4 Tips to Reduce Pre-Wedding Anxiety (and get rid of fire veins)

My veins were filled with fire.

I just knew it. Either fire, or stinging ants, but at this point, did it really matter? I was panicked. And I was running.out.of.time.

Because my wedding was in only two days. And those two days were just... just terrible.

I'm a bit... controlling. And a little bit of a perfectionist, and I like things just so. But seriously?

By the end of planning my wedding, I just didn't care. About any of it.
And yet, at the same time, I cared so very much.

It was confusing and terrible and I just wanted the wedding to be over.

And you know what?

With my stress level through the roof, my nerves completely ragged, after having slept all of thirty minutes the night before, and with a nervous stomach that just wouldn't go away... I got married. 

As soon as I held by beloved's hands in front of the altar, everything was okay.

But about ten minutes beforehand, nothing was okay. I was too much a bundle of nerves to even really enjoy my last few moments before my wedding.

Don't do that. 

Don't let yourself get so worked up and anxious that the days leading up to your wedding are just awful. This should be a time of happiness and joy, of celebration. Not of feeling like you're going to be sick every single minute.

Here are four things I wish I'd done to reduce those pre-wedding nerves, calm the fire veins, and truly enjoy the day.

Delegate and Trust

You cannot physically do everything. 

There's no possible way to pick up grandma from the airport, get your hair done, and make sure the guestbook arrives at the church all in a span of fifteen minutes. You just can't.

Delegate things to other people. I'm sure you're rolling your eyes at me here because, duh, of course you know all about delegating. But for a control freak like myself, it was hard.

I wanted to do it all myself. But you know what?

I alienated some people by holding on so tightly! My family and friends wanted to help, and here I was trying to keep the entire wedding under my thumb. When I finally gave up (it took me far too long- don't make the same mistake!) I was delighted to see that other people were actually excited to help.

You can do it. Ask for help, and then (this part is important) trust that they'll do a great job. 

Calling everyone ten minutes before their assignment to remind them of exactly what you want them to do is not trusting them.

Let it go. Everything will work out just fine, even if you're not the one doing it.

Love your Almost-Husband

The trouble with controlling my entire wedding, in my case, was that I sort of forgot about Trevor.

Micromanaging his responsibilities was really all the attention I gave him.

And it was his wedding, too.

I was so focused on the wedding and on what I needed to do that I acted rather selfishly. Not a great way to start out a marriage.

A hint: When your future hubby says, "Please, let's just talk about anything but the wedding. Please," it's a good sign that he feels neglected. 

Do something nice for him.

And no, I'm not saying this to add to the ever-growing list of things that absolutely must get done before the wedding. I know it may feel that way.

It doesn't have to be a big thing- maybe a back rub, stop by with an ice cream cone, ask him how his day was and actually listen to the answer (I wasn't so great at that one).

Turning your mind toward serving him will help you get your mind off of everything else- off the wedding nerves, and off of yourself. Let's be honest, planning a wedding is often about what I want, I need, I want this to look like...me, me, me.


Yes, you heard me. Pray.

Pray about the wedding, pray for the things you're nervous about, pray for that man you're marrying, pray for your friends and people you don't even know... just pray.

Prayer will put your attitude in the right place. I thought I could control everything about my wedding, but really, are we in control of anything at all? I had to let go. Trust God.

And just like serving your future fella, praying about other people and other concerns will take your mind of off yourself.

Take Time to Relax

You're saying, "Ally! I'm getting married in four days!!! There is NO TIME TO RELAX!" Or maybe you're not saying that at all because you're calm and peaceful and not nearly as neurotic as I.

But honestly, I really wish I'd done more of this. Take the time to relax. You need it. Think of it as wedding planning task- you're planning and preparing to be a pleasant person on your wedding day instead of a complete mess.

Some suggestions:

-Take a bath, preferably with some kind of lavender going on. Breathe, read a light book about something other than weddings, or hey, even bring your laptop into the bathroom and watch a funny movie.

-Listen to soothing music. You can search "relaxing music" on YouTube and just listen to bunches. No words, just soothing tunes. (Don't listen at work, though. I made that mistake once and almost fell asleep at my desk at 1:30. But very relaxing).

-Let yourself feel things. Overwhelmed? Angry things aren't going the way you wanted? Emotional because you're getting married and things are changing (LINK)? Give yourself time to feel it. Blocking out your feelings will only lead to more stress and anxiety.

-Do something fun. Something non-wedding related. Something that you enjoy or that thrills you or that makes you feel worthwhile. Create something. Find art in your world. Do something you've never done before. Try to do something active- ice skating or bowling or even just taking a walk down your favorite path and taking photos. The exercise will help to ease stress, too.

When you think of a bride before her wedding, the ideal "perfect bride," is she frenzied and stressed? She shouldn't be!

Crunch time before a wedding can really crush your spirit and make you anxious and unpleasant, selfish and mean.

Don't be a bundle of stress and nerves on your wedding day. You'll miss out on some of the joy- and you want to be fully present on this special day.

Take the time to relax, to pray, and to love on your groom, and trust that everything else will fall into place.

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