There’s nothing like the jitters you’ll get as you’re getting ready for your wedding. Luckily, we’ve put together some top tips to help you keep calm on your wedding morning!
Get a good night’s sleep
This tip starts the night before, and it’s one you’ll have heard a million times before – make sure you get a good’s night sleep! It can be tough to settle down the night before the big day, so try to avoid alcohol and caffeine, and ban all wedding talk after a certain time.
Another tip you’ll have heard plenty of times is to eat breakfast, even if you feel you’ve lost your appetite due to nerves. Something light like peanut butter on wholegrain toast, fruit with Greek yoghurt or a bagel with cream cheese will keep your energy up without making you bloated.
Take some time alone
From the bridesmaids to your hair and makeup artists, you’re likely to be surrounded by people for most of the morning. If all the noise and commotion is getting to you, don’t be afraid to take a moment to yourself in the morning to cool off. Whether you go and lie down in an empty bedroom for five minutes or you take a warm bath before everyone arrives, it’s okay find a quiet space and just be with your thoughts for a bit.
Visualise your honeymoon
If your mind is racing and you’re starting to get nervous about all the proceedings for the day, simply fix your mind on something you’re looking forward to on your honeymoon. Imagine lying on that beautiful white beach with your new husband, or being up in the mountains or overlooking a glittering city at night. It’ll give you something tangible to focus on that’ll put your mind at ease.
Have a dance
Sometimes the nervous energy can get to you, so channel it into something fun by putting on some of your favourite girly tunes and having a dance with your bridesmaids! For some getting ready playlist suggestions, check out our Music section.
Have a drink – but don’t overdo it!
There’s nothing wrong with a glass of fizz to get into the spirit of things and calm the nerves, but do make sure that you don’t lose track of how much you’re drinking – especially if you haven’t followed our second tip and you haven’t eaten breakfast. Too much booze will make matters worse, trust us!
Try ‘square’ breathing
If your heart is fluttering in your chest, then try this calming breathing technique. Simply inhale for the count of four, hold your breath for the count of four, exhale for the count of four, and hold for the count of four before repeating. Visualising the sides of a square as you follow the pattern is supposed to help as well.