A bride and groom standing together, facing the ocean on their wedding day.

7 Foolproof Ways to Have a Stress-Free Wedding Day

It’s perfectly okay to get swept up in the excitement of your wedding day. From the moment you wake up, the action & emotions don’t stop all day! You’re getting your hair done, then your makeup, there are people everywhere all the time wanting to talk & next thing you know you’re saying “I do”!  

You may even be thinking about all the details you’ve planned & wondering if you forgot something. Even the most prepared couple might start feeling anxious that they’ve overlooked an important detail. 

I’ve heard so many couples talk about how they felt like they blinked & their wedding was over in a flash. The purpose of this post isn’t to change how you experience your wedding day – my goal is to add a layer of peace & presence so you enjoy each & every moment as they happen. So, here are some strategies to lean on for a less stressful, more relaxed wedding day.

A groom carrying his bride's dress walking across the grass to their reception tent at Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island.

1. Early Planning is Your Best Friend

Begin your wedding planning as early as possible. Booking your venues, caterer, and photographer early not only secures your first choices but also often grants you more favorable rates. Early planning reduces the “last-minute scramble” and spreads tasks out so they’re more manageable.

2. Delegate to Dependable Hands

Weddings are a major endeavor! You don’t have to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to reliable friends, family, or a professional wedding planner. Enlist friends and family to help make place cards, handle RSVPs, tie bows onto favors, run errands or even manage the timeline of the day, trusting others can lighten your load significantly.

Have the peace of mind that your moments will be captured while you soak up every moment.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline

A detailed day-of timeline shared with your wedding party and vendors will help your day run smoothly. Include buffer times for unexpected delays, which will help you stay relaxed if things run a bit off schedule.

4. Have a ‘Plan B’ in Place

Always have a backup plan, especially for elements like outdoor settings. Weather can be unpredictable, and having alternatives for key aspects like location or transportation ensures you’re covered no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.

5. Relaxing Wedding Morning Wake-Up

Before your feet even hit the floor, just… stop. Leave your phone where it is (after you turn off your alarm). Or get up, grab a cup of coffee or tea, find a quiet spot – maybe back into your room – and enjoy a bit of peace. 

You can lean back on this tip at every phase of the day: right before you walk down the aisle,  before you walk into the reception together & during your first dance. Small moments of calm can have a huge impact on your overall experience of your wedding day!

A bride and groom walking across the lawn at Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport, Rhode Island.

Be in the moment at your wedding, I’ll handle the photographs.

A bride and groom at Easton's Beach, also know as Second Beach in Newport, Rhode Island after getting married at Newport Beach House.

6. Find Some Alone Time

One of the best things I have seen as a wedding photographer for Rhode Island is the couple taking 15-20 minutes to be alone after the ceremony or right before the reception. I mean, you JUST got married! Find a quiet spot, grab some hors d’oeuvres & a couple of drinks, and just… chill. Love on each other and take a breath! 

You likely haven’t seen much of each other all day, and probably won’t get any true quality time until after the last song is played. Taking this time might be just what you both need in the middle of the day!

7. Embrace Imperfections

Not every aspect of your day will go as planned. Embrace small imperfections and remember the big picture: the celebration of your marriage. This mindset shift can significantly reduce your stress levels.

BONUS: Eat, for chrissakes! 

It’s a big day, so you might have too many butterflies in your stomach to even consider eating breakfast, but lemme tell ya – that is a bad idea. Even if you’re not a breakfast person or not hungry, put a little something into your belly. 

It’s essential to have something healthy in your body to prepare you for your big day ahead. Food really does impact your behavior and emotions! Even a snack will help to put you into a more positive, stress-free state with extra energy to get you through the day.

Implementing these ten strategies can dramatically reduce your stress and increase your enjoyment of your big day. Remember, the goal is to celebrate your love and commitment. With a little planning, delegation, and mindset management, you can ensure that your wedding day is memorable for all the right reasons.

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