15 Most Effective Tips To Handle Wedding Day Stress/Anxiety

Dec 14, 2022

Planning a wedding and the day of your wedding can be nerve-wracking with you being worried about a million things all at once. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions with all the emotions exploding at once. With so much on the to-do list, it is quite easy to get weighed down by the pressure and feel overwhelmed. Before you know it, you are in a spiral of anxiety and the stress mounts up. Honestly, it is very normal to experience some level of anxiety and stress in the hours leading to the big day, but it can sometimes get the better of you and turn you into a bridezilla. So we decided to list down the numerous ways by which you can combat the wedding stress and make it an enjoyable and memorable day for yourself and your friends and family. 

Effective Tips to Handle Wedding Day Anxiety

Like we all know, planning a wedding and the day of the wedding can be stressful, which in turn can raise your anxiety levels. And of course, nobody wants to spend what is supposed to be one of the special days of your life feeling anxious. You enjoy the most when you live in the moment, so inculcate at least some  of the below listed tips in your daily life, and watch yourself having the best time of your life!

1. Well Rested

Being well-rested is crucial before the big day. If you haven’t had a good night’s sleep you are more likely to be irritable on the day of your wedding and escalate the stress hormone which is what you don’t want. After all, they don’t say, “early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and WISE”, for no reason!

2. Eat Properly

What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel. Starving yourself to look slimmer, or forgetting to eat because you are too busy getting the wedding decor right is only going to make you anxious. So make sure to eat healthy nutritious meals to avoid getting irritable and stressed, and boost your energy!

3. Plan

Start planning as soon as the date has been decided. Planning way ahead of the wedding day is going to give you enough time to make amendments in case certain things don’t go as per your plan. This will help everything be organized well before the wedding day and avoid unnecessary stress building up.  

4. Meditate

You must likely have heard of meditation at least once in your life. Well, meditation isn’t just a buzzword. Practicing meditation days ahead of your big day can help you feel calm, relaxed, and more in control of yourself, whilst reducing stress levels.

Also Read: 7 Yoga Asanas That Every Bride To Be Must Try To Stay Fit 

5. Spa

Gift yourself a trip to the spa. Spas are not only for beautifying your body, but also great for de-stressing and calming the mind. Also, a trip to the spa can help you sleep better and make you a happier person with the release of serotonin and dopamine. Maybe schedule a couples spa just to rejuvenate and spend quality time with your better half before the big day.

6. Exercise

It is a widely known fact that exercise is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiety. So don’t forget to take a quick run or a walk on the day of your wedding to help you feel calm and relaxed.

7. Delegate Responsibilities 

On the day of the wedding, a lot of people from vendors to the wedding guests will have numerous questions. They may need directions to a lot of things. To avoid getting tangled in the stress of answering everybody’s queries, delegate the responsibility of answering those questions to someone trusted or maybe hire a wedding coordinator to take care of it. 

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8. Focus on the Big Picture 

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It is very easy to get occupied with stress to get even the smallest of details right. But remember, to get married all you need is $200 for the registry office. So focus on the bigger picture, and remember your wedding day isn’t about the decor or the small details, it is about celebrating love in the company of your family and friends. So focus on the bigger picture and live in the moment! 

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9. Self-care

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Have a self-care routine in the weeks leading up to the wedding. And by self-care, we don’t mean a regime to slim down or to have perfect skin. What we mean by self-care is identifying your needs, understanding your inner well-being, and incorporating small lifestyle changes and techniques to maintain that well-being. Start by asking yourself, “how are you?”. 

10. Time off

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Don’t immerse yourself in the wedding and make sure to take some time off from everything. Have some alone time and unwind. The deeper you get involved in the wedding, the more likely you are to get stressed and anxious. So just switch off and clear up your mind for the wedding day! 

11. Deep Breaths

Someone asking you to take deep breaths when you are stressed may sound nonsensical to you. But let us enlighten you, backed by science, taking deep breaths triggers the nervous system to produce a feeling of calmness and take away the feeling of anxiety and stress. 

Also Read: 9 Yoga Asanas For Brides To Deal With Pre-Wedding Jitters

12. Embrace Imperfections

You must have heard the saying, “nobody’s perfect”, well let us break it to you, neither are weddings! It is very easy to get caught up in making everything ‘perfect’ just how you have envisioned it which can make you lose sight of the real meaning of the ceremony and cause anxiety. Just embrace the wedding imperfections, and don’t torture yourself to make everything look perfect, after all, imperfections have their beauty!

13. Avoid Comparison

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Comparison is the thief of joy! Although it is easier said than done, avoid comparing. Making comparisons is only going to add to the stress. Every wedding is special in its way! 

Also Read: 15 Creative Decor Ideas For An Eco-friendly Wedding

14. Set Healthy Goals and Expectations

In this digital world, it is easy to get influenced by others and burden yourself with unreal goals and expectations. Do yourself a favor and set goals and expectations which are achievable and do not overburden you. This way everything goes to plan and you can live in the moment, not stress, and enjoy your day!

15. Don't Dismiss Your Feelings

Acknowledging how you are feeling is important to avoid stress building up. Denying or downplaying your feelings is only going to lead to a build-up of stress which may make you explode. Take time off for yourself to identify the triggers, speak to someone you trust, and reframe the situation. One great way to realize your feelings is to journal your thoughts.

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Weddings can be a stressful and anxious time, and the stress can take away the joy from what is supposed to be the most memorable day of your life. So to ensure you have the best time and happy memories of this milestone day, incorporate the de-stressing techniques and watch yourself sail through your wedding day with a treasure of beautiful memories that will stay with you forever. 

Featured Image: Mili Ghosh

Edited By: Neha Garg Ahuja

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Sachi is a fashion enthusiast and a home decor hoarder. You will mostly find her cozied up on her couch hunting for new trends. When not on the couch, she spends her time baking cookies and cakes to satisfy her never-ending craving for sweets!

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