As a bridal makeup artist, I know weddings can be stressful. There’s so much to keep track of and with a thousand thoughts running through your head at triple speed, even the most Zen bride can get the jitters. One of the best parts of my job is spending time with the bride, but it also means I can help calm any worries. Here are my tips to stay cool on your Big Day.
Learn To Switch Off
You may be caught up in how you’ll look physically but you need to keep the mind healthy for the wedding too. Just five or ten minutes of meditation a day can transform the way you think, clear your head, and help you focus. On the Big Day, a few minutes of quiet meditation could save you from a meltdown later. Try apps to help train your brain to switch off such as Headspace.
Mediation and yoga go hand-in-hand and have been practised for centuries in Asia. If you’re hitting the gym to get sculpted for your bridal lehenga, trade one gym session for yoga; be it aclassora15 minute YouTube video, which is what I do as it fits in neatly with my work schedule.
Too Many Cooks
Wedding planning can feel overwhelming with so many tasks and everyone throwing themselves at you to help. That’s why I advise the couple to keep the inner circle small with just three people you can count on, come rain or shine, to help. Having too many hands on deck can cause more chaos because it means you have more people to ‘supervise’!
Just Take A Deep Breath
Breathe in for as long as it takes to read this sentence. Now breathe out for as long as it takes to read this sentence. And repeat. Breathing properly may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s a tip that’s forgotten all too often. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or anxious, fill your lungs with deep breaths for two minutes, eyes closed so you can block out distractions and just concentrate on your breath. It’s such a simple but effective technique that’s calming and gives your organs a good oxygen boost too!
“The pressure for perfection on your Big Day is high. Ganga and her team covered everything I could think of so, in the end, there was nothing to worry about. The morning was so full of fun and giggles; just the kind of atmosphere every bride needs before her big moment.” - Real Bride Dipal Patel
Live In The Moments
‘The day went so quickly, I can’t even remember it!’ is the all-too-common lament of a newlywed bride. Why? Because her mind has been racing to the next scene – the speeches, the first dance, the cake - instead of concentrating on the now. It’s never been more important to be mindful that on your wedding day. Immerse yourself in now, don’t get caught up in later.
If you do this at every step of the day, you’ll find your Big Day doesn’t become a blur because you’ve actively stopped to take in the moment. You’ve worked so hard to pull off the best day, so stop and smell the roses.
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As seen in Khush Wedding Autumn Winter 2018 KW20. Buy this issue here