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It’s finally here — the morning of your wedding. You’re about to live the best day of your life. So why are you feeling so anxious all of a sudden? Because you’re a human being. Your wedding day is a huge moment. On top of that, it’s an event you’ve been planning for months, maybe longer. Also, you’re about to commit to one person forever. (Very awesome, but also very scary!) It’s entirely normal to feel a wave of stress on your wedding day. The key is to know how to cope with wedding day stress in the moment.

Reframe Your Relationship With Stress

The first thing you can do when you start to feel stress creep in on the morning of your ceremony is to acknowledge the way you’re feeling. Rather than pushing the feelings down (which will always end up bubbling up, likely at other people), try to make friends with your stress.

Yes, this may sound a little “woo-woo,” but accepting your stress as a totally natural thing to feel is an important first step. Acknowledging that yes, you are stressed about the giant event you’ve planned, keeps the stress from taking over entirely. Stress is quite literally another form of excitement — you’re only stressed about your wedding because you’re excited for it. That means you care. (And caring is a good thing for a person who’s about to get married.) Think about your stress as your excitement — it’s going to be with you on and off throughout the day, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Have A Breathing Exercise On Hand

Taking deep breaths is proven to help with relaxation, but obviously you don’t have time to embark on a mindful meditation for an hour smack in the middle of your bridal suite the morning of your wedding. (Though if you can organize that, that sounds like a great idea.)

Still, you can come up with a breathing exercise that helps calm you down — maybe something like breathing in for seven seconds, holding for three seconds, and breathing out for seven seconds. Find an exercise you like, and keep it in your back pocket for when those stressful moments crop up. Caterer running late? Time to breathe. It will actually calm you down, and it only takes a few breaths.

Keep Your Eye On The Prize

The morning of your wedding day is stressful. Your mom could be overbearing, someone’s bracelet might snag your dress, and you may even have a miniature existential crisis — “Am I really ready to get married?!” Rather than succumb to these moments of panic and yell at those around you, or crumble to the floor in tears shouting “EVERYTHING’S FALLING APART!” try to remember what all of your friends and family are there for. They’re there for you and your partner, and the love you share. The point of your wedding is not to throw the most seamless, exquisite event ever seen. (Save that for event planners.) The goal of your wedding is to commit to your partner and to share that commitment with all of the friends and family who helped get you there. You don’t want to miss out on any part of your wedding due to stress, so keep reminding yourself that everything will work out because you’re marrying your partner, and enjoy your day. Congrats!

Written by: Kimmy Foskett

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