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1. Take some new spouse alone time

After you’ve said your vows and finished the ceremony part of your wedding, you should steal a few minutes alone with your love to just unwind a little bit before the reception. During the reception, you’re supposed to be having fun and relaxing, so take a few minutes together to calm down and chat a bit about everything or nothing before you hit the floor for your first dance.

2. Don’t Stray from your spouse

Speaking of the reception… Everyone is going to want to take a few minutes of your time to get personally greeted. But, don’t let greetings and pleasantries keep you from your boo! Save your expert mingling skills for your first cocktail party. During your wedding day, stick with each other like you’ve been glued together! This way, you’ll have the same memories of the day and it will be easier for your photographer to catch some sweet candid pictures of you guys throughout the night.

3. Keep delicious snacks on hand

The term “hangry” may not be officially in the dictionary, but you should recognize that it’s a very real thing! Stress can make some people into bottomless hunger pits while others may not want to eat at all. Whatever the case, hunger will always make you more stressed than you were before. Keep a bag of your favorite crunchy snacks around or make up some delicious trail mix to lug around with you leading up to the big moment. Keep it semi-healthy, but appetizing.

4. Allow yourself to feel nervous

It’s okay to feel nervous on your wedding day. You’ve made a big decision, and you’re about to follow-through with it. Nervousness and anxiety are all natural and perfectly normal right now! Let the emotions happen to you, take a few deep breaths, and carry on. Remind yourself how much fun you’ll be having at the reception and the honeymoon after all the intimidating stuff is over. Most important of all, remember why you decided to marry your partner today.

If all else fails, grab your maid of honor or your best man and vent or spill all the emotions you need to on them. They’ll understand!

Weddings and stress are often tied together. Try these simple ways to keep your stress at bay on your big day. The right mix of snacks, friendship, planning, and acceptance could lead you to the most fun and relaxed wedding you could have ever imagined.

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