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Preparing for your wedding has long been considered a communal tradition. But some brides might prefer to get ready for the biggest day of her life alone and reflect on the upcoming milestone. So what is a bride to do when she craves a quiet moment before her "I do" in lieu of a primping party? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the pros and cons of preparing for one's wedding solo.
Whether you need a few moments to mentally prepare for your ceremony as you dress or you simply find large crowds overwhelming, the time just before your wedding should be tranquil, not traumatizing. If you require solo time in anticipation of your vows, you are well within your bridal rights to prepare in solitude. While your entourage might protest, those who care about you will support the decision. Simply express to your bridal party and family that you need time before your vows to center yourself. Entering into the sacred union of marriage requires peace and presence of mind, and anyone with firsthand knowledge of the institution will be more than willing to stand behind your request.
On the other hand, you might consider asking your wedding party for several moments of privacy just before your stroll down the aisle. Allowing your bridesmaids and family to assist in the initial preparations will satisfy their need to help, and you will still secure adequate time to take a breathe before your ceremony. Finally, consider the option of allowing only your immediate family in the bridal suite to assist. Keeping the number of companions permitted minimal will keep stress at bay and allow you to take a breath before your fete begins.