If there’s one thing I can guarantee on your wedding day, it’s this: your emotions will be RUNNING HIGH. There’s just so much going on during your special day! Between getting glammed up with your girlfriends, finally having the party you’ve spent a year planning, and (of course) marrying the love of your life, there is bound to be charged up energy buzzing around you.

Unfortunately, sometimes all these emotions can become overwhelming, and that can lead to some serious stress. If you want to keep your cool on your big day, here are a few tips for banishing stress:

Manage Your Expectations

Most of us put a lot of pressure on our wedding day. It’s not really a surprise. Since we were little girls, we’ve been told that this is THE HAPPIEST DAY OF OUR LIVES. With such a big, important title, of course, we want everything about our weddings to be perfect!

However, the reality is that your wedding day is just another day. A fun day, yes, but not necessarily the happiest day ever. If you let go of the need for perfection and choose to accept that things might be less than a fairytale, it will be easier to avoid stress.

Take Breaks

A wedding day is usually pretty hectic. From the moment you wake up, it’s go-go-go. Get ready, take photos, have the ceremony, take more photos, mingle with guests, dance with your sweetie, take more photos. It seems like it never stops! If the packed to-do list starts making you feel on edge, don’t be afraid to ask for a breather. Even five minutes in the ladies’ room can help you decompress and keep your cool.

Remember Why

Planning a wedding is a big, all-encompassing task. And sometimes, it can be easy to lose sight of why you’re even planning it! If you start to feel like the wedding stress is just too much, take a minute to remember the reason you’re doing it all: to marry a person you love so much.

If you focus less on the planning stressors and more on your future spouse, it will be easy to banish all those stressful feelings. Once you do that, you’ll enjoy your wedding SO much more — and you and your spouse deserve to enjoy yourselves!

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Vendor dream team and featured image credits:

Photography Mint to Be

Florist Flor Amor

Venue The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge

Planner Butterfly Bridal and Events

Beauty Lola Beauty

Videography Photohouse Films

Catering Austin Catering

Cake Sweet Treets Bakery

DJ Premier Entertainment Group Brandon Shabazz

Lighting Ilios Lighting

Gown Unbridaled

Transportation Clark Travel