5 Ways to Reduce Stress before your Wedding Day

By George Porter

You’ve picked out the perfect dress. Found the perfect venue. And convinced your brother not to tell that embarrassing story during his toast.

That should be all your stress taken care of, right? Wrong! 

According to recent studies, a whopping 96% of couples. say that wedding planning is stressful. 

So if your big day is on the horizon and you still feel a little on edge, you’re not alone.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t find some creative ways to relax and unwind leading up to your big day. 

Here’s how to stay relaxed with your wedding on the horizon.

Avoid wedding stress with these helpful tips.  Photo: supplied

Avoid wedding stress with these helpful tips. Photo: supplied

The Secret to Stress Management

If your wedding is coming up and you want to make sure that you can regulate your stress levels to have a more enjoyable time, it's important that you are well prepared.  

After all, this is (hopefully) the only time you’ll get married so you don’t want to miss out on soaking up a thing.

Here are some stress management techniques you can use to remain calm as your wedding day nears.

#1 - Practice meditation

If you can practice meditation before your wedding day it is possible to go into your wedding day much more relaxed and armed with some helpful  tools that you can use to calm yourself. 

Learning breathing techniques and meditation can be an excellent way that you can gain some much-needed strength and energy too. So not only will you find an inner calm to guide you through your wedding, but if you partner your meditation with some toning yoga you’ll look incredible on the big day too!

#2 - Stay connected with your partner

Communication is important in a relationship, and especially so throughout your wedding day. 

There is a lot of stress and pressure on you both from last minute planning to all day socialising.

Making sure that you can schedule time for each other can help keep your mutual anxiety under wraps - remember, sharing is caring! 

#3 - Exercise regularly

Exercising before your wedding and enjoying hobbies that you love can be a great way to reduce stress and take a break from all the planning. 

Getting outside to take a hike, get the blood pumping, or experience some of your favourite hobbies, can be a great way to reduce psychological stress. 

Scientists have found that just 5 minutes of exercise a day can stimulate anti-anxiety effects, so get moving!

#4 - Start journaling

Sharing your feelings in a journal or even just recording your feelings in a way that is comfortable to you can be an excellent way to sort through some of the anxiety that you are feeling.

As you start journaling you can categorise some of the emotions and talk your way through some of the difficulties of planning. 

You might be surprised where your stress is coming from, but once you can identify it, you can work through it effectively.

#5 - Ask for help if you need it

So many couples in the process of wedding preparation simply forget to ask for help. 

Delegating important tasks to friends or family members can be an excellent way that you can prepare for your wedding day and prevent taking on too much of a burden that ends up burning you out. 

It’s all about taking small steps towards your big goal. You can read more about wedding prep in easy steps here.

Amy Cappola of Melbourne wedding transport company, Red Chevy, says that, “The wedding day can be a bundle of nerves and excitement. By delegating tasks in advance you can make sure all the little boxes are ticked, leaving you free to enjoy the day without worry”.

Say ‘I Do’ to a stress free wedding day

Your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life.

While it’s natural to feel a little stress leading up to your nuptials, if you feel overwhelmed with your schedule, try implementing some of these effective stress relieving techniques.

Then, all you’ll have to worry about is whether or not it rains on the day!

 

Traditions: take them or leave them

By Sharon, for The Bride's Avenue

Traditions are great, and wedding traditions are the stuff of nostalgia. Whether you are a modern day rebel of a bride or you are a more traditional woman, the decision to stick to tradition or veer off is a difficult one to make.

While some traditions might be really meaningful to you, others not so much. So how do you know which to keep and which ones to ditch? Well, most times that is where a good wedding planner comes in. However before speaking to your wedding planner, it makes sense to have an idea of what you want. So let’s explore.

Photo: https://www.fairygothmother.co.uk/collections/floral-bridal

Photo: https://www.fairygothmother.co.uk/collections/floral-bridal

Photo: https://www.fairygothmother.co.uk/collections/floral-bridal

Photo: https://www.fairygothmother.co.uk/collections/floral-bridal

A white wedding dress or not?

Well the white wedding dress is certainly traditional and if you have your heart set on wearing one, then by all means go ahead. However, if you are not so keen on this colour, it is okay to leave out this tradition. The more modern take is to go for a colour of your choice. And if anyone gives you trouble, just remind them that the white wedding dress only became popular with Queen Victoria who wore it to her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. Before then, people just wore their best dresses.

Same style bridesmaid dresses?

If you have ever been a victim of a bridesmaid dress that made you cringe when you thought of it, then you might want to leave out this particular tradition. Bridesmaid dresses do not have to be the same style and they don’t all have to be in one colour. Actually they can each wear different colours, just be sure to work with an experienced planner who can help you coordinate things by making sure the colours belong to the same palette.

Matching Wedding bands

The groom and bride’s wedding bands don’t have to match. Yes, it is cute to have your wedding bands match, but if you both have different tastes in metals or in wedding band styles, there is nothing that says you can’t each have the sort of wedding band you want. You could personalize your bands by engraving your names or initials or something that is meaningful to you both. If the groom is partial to platinum and the bride prefers yellow gold and you really can’t seem to agree on matching wedding bands, then this is one tradition you absolutely should leave.

Getting married in a religious institution

Well, we all have our dreams and if getting married in your religious institution has been a childhood dream of yours, then you should definitely take this tradition. However, if you are ambivalent, or you just want something fresh that represents who you are, then skip this. My best friend got married in a beautiful garden surrounded by flowers and nature. Everyone who knew her and her groom admitted it was just perfect for who they were.

There are other options you can explore. A very good friend of mine had a destination wedding at an exotic island in another country. If you are not certain that you want your wedding ceremony to take place inside a religious institution, then work with your wedding planner to find a location that is just perfect for you and also to ensure that your wedding celebrant is comfortable officiating outside the traditional venue.

Photo: Maria Lamb Photography

Photo: Maria Lamb Photography

Don’t see each other before the wedding

So this is just a carryover from medieval culture where the bride and groom saw each other for the first time during the wedding ceremony, by which time it was too late for the groom to change his mind if he did not like the look of the bride. Seriously, I would say ditch it. But just in case you are looking for the perfect reason, I’ll give you one. The first look photo shoot. This is a private moment just before the wedding begins when you can meet with your groom for a photo shoot that involves just the two of you. Some professional wedding photographers insist that you get your best pictures then probably because you are not under pressure and everything (including your makeup) is still fresh. Food for thought!

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