Tips to Soothe the Jitters – May 27

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4 Tips to Soothe a Stressed Out Bride

If you have planned a wedding – or helped someone you love – you have seen the highs and lows that come along with it. Especially the crazy stress levels…What if it starts raining? Where is the “something borrowed”? Did the caterers remember some of the guests are allergic to nuts?

I wish I could tell you differently, but, unfortunately, there’s no escaping the stress and anxiety. But I can tell all the bridesmaids and maid-of-honors out there – there are ways to help the bride relax when it happens.  And it’s easier than you think…

  1. Excitement is Contagious, Pass It On! No matter what, there are some problems you just can’t avoid. But one thing you can do from the very beginning is cultivate an attitude that’s so positive it outshines any problems or worries. Truly, one of the best things you can do is stay upbeat and excited. Remind the bride that this is her day, that she’s making a commitment to true love. No catering mishap or outfit failure can touch that
  2. Be Prepared. Half the anxiety of a wedding day is worrying about and trying to remember all the details! When do does the procession start? Who’s in charge of the wedding rings? Staying on top of the details and having answers on hand is the easiest way to keep a bride calm before her magic moment. Even better, suggest your friend have a wedding planner to help manage these details!
  3. Backup the Backup. Remember: you’re human. You can only be so prepared. It’s impossible for the bridal party, or the bride, to remember everything…and if you try, you will end up crazy and cranky. Which defeats the whole purpose of calming the bride down!  To avoid this, long before the big day arrives, make sure you’re organized. Get everyone’s contact information: both sets of parents, the best man, the wedding planner, and all the vendors. This way, if you don’t have the answer, at least you’ll be able to reach someone else who might.
  4. Keep Calm and Carry On. Okay, so the often-used slogan didn’t really catch on during WWII, but it bears repeating anyway. Whatever you do, panicking won’t help anything. Whether the bride is crying or screaming (hopefully not both), proceed with calm. Taking things in stride will help diminish the strength of whatever speed bump has come along, and take the charge out of the atmosphere. And a glass of champagne never hurts either…

A wedding is the biggest and best party any couple can throw…and every moment should be enjoyed! There’s a lot to keep organized and arrange in advance, but none of those things can ever trump the reason for the day. Lay the groundwork early, and it should be no sweat to keep the bride focused on the magic of her wedding day.


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