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A wedding isn't referred to as a bride's "Big Day" for the size of the wedding cake or the length of her train. Most brides will feel at least a slight twinge of of stress on their wedding day — and that's totally normal. After all, it's one of the most important moments in your life. (No pressure!)
To help calm your nerves before you walk down the aisle, here are six pieces of wisdom from wedding planners.
Have a Drink
Jove Meyer, owne of Brooklyn-based wedding-planning company Jove Meyer Events, suggests that when the pre-wedding nerves kick in, take a sip. "A nice cold glass of white wine or bubbly always helps!" explains Meyer. "It will calm you down and help to make you feel more relaxed, but only one glass and it must be clear liquid." (You don't want to stain that white dress!)
Shake It Off
Take a page out of Taylor Swift's playbook and, as Meyer suggests, "stand up and shake it off!" An impromptu dance party with your bridesmaids not only increases the release of endorphins; it will also set a fun and exciting tone for the rest of your day.
Take a Solo Stroll
"There are a lot of emotions swirling around the air on the wedding day so it's crucial to be alone for a little while, away from the energy of family and friends," says Meyer. "Take a moment alone, breathe deeply and walk the hallways to get out the jitters."
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If your bouquet goes missing or a 'maid who has had too much to drink begins to overshadow your day, Meyer suggests that you take a moment to look back on the moment that got you to your nuptials. "Remember your first date, where it all began, where you first felt the spark," Jove advises. "I ask them to tell me the story and suddenly they melt with warm feelings of the beginning of it all."
Visualize the Honeymoon
When the ceremony itself seems more stressful than blissful, New York City wedding expert Lindsay Landman of Lindsay Lindman Events suggests fast-forwarding to the honeymoon. "As much as I want every bride and groom to focus on their once-in-a-lifetime wedding, sometimes you just have to help them to forget it for a while and have a total out-of-wedding experience," says Landman.
Sneak Away with Your Groom
Often, the most memorable moments of a wedding occur between a bride and her groom. To calm a tense bride, Landman often prescribes a private moment between the couple. "This helps to re-create the intimacy of the wedding day by being able to remember that it is all about the individual experiences and moments," Landman explains.