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"#10 Ways to Stay Calm and Stress-Free on Your Wedding Day"

Updated: Apr 14

"#10 Ways to Stay Calm and Stress-Free on Your Wedding Day" Your guide to surviving those Wedding Day jitters.

Wooden Wedding sign
Wedding This way

There's no getting away from it. Your Wedding Day, will cause unavoidable nerves and stress. So much work, effort and sleepless nights have gone into the planning so that everything is just perfect.

And as it's a day filled with love, joy, and celebration as you embark on an exciting new chapter with your partner, of course there's going to be moments of joy and stress. But, with the right mindset and some thoughtful preparation, you can ensure that your wedding day remains calm, relaxed, and enjoyable. Here are some valuable tips to help you stay calm and reduce stress on your Wedding day:

#1 Preparation : Planning is key to reducing stress. Make sure all the major details of your wedding day, such as the venue, vendors, and timeline, are sorted well in advance. Create a detailed schedule for the day and share it with your vendors, wedding party, and anyone else involved, so everyone knows what to expect. As a Makeup Artist I find getting paid on the day of the Wedding an unnecessary stress for the Bride. It makes life easier for everyone if everything is paid for and settled ahead of the big day. Have your Hair and makeup team there in plenty of time. And to help stay calm, don't agree to be the last for your hair OR your makeup, as this can create an immeasurable amount of stress as the minutes seem to zip by. I also have my start times ready and a makeup schedule for each off the bridal party so that they will be ready well ahead of time for the Photographer to get the shots the Bride has asked for.

#2 Hand Over Some Of The Responsibility: You don't have to handle everything on your own. The key to staying calm is to delegate tasks to trusted friends, family members, or your wedding planner. It could be as simple as overseeing the decorations, managing vendors, or handling last-minute details, having that support system in place will alleviate a significant amount of stress. It's a good idea to get your Maid of honor on board with some details so you are not taking phone calls from the other party. An extra tip is to make sure that the Grooms (or the men in the Wedding party) try on their suits well ahead of the Big Day (sounds obvious doesn't it?) But the amount of times someone hasn't tried on their suits and something is missing/ too small/ too big on the day day never fails to amaze me. I have been told by Brides many times to tell other Brides this important piece of information.

#3 Practice Self-Care: In the whirlwind of wedding planning, it's important to take care of you. Make time for some kind of relaxation and self-care activities leading up to the big day. Whether it's getting a facial, massage, practicing yoga, or simply taking a long bath, prioritise activities that help you unwind and de-stress. I remember a Bride that went for an early morning jog on her Wedding Day, just before I arrived. Everyone has their own unique way of staying calm. I personally think a gentle facial (nothing too abrasive or with any major product change) with lots of shoulder and pressure point massage a day or two before could really balance your mind. Check out my Blog on Beauty treatment timetable (coming soon)

#4 Keep Hydrated and Eat Well: The Wedding Morning goes by so much quicker than you will anticipate and will result in you forgetting to take care of you. Make sure to drink plenty of water (before that much looked forward to - nerve calming Champagne) and eat nutritious meals throughout the day to keep your energy levels up and your mind crystal clear. Understandably, so many Brides To Be just don't have an appetite on their Wedding day. But its crucial to have something to avoid feeling lightheaded and nauseous at the ceremony.

#5 Try Some Mindfulness And Practice Deep Breathing: When nerves start to kick in, take a moment to pause, close your eyes, and take a few deep controlled breaths through your nose and out through pursed lips. There are some great breathing techniques available that can help restore balance and sooth the nerves. (might be worth checking out You tube for some you can learn that can help calm you down)

#6 Focus on What Matters Most: When it all gets a bit much, remind yourself of the whole reason you're getting married in the first place – your love for your partner. The day belongs only to you both.

#7 Its not going to be Perfect: It would be amazing if the Wedding Day went by problem free, but there's no such thing and that's perfectly okay. Accept that there may be unexpected surprises or small mishaps along the way, and embrace them as part of your unique wedding story that will always be shared with others at the weddings that will follow, or meet ups with the family.

#8 Stay Organised: Keep all your important documents, contracts, and contact information in one place. Having everything organised and easily accessible prevents any last-minute panics or confusion. Consider creating a wedding day emergency kit with essentials like safety pins, tissues, and a sewing kit to handle any unforeseen mishaps. (see my blog on the essential wedding Beauty survival kit)

One thing I often notice is that the Bridesmaid dresses and accessories always have the tags still intact and there are no scissors. Maybe think about removing these the night before. Or if I am there, you can always use my scissors.

#9 Take Some 'Me' Moments to Pause and Appreciate: One piece of advice we always tell our Brides, even if it is the ultimate Wedding Day cliche, is to be sure to take that moment to pause, look around, and soak in the love, joy and happiness surrounding you. Breathe in that special, almost heart stopping 'I'm actually here' moment. Glance around and appreciate the hard work that created the sheer beauty of your surroundings in a 'We did this' magical moment. Maybe the Photographer will capture that very moment so you can cherish it forever as you look back at that moment through your Wedding photos.

#10. Have Fun And Keep On Laughing: Above all, remember to have fun! Your wedding day is a celebration of your love and joy and as we have already said, it will pass over far too quickly. Every Bride I have met have said they would do it all over again in a heartbeat and if they did they would stress less about the little things and enjoy every single second.

I hope this has helped you prepare for the biggest, best and most magical day of your life So take that deep breath, close your eyes, relax, and get ready to enjoy it!

I promise you, its going to be amazing.

Groom with laughing Bride over his shoulder
Wedding Day joy and confetti

 As a side note, a lot of the stress can be avoided with the right Wedding vendors for your Wedding. You can't buy experience and I really feel that those who have been in the Wedding industry the longest have pretty much seen and experienced everything that can happen on a Wedding Day and will help you stay calm, keep to you r timings and keep it as stress-free as possible.

I may not be your Bridal Makeup artist on your Big day, but I would like to wish you the very best luck for your big day and I wish for you the most happiest and magical of days. xxx

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Narcisse ADJOKPO
Mar 26


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