Wedding Day Nerves are very common and quite normal, but here are a few suggestions to help ensure that the bride is calm on the big day!
Tip #1 - Be Organised Early
Make sure that you have everything ready at least one week in advance of the wedding day. Create an exact schedule of the day's events including what time wedding party members should arrive at the church or ceremony venue, a practice session applying your new makeup shades, an emergency kit with essentials (needle, thread, pantyhose, makeup, aspirin, tampons, contact lens solution, telephone numbers to reach all of your wedding vendors). Don't wait until the last minute to get anything waxed, plucked, tanned, permed or straightened!
Tip #2 Don't Micro Manage
Brides spend so much time planning the perfect wedding day that they often have trouble relaxing and letting go when it finally arrives. You've dreamed of this day for years, so enjoy it. Don't micromanage every detail. Trusting a wedding coordinator to handle the fine details can help the day run as smoothly as possible. They're more affordable than you might think, especially when you consider the time they'll save and the stress they'll prevent. If a pro is out of your budget, ask a friend or relative to act as coordinator. It needs to be someone other than the bride's mother so she can enjoy the day, as well.
Tip #3 Remember to Delegate
Delegate! Bridesmaids aren't just for decoration! Make them earn that poufy dress. Traditionally, it's the chief bridesmaid's job to act as the bride's right arm so she should make sure the bride gets a good night's sleep the night before, drinks lots of water all day so she doesn't dehydrate, and help the bride get her wedding dress on.
Tip #4 Expect a Few Mishaps on the Day
The day wouldn't be complete without one or two little mishaps. What if your flower girl's little sister trots behind her, diligently picking up petals as fast as they fall? What if the best man drops your carats, sending guests hunting beneath pews? Or you both get the giggles? Enjoy it! Remind yourself these are the moments that will bring smiles to your grandkids' faces someday, when they ask to hear the fairy tale story of your wedding day.
If you follow these tips you may be able to help to prevent wedding day nerves and enjoy your big day all the more.