Hey there, soon-to-be weds! So, the moment you’ve been dreaming of since you were little is finally here – your wedding!
Weddings are a roller coaster of excitement and stress all bundled together, but have you ever come across the concept of wedding day mindfulness? It’s all about keeping your cool and being fully present on your big day.
So, let’s ensure you truly savor every single moment of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Are you with me? Let’s jump right in! Wedding planning can feel like running a marathon while juggling flaming torches, am I right? But don’t worry, I’ve got your back!
Let’s make sure you and your bridal party are feeling calm and collected on your wedding morning.
With the help of wedding day mindfulness, you’ll be able to savor every second with your new significant other, family, and friends.
Getting Ready for the Big Day
In this section, we’ll explore tips to help you remain calm and centered as you prepare for your wedding. From the night before to the morning of, here are strategies to ensure you’re mentally and emotionally ready for your big day.
I’ve dressed hundreds of brides from all walks of life, and one of the things they all share is that nervous excitement before the wedding. From the wedding ceremony to the dance floor, these 8 tips will help you keep your cool:
1. Early Night, Early Rise
Go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep on fresh sheets, and wake up a bit earlier than usual. The morning of your wedding can be hectic, so give yourself some extra time to breathe.
2. Healthy Breakfast
Kick off your wedding morning with a healthy breakfast. Think natural yogurt, fresh fruit, and a side of relaxation. Your body will thank you!
3. Morning Yoga
Wake up your body with a calming activity like yoga or a gentle walk. Your bridal party will love the chance to bond and start the day feeling refreshed.
4. Pamper Time
Whether you plan to prep together with your bridal party or go solo. Make sure you take a few moments to treat yourself to a mini facial or soak in a relaxing bath. Get your hair and makeup done by makeup artists or do it together! Consider gathering your bridal party and spending some quality time together before getting dressed.
5. Quiet Moment
Before the wedding coordinator whisks you away, take a quiet moment to yourself.
Sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. For example, one bride I worked with would step away for a few minutes before the ceremony to meditate. She found that this brief pause helped her to center herself and truly take in the joy of her wedding day.
This simple act of meditation can help lower your stress levels and feel calm.
6. Mindfulness Apps
Consider using mindfulness apps like Headspace or Calm to guide your meditation and relaxation sessions before your wedding day. These apps offer a variety of guided sessions to help you continue practicing mindfulness in your daily life.
7. Set Intentions
With your chief bridesmaid by your side, set some intentions for your wedding day. Focus on what you want to experience and let go of any small stuff that doesn’t matter.
8. Breathing Exercises
Practicing deep breathing exercises can help you stay calm and focused on your wedding day. Try the 4-7-8 technique: inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat this cycle a few times to feel more relaxed.
The Wedding Day
Now, let’s talk about the big day itself. From the wedding ceremony to the first dance, here’s how you can stay present and soak up every magical moment:
Walking Down The Aisle
As you walk down the aisle, take a deep breath and savor every step. Your wedding photographer will capture the love and excitement on your face!
Be Present During The Ceremony
Listen attentively to the words you and your significant other say, and take a moment to truly feel the love and support of your guests.
Rock The First Dance
Stay fully present during your first dance by focusing on your new spouse and the music. Let loose and have some fun!
Embrace Your Inner Social Butterfly
Connect with your guests through mindful conversations. Share your happiness and create memories you’ll cherish forever.
Self-Care Is Key
Wedding days can be long and exhausting. Make sure to take breaks, enjoy a cell phone-free moment, and answer questions with a smile.
If you start to feel overwhelmed during the wedding, use grounding techniques to bring yourself back to the present moment.
One method is the 5-4-3-2-1 technique, where you identify and focus on five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.
After Your Wedding
Now, let’s get ready for the morning after. Reflect on your wedding day journey and all the special moments you experienced:
Start the day with a calming activity like yoga or meditation. Appreciate the love and happiness you felt on your wedding day.
Share your gratitude with your new spouse and family. This simple act can help you carry the mindfulness practices into your life together.
Flip through the photos captured by your wedding guests on social media and relive those mindful moments one more time Reflect: Chat with your partner about the highlights of your wedding day. Talk about the moments that made you laugh, the surprises, and the heartfelt speeches.
Stay In Touch
Reach out to your bridal party and guests to thank them for being part of your special day. Share your favorite memories and let them know how much their presence meant to you.
Put pen to paper and write down your thoughts and feelings about your wedding day. This can be a beautiful keepsake and a reminder of how being in the moment made you feel.
Keep Mindfulness Alive
As you embark on this new chapter of your life, try to carry the lessons of wedding mindfulness with you. Set aside time for self-care, quality time with your partner, and moments of gratitude.
Remember, your wedding day is just the beginning of your journey together. Embrace the love, laughter, and happiness that life brings, and continue practicing mindfulness to make the most of each moment. After all, life’s too short to stress over the small stuff!
Now go forth, newlyweds, and rock your happily ever after! And don’t forget to keep wedding day mindfulness close to your heart, no matter what adventures life has in store for you. Cheers to a lifetime of love, laughter, and staying present in every moment!