anxious. This is often referred to as premarital jitters, and it is a common occurrence for couples soon to be married as they begin to fixate on things that could go wrong.
It’s important to separate the good anxiety from the bad and work as a team to manage healthy pre-wedding jitters. Being nervous about your wedding is totally normal, but it shouldn’t get in the way of getting married itself! Here are ways that you can conquer those wedding day nerves and walk down the aisle with confidence:
Create a Self-Care Routine
Self-care is the first line of defense when beating the wedding day nerves. The small but deliberate changes you make in the weeks and days leading up to the wedding will help you manage anxieties with more ease. Create a routine by focusing on the root cause of your anxiety, then work on concrete steps to address them.
One way you can incorporate self-care into your routine leading up to the big day is by taking an hour or so to relax, without thinking about anything wedding-related. This way, you can give yourself space to settle down from the pressure of the wedding. When you return to planning and finalizing, you can do so with a refreshed mindset. Remember, you both want to look and feel great on the day itself; taking care of yourself is a must!
Talk About Your Anxieties
Brides may feel especially anxious leading up to the wedding day due to the pressure of living up to expectations of looking like a perfect bride. Some brides’ concerns have revolved around fitting into or choosing a wedding dress that makes them feel beautiful. It’s important to remember that it’s completely normal to obsess over your body, as the way people look has become so closely tied with self-worth. You may find yourself worrying about every extra pound or each unsightly scar. However, aiming for your perception of what is perfect may just be putting unnecessary pressure on your already beautiful appearance.
It may be difficult to see what your husband-to-be and your loved ones see, so be sure to talk to your support system about these anxieties. Their reassurance and validation that it is all in your mind will help you know that you can look beautiful and perfectly imperfect on your wedding day.
Depend on Your Support System
When preparing for your wedding, it may feel like it’s you and your future spouse handling everything. It’s important to remember that you have a support system that is eager to help you in any way that it can.
Start by getting into the mindset that the wedding is not solely your responsibility; this is a team effort for your special day. You can then get organized before delegating tasks to a select few trusted friends. And while it may be a given, expressing to your husband or wife-to-be that you are here for them and vice versa can make all the difference in the world.
Wedding anxiety is normal, but remember to have fun! Remember to make great memories without the stress, whether you’re dressing your bridal party and groomsmen or getting wedding photos taken. Find a way to fuel those premarital jitters into the excitement that will make your special day one to remember.
Written by A. Callson
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