Planning a wedding is stressful and for some brides gets to the point of causing physical, mental, and emotional pre-wedding anxiety symptoms. Pre-wedding stress is certainly normal, and our mission is to help brides plan their wedding without the stress (and it’s why we created The Bridal Retreat)! However, we certainly encourage brides to find ways to cope with the stress in a healthy way so when wedding days come you find yourself feeling joyful and supported. Here are some helpful methods for brides to cope with wedding anxiety.
Talk with a Professional about your Anxious Feelings
First, it’s a good idea to seek out professional help beforehand. If you’re not already working closely with a counselor or therapist, now is a great time to get started! Plenty of therapists offer secure, online sessions so you don’t even have to leave the house to get the help you need. Therapists and counselors can help you develop the skills and coping mechanisms1 you need to deal with the stress of social anxiety. All of these tools will be important and useful for life, but especially on your wedding day.
Plan Time Away to Curb Wedding Anxiety
If you know you’re easily overwhelmed, take the time now to plan out chunks of time where you can be by yourself, or with your spouse-to-be on your wedding day. Whether that means planning extra time between the ceremony and reception so you can gather your thoughts, or deliberately taking time away during the busy reception to breathe, don’t be afraid to step away when you have to.
Have the Right Team Beside You
When planning your wedding, make sure you have your most trusted friends and family beside you. These are the people who are going to be able to support you the best leading up to, and on, your wedding day. give them a thorough debriefing of exactly what you need them to do. A well-trained wedding party member will know when you’re in need of a break from the crowd and can swoop in with a convenient excuse to step away for a moment.
Remember It’s Your Day
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that your wedding day is supposed to be about you and your partner. If a large wedding, bid crowd, or certain elements of a wedding are too much for you to handle, make your needs known early on so you can plan a wedding that brings you joy, not stress! For example, micro-wedding may be a better choice for you!
Coping with Wedding Anxiety on your Big Day
Most brides look forward to their wedding day as a day to stand in the spotlight and celebrate their love with their friends and family. But if you’re a bride who has anxiety, you might find yourself feeling more stress than joy when you think about being surrounded by people on your wedding day. If you find yourself feeling like you’re shying away from people instead of letting yourself be surrounded by support, we hope these tips help you calm your anxiety so your wedding day can be filled with joy, not stress.
An excellent way to combine wedding planning with holidays is by visiting The Bridal Retreat. We focus on wellness and stress management activities, such as meditation, yoga sessions, and daily spa treatments. While being pampered and relaxing, you’ll have wedding planning sessions with our expert team.
If the idea of a holistic wedding planning getaway appeals to you, connect with us today.
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