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July 29, 2016 2 min read 0 Comments

{Guest Blogger Joanna Moss: Vancouver and Destination wedding photographer}

The whole day can be a little overwhelming for anyone getting married or involved in a wedding. Here are a few keep-calm techniques that will get you through your day.

1. Do something normal.  You get up in the morning, you take a shower and all of a sudden there are 10 people in your house that would not normally be there. Running around getting ready, asking you questions about steamers and extension cords, and where you want things. It's easy to get swept up into everything and to get overwhelmed. If your morning routine is to have your morning coffee alone on your balcony before you start your day, do that. If you prefer a beer over a mimosa, do that. Doing things that you would do normally will keep you grounded, keep your head levelled and will keep you feeling like YOU all day.

2. Have someone else be in charge of your cell phone.  You don't want to have to field calls about someone losing the ring-bearer's tie, or that someone doesn't know what side of the room the cake should go on. Give your best friend your phone and have her field all your calls. She can take care of all the little and big issues, so you don't even have to know about them. There is little you can do on your wedding day – you've made all of your plans already – and it's time for everyone else to just execute your plan. Sit, relax and have your hair and makeup done.

3. Hire a day-of coordinator.  Not everyone has the budget for a full-blown wedding planner, although I recommend looking into that option as well. Hiring a day-of coordinator is the best idea to keep calm all day long. Your coordinator will make sure that all the little details you planned, and that the timeline you put together, are all going to be done the way you wanted them to be. This is another person to buffer you from the goings-on throughout the day and take the stress off your shoulders.

4. Take a break.  Plan small breaks throughout your day. Actually insert them into your wedding day timeline. Get to the ceremony 5-10 minutes early, so you can compose yourself before walking down the aisle. Take a 5- minute break after your ceremony with your new husband/wife. Take 10 minutes after your photos to sit down and relax before getting to the reception hall. You'll feel less pressed for time and less rushed.

5. Use essential oils.  Escents has a great roller-ball essential oil for stress relief. I have found it to be a lifesaver on wedding days when I'm feeling the stress coming on. Put a little on your wrists, take a few deep breaths and feel the stress just roll away.


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