5 Tricks to Keep from Crying Throughout Your Entire Ceremony

Ceremony & Vows

Let's be honest, no bride wants to be a total basket case on her big day. While a few tears of joy are perfectly normal, even to be expected, no one wants to be that bride who bawled her eyes out the entire time she stood at the altar (yeah, you know the one). This is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, right? Plus, you just had your makeup done by a pro, and you're so not trying to ruin that! Because nobody "gets it" better than a bride who's been there before, we asked a few newlyweds to share their top tips for holding back the floodgates.

1. Practice reciting your vows
"The day before the wedding, my now husband and I practiced reciting the traditional vows a couple of times with our minister. This made it much easier for both of us to hold it together on the day of. We weren't nervous in front of our guests and were able to focus more on each other as opposed to the words since we knew what to expect." — Annmarie

2. Do a first look
"It makes all the nerves disappear, and you get the overwhelming emotions of seeing your husband for the first time out of the way so you don't cry a lot later." — Kelly

3. Think about your makeup
"As ridiculous as it sounds, my trick for whenever I felt the urge to cry bubbling up was to think about my makeup and to say the word makeup over and over to myself! It worked too." — Julia

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4. Reconsider the music
"For me, music is a big emotional trigger so if you're walking down the aisle to a song that makes you weepy, you might want to reconsider. Try something more upbeat, like an elegant march theme, instead of a song that tugs at your heartstrings." — April

5. Keep your vows lighthearted
"My best tip is to write your own vows with a humorous twist; it worked for us! There was a moment during the ceremony when my eyes started to water and my mouth was shaking just a bit, but once we got to the funny part it was all laughs and all smiles!" — Mar

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