Every little girl dreams of their wedding day. Admit it, you did (or do!) too. Whether it’s a beach wedding with a barefoot, horse ridden entrance or a big church wedding with all of the trimmings, your big day isn’t supposed to be stressful. It’s supposed to be everything you planned for, hoped for, and it should be PERFECT, right? Well, that isn’t always the case. Weddings can be very stressful, sometimes they don’t always go the way we planned.
Case in point? My first husband? My ring bearer literally threw the ring pillow at my now ex-husband. While it was cute and funny, it certainly wasn’t planned for. Neither was the huge red frosting stain on my gown.
Little things like that can really stress you out, but they don’t have to ruin your day. Check out these 20 tips for a stress free wedding before you tie the knot. Oh..and Congratulations!
Give yourself plenty of time…BEFORE the big day. When you’re setting your wedding date, make sure that you’re allowing enough time to get everything done. Having a rushed ceremony will only lead to you (and your fiance’!) being uber stressed out!
In the weeks leading up to your wedding, go wedding free. What I mean is that you should take a day or two each week make sure that NO ONE talks wedding with you. It’s too easy to burn yourself out on it by overdoing it and a night off will help keep that in check.
Set a wedding budget and stick to it. If you stay in budget for your wedding, you’re less likely to be stressed about your finances after.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before– I know that you’re excited, but being a sleep zombie at the altar doesn’t make for a good experience for anyone. Aim for 6-8 hours so you’re fresh and ready to go.
Eat a good, high protein breakfast the morning of. Consider adding some carbs too since you’re going to need a lot of energy!
Give yourself plenty of time to get ready! Take the time you normally take to get ready and about triple it! The last thing you want to be doing on your wedding day is rushing around.
When you get your hair done, wear a tank top or even just a jacket. You won’t risk ruining your hair and makeup from slipping a t-shirt over y our head.
If you bought new shoes for your wedding, make sure break them in first. Otherwise you’ll have a good chance of blisters on your big day.
Don’t forget flats. Your heels may be comfortable right now, but after spending all day on your feet, you’ll be cursing them. Bring a pair of flats or even sneakers to change into for the reception.
I know it can be tempting, but try to avoid heavy perfumes. Too much can make you queasy or give you a headache. If you want some kind of fragrance, opt for something lighter like lavender. Aside from the scent, you’ll also benefit from the calming effect of the essential oil.
The devil may be in the details, but let someone else handle them as much as possible. Bridesmaids, your Matron of Honor and even your soon to be mother-in-law are all grown, capable women. Let them take some of the load off.
Make a wedding day survival kit! Having one of these awesome kits will save you in case of a minor emergency. Use a small waterproof bag and keep fill it with things like fabric tape, a compact, Band-aids, pads or tampons, headache medicine and even a breath mint! What you choose to put in it is up to you, but you’ll want to have it just in case.
Arrange to have your group photos taken before the ceremony. Of course, you’ll want to keep the photos of your and your fiance until after, but his party and your wedding party can all be taken before. Having one less thing to do after the ceremony will help keep things stress free.
Avoid alcohol. The last thing anyone, including you, wants to see is a drunk bride. Keep your wits about you and just avoid the alcohol. Not only will it help you stay classy, but alcohol actually makes you bloat so you’ll look your best too!
Keep someone on guard. As much as we all love our families, we ALL have certain friends or family members who can stress us out with a single word or who will try to hog our time. Keep a close friend on guard so that they can easily rescue you if needed. Your stress levels will thank you for it.
Prepare with Yoga – I’m not a big pusher of exercise or yoga but in this case, I am. Take some time out the morning of your wedding and do a few yoga stretches. It will not only help you be more graceful while walking down the aisle but you’ll re-center yourself as well.
Talk to your fiance the day of. While it’s “bad luck” to have the groom see the bride, there are no rules about talking to each other. A lot of stress about the wedding can be eliminated by simply talking to your fiance and reassuring each other.
Test run EVERYTHING. From the photographer and wedding cake to the actual rehersal dinner itself, make sure that you’ve given everything a test run. This will give you the chance to address any issues that may pop up beforehand.
Have a moment with each of your parents. Remember, they’re the ones that brought you into this world, so thank them for raising you and allowing you to come to this moment in your life where you can marry your loved one!
Finally the very last tip I can give you for having a stress free wedding is this: Don’t stress it. This day is only about you and your fiance. Push any negative thoughts (or people) out of your bubble and make it so you’re the only two people in the world. No matter what happens, your day will still be perfect.
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