Your wedding day is so close you can almost smell it! The thought that it is almost here might give you those joyful butterflies that dance in your tummy or it might literally make you want to go hide in a bathroom stall for three hours. Girl, trust me, I understand. Take it from one Bride that has had her struggles with anxiety. That’s why I wanted to tell you all the best tips and tricks to help you have an anxiety-free wedding day.
1. Make Sure You Get Plenty of Beauty Rest.
This is something that I did not do very well. After we finished at the rehearsal dinner and completed all the last minute touches, I was free to go back to my hotel room and sleep. However, that was not what happened. I stayed up much later than I should have and my thoughts just simply did not stop going. If you’re like me and you know that you’re probably going to have issues sleeping on the eve of your wedding, I would recommend practicing having a sleep schedule so that your internal alarm clock knows when you need to be asleep by. Avoid taking a nap for a couple of days. Make sure you are in a cooler room, it’ll help you stay asleep. White noise machines or having a fan on also helps. Don’t take anything that would make you drowsy and groggy the next day. That would not be fun! Lavender oil drops on your pillow or under your nose would be another great natural way to help calm your mind.
2. Set Aside Time To Yourself.
Make sure you allow yourself time to step away from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced day. I suggest having a spot where you can sit and just talk to Jesus, read your Bible, listen to worship music, and think about what this day means, the importance of it, and how Jesus rejoices over you and your betrothed today.
3. Make Sure You Have A Safe Friend.
Whether this is your Maid of Honor, your Mother, or a sibling, talk to somebody beforehand so that they know to watch for signs that you might be getting anxious or overwhelmed. Have a safe word between just you two, so they know to let you have time to yourself and they won’t let anybody bother you.
4. Have Good Posture and Mind Your Breathing.
Sometimes when we forget our lungs and how our posture affects them, we can become light-headed. When this happens, it’s always best to catch it firsthand and correct it. Remember, sit like a Queen because today you are one. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. You’ll be great today.
5. Avoid Alcohol Until The Reception.
For some, alcohol might calm your nerves and others, it might make you more anxious. Alcohol can also cloud our judgment. I would recommend saving the drinks until after the ceremony, just for good caution.
6. Accept That Something Might Go Wrong.
Honestly, something might go wrong, but there’s always the chance that your wedding will be care-free. The worst thing that happened on our wedding day was that our tablecloths didn’t stay down because it was so windy, but nothing crazy. To be frank, it is still your wedding day and you and your fiance have come a long way to get to this day. How you react to those flukes determines how the situation is handled and how you let it affect you. Some of the best memories from your wedding day will be the goofy things that happen that you can laugh about later.
7. Keep Thinking About How Amazing This Day Will Be!
Girl, get excited! It is your stinking wedding day! So think about seeing your future husband standing there at the altar, waiting for you! Think about all of your closest friends and family members that will be there to celebrate with you. Remember what marriage means to Christ and the covenant you will have with Him and your spouse. It’s going to be a wonderful day so relax, have fun, and enjoy it to the fullest because it’s going to go by so fast!
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
What other tips would you give to an anxious Bride-to-be? Have thoughts and prayer requests about your wedding day? I’d love to pray with you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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