The build up to a wedding can be nerve wracking but please don’t let it spoil your enjoyment of the day.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve met a number of Brides-to-be (and even Grooms-to-be) who are very, very stressed and nervous in the run up to their weddings and it is such a shame they can’t enjoy it. I had a similar experience in organising my own wedding and more recently (although on a much smaller scale) a landmark birthday party last year.
So, here is the thing…if things don’t go to plan on the day…it doesn’t matter.
We all plan everything to the nth degree, wedding planners and photographers talk about “time lines” but at the end of the day…what happens happens. I know that part of my job is planning against what should happen, and on the day going with the flow with what does happen. This includes the weather…unfortunately you get what you get on the day.
Provided that you, your partner, the officiant and your loved ones are there the important things are covered. With the right guest list, everyone will be rooting for the day to be a success anyway. And the odd little glitch can be a talking point.
I speak from experience. At no point in the run up to my wedding did my bespoke dress ever fit. In fact I got married in a shop sample that is now packed away in tissue on top of the wardrobe as though it never happened. I can laugh about it now, but in the run up to the wedding it seemed like the worst thing in the world. The day itself was a little fraught, not least the first dance which had to be abandoned as the CD kept skipping, oh and my wonderful husband’s choice of “When you say nothing at all” by Ronan Keating (aka shut up wife – extra tip from this blog, don’t forget to choose a song you both like before the day). I am not sharing this to frighten you, because none of this mattered. I got married to the right man, in front of family and friends I care about. The day was a bit of a blur, they are not lying when they say it goes fast, but I have some beautiful photographs to jog my memory. And all the little bumps along the way are just anecdotes that I can smile about now.
So, if you are very nervous, try not to worry too much. If it helps, think of it as excitement rather than nerves (I am told this is an old actor’s trick). As suppliers we possibly don’t help, talking about the ‘Big Day’, but really it should just be a special day with your favourite people sharing a happy occasion.
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