Juggling Pre-Wedding Jitters

If 2009 is The Year of the Weddings among my friends, then August is the Month of Getting Married.  For the first four Saturdays of this month, I know couples who tied (or are about to tie) the knot.

Nervous bride?  You're not alone.

Nervous bride? You're not alone.

Which has gotten me thinking: what’s a bride to do when the wedding day wobblies or nuptial nausea kick in?  I, of course, expect to start feeling ill several days before the wedding — meaning I probably won’t eat much and might be sleeping even less.  But I’ve come up with a few ways I might curb my nerves the morning of my wedding, before the hair appointments and flower deliveries begin bustling around me.

  • Take a long, soothing bubble bath instead of a shower.
  • Read through your favorite devotional, book of poetry, or even a storybook you loved as a child.
  • Hit the snooze button several times — and just snuggle with your cat or dog for an extra half hour.
  • Whip up your favorite gourmet breakfast . . . or some of those Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes you loved as a kid.
  • Take a sunrise jog around your neighborhood, or better yet, through a park, on the beach, or around a pond.
  • Meet a relaxed and relaxing girlfriend for early morning lattes.
  • Join in a morning yoga or Pilates class to distract your mind and body.
  • Feel like a kid again by enjoying some Saturday morning cartoons.
  • Settle into a chair at a spa for a last-minute pedicure or massage.
  • Do something incredibly normal — like stopping by your grocery store to stock up on non-perishables (and maybe even a few frozen treats to celebrate the end of your pre-wedding diet!).
  • Spend some time looking through old photos that make you laugh.
  • Enjoy a family brunch.
  • Swim a few laps or just lounge on a pool float.
  • Have some girltalk with your bridesmaids and make homemade fruit smoothies.

~ Laura


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