There is no doubt about it. Being the center of attention on your big day is inevitable. After all, the sole purpose of everyone coming together is to celebrate the joining together of you and your fiancé. Your families and friends are likely going to want to commemorate the occasion by taking pictures, lots and lots of pictures. Spending a little time with each guest who requests it can amount to a lot of time spent posing for random pictures. Be prepared to smile until your cheekbones hurt. While the amount of attention and love you receive on your wedding day can be potentially overwhelming, don’t let that deter you from enjoying every single moment. If you begin to feel a bit overwhelmed, take pause and remember that you have the power to control (at least to some extent) how the evening's schedule will play out. Having a game plan can be the key to maximizing joy and minimize the stresses of the day.
Use resources wisely.
While wedding planners and coordinators sometimes appear to perform magic, they are not equipped to read minds. Instruct your day-of coordinator to rescue you from certain situations or people. Let your photographer know when you need a break from smiling and posing. Creating hand signals or safe phrases can be just the way to inform your helpers that you need to be saved.
Relax whenever possible.
Take every opportunity to lessen tensions and or anxiety. Pop in your headphones and listen to whatever sounds calm you while getting your hair and makeup done. Consider creating a playlist in advance. Or pull out the headphones and take in the sounds of the chatter and laughter of bridesmaids as they get ready. Of course, if they are bickering, I recommend you pop the headphones back in. Take the opportunity to daydream and imaging the look on your fiance's face when he sees his bride walking down the aisle in her gown for the very first time. Be sure to let your coordinator know well in advance that you will need 5-10 minutes before the reception to be alone with your new spouse. Alone time, however brief, allows newlyweds an opportunity to decompress and just enjoy each other's presence before heading back to the commotion of picture-taking and crowd-pleasing.
Feel free to opt-out.
Lastly, remember it's your day!!! You can opt-out of any tradition you deem antiquated, unnecessary or just are not in the mood for. If being pulled into a dance circle isn't your thing, let your squad know that joining you would put you more at ease.
Practice smiling and saying thank you. Don't feel pressured to counter compliment. Yes, I said it! It's not necessary. The person isn’t complimenting you because they expect one in return. Simply embrace the kind words and ENJOY YOUR MOMENT. We all know you earn it.
Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life".
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