I was recently married in October of 2019, so the stress of planning and executing a wedding is still fresh in my mind
In the months leading up to the wedding, I remember thinking, “How will I ever keep calm on my wedding day?” I was so stressed about my wedding day timeline and planning every detail down to the minute. I thought that waking up the morning of my wedding I would be a big ball of nerves! However, I found some ways to combat ‘wedding morning stress’.
1. Go to bed at a reasonable hour the night before your wedding.
As most couples do, we had our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding. We went to a fun brewery and shared the evening with our wedding party, friends, and family. It was a great night that ended by 9:00 pm! That gave me plenty of time to get back to my hotel room, unwind, review my list for the wedding day, and get a full night’s sleep. (Except for when the fire alarm went off in the hotel in the middle of the night for no reason…. but that’s a story for another day!)
2. Give yourself enough time in the morning.
Make sure to set an alarm with PLENTY of time to spare for waking up the morning of your wedding. My bridesmaids were due in my room to start hair and makeup at 8:30 am, so I set my alarm for 6:30 am. This gave me ample time to wake up and do my morning routine without rushing.
3. Eat breakfast alone.
I ordered room service to my hotel room, drank my coffee, and ate a nice breakfast by myself. In those two hours that I allowed myself in the morning, I was able to get myself prepped for the day and eat a good breakfast without any distractions. It was so relaxing to look out my hotel room windows at the scenery while sipping my coffee and listening to music. That is one of my favorite memories of my day!
4 Make a “gratitude list”.
This is the most important step!! After I had my breakfast, I wrote a gratitude list of the things I was most thankful for that morning. “The sunrise” was one of them… “Good coffee and delicious pastries” was another… “Getting to marry Josh today” was my favorite! This helped me to start my morning from a place of gratitude rather than a place of stress. Whether you write down one thing or twenty things, your heart will be full and you will be ready to start your day!
Whatever your wedding day morning routine looks like, I hope it can set you up for a beautiful, stress-free wedding day!
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