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We turned to Leena Nasir, the owner and principal of Let's Party Consultants in Toronto, to provide us with some helpful insider tips on how to maintain composure on your way to saying "I do."
1. Accept what can't be changed
Family tension, financial stressors, traffic delays and weather are all factors that can't be avoided. It's best to be aware that these things may come into play on your wedding day and to make peace with them in advance.
"The biggest concern I have is when a bride enters into her wedding day expecting it to be perfect," says Nasir. "None of our days are perfect, so it's highly unrealistic to expect a day with so much emotional and financial pressure -- and so many moving parts -- to just naturally flow seamlessly," she says.
2. Take care of yourself
Nutrition, hydration and rest -- these three factors all play a huge role on your wedding day.
"Two key contributors to a bride losing her cool on her big day are poor nutrition and lack of rest," says Nasir. "The truth is that the last few days leading up to the wedding date are the most strenuous on the bride, so it's only natural to encounter poor nutritional and sleep habits. This compounds and becomes a great contributor to a bride's stress levels."
It's important that a healthy diet, plenty of water and some good rest are all in check during the week before the wedding.
3. Remember that you don't have to please everyone
It's your day, so avoid putting too much pressure on yourself to be the ultimate hostess. "The constant desire or the feeling of pressure to please everyone around her is sure to set a bride into a mode of panic on the big day," says Nasir.
"I always tell my brides that it's impossible to make everyone happy, and that this day is about her and her fiance being happy," she says. "Those who love and support them unconditionally will be satisfied by watching them enjoy their day."
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4. Have a support system
As a bride, it's important to have a point person (or point people) to take care of the small details so you can simply relax. So on the big day hand over your phone and watch to someone else, says Nasir.
"Someone else can keep track of the time and other details for her. If she's too caught up in watching the minutes go by and stressing about what is supposed to be happening at that time, she won't be 'in the moment' and will essentially be emotionally absent from her wedding day," explains Nasir.
The less you have to worry about and the more you can delegate, the better you'll feel.
5. Remember this is not just a wedding -- it's a marriage
When asked whether she has any final advice for brides-to-be, Nasir says it's important to remember that all the lovely things that have been put together for the wedding are essentially just that -- things. The main purpose of the day is to celebrate the couple.
"It doesn't matter if those 'things' don't work out 100 per cent as planned, and truthfully, nine times out of 10, nobody aside from the bride herself would notice any errors," she says. "It's very important that brides remember that this is a celebration of love, and that the less they stress about the little things, the more they will enjoy the more significant things, such as this amazing union."
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