So, it’s your wedding day. Congratulations! Your entire life has led up to this day, and the rest of your life will be changed because of it. You’ve chosen your life partner, and today’s the day that you finally get to pledge your love for them in front of all of your friends and family.
While this is a happy day for everyone, it can also bring about a lot of stress—especially for your bride. As a dutiful chosen life partner, you want your bride to be as happy and relaxed as possible today. Of course, one way to bring her happiness is by showering her with gifts, but there are other things that will put a smile to her face on this very special day.
Your bride is likely stressing over something right now. The first thing you can do to help her stress level is to maintain a calm demeanor—or as calm as you can. Just like laughter, stress is contagious. Especially if you’re the type to typically remain calm, seeing you worried or on edge will worry her. If you’ve got wedding day jitters, those are things to talk about and diffuse with your groomsmen.
WRITE A LETTER
You’re about to profess your love to your bride in a very meaningful way. If that involves writing your own vows, make sure that they include all of the most important things. (That also means that if you haven’t already written them, you should really get on that!) If you’re going with the traditional wedding vows, you can still write a meaningful letter to give her during your first look, or a time that you two spend alone before the ceremony.
You can write this letter prior to your wedding day, or if you want to let your range of emotions truly flow, you can write it the day of. If this is what you decide to do, just be sure that you allocate enough time in a private place to write this special letter.
If you’re musically-inclined, this is the day to use those talents. During your first look, surprise your bride by pulling out a guitar or singing a special song to serenade her.
Brides generally handle, or at least take part in most of the wedding planning, so there aren’t many surprises. A song chosen and performed by you could be a huge and wonderful surprise!
STAY HEALTHY AND HYDRATED
There’s nothing worse than feeling sick when you’re supposed to be looking and feeling great. Spoiler alert, that applies to your wedding day. This means that you’re going to have to take really good care of yourself during the days—and nights—leading up to your wedding. If you’re going out for a bachelor party the night before the wedding, don’t drink so much that you’re sick the next morning.
Drink lots of water, because you’ll likely be sweating due to nerves and the many layers of your suit or tux.
If drinking is part of your wedding preparation with your groomsmen, try to keep it to a minimum. Weddings are widely regarded as an opportunity to get inebriated. However, you should save that for the reception. You’ll still need to get through your vows and walk your bride back up the aisle.
DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
Nothing great comes without some level of responsibility. There are things you’ll need to be in charge of on the day of your wedding—so, make sure they’re done! Prepare the things you need in order to get ready BEFORE the night prior to the wedding, and make sure you aren’t scrambling to get everything done the day of.
One of the most important parts of the ceremony is the exchange of rings. This is going to be your responsibility, and there is only ONE set of rings to exchange. Be sure you know who has the rings, and that this person is responsible to hold on to them. If you get to the altar and can’t locate the wedding rings, that’s going to be a huge problem! double and triple check with your ring bearer or best man that they have the rings safely secured and know what to do with them during the ceremony.
FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Whether you’re the type to cry in emotional situations or not, today is the day to show your bride how much she means to you. Let your emotions show, whether you cry or smile wide. Her day is all about her love for you, and likewise, your is about her.
Today, your bride is the most important person in your life. When you dance, dance with her. Spend time with her. When you make your rounds at the reception, be sure that she’s by your side. Make memories with her that you two will treasure for the rest of your lives.
You’re making your bride so happy just by marrying her. But for the happiest bride, give these suggestions a try. You’re going to be just fine.