This isn’t a checklist of last-minute details you need to have covered or what you need to do a week before the wedding. 

This is to help you get through those last few hours before your wedding day. For those moments when you start freaking out about every little thing. For when you’re worried you’ve missed something. And for when all you want to do is cry, even though you know you should be excited.

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Think of this as a little pep talk to help you stop worrying and help you start getting excited for all of the amazing things that are soon to happen.

Just remember: all of this is completely normal. Pre-wedding jitters happen to many brides and grooms, but you don’t have to let stress, worry, and anxiety get you down.

Bride walking down for her wedding ceremony, Photographed by Austin, Texas wedding photographer NIkk Nguyen

Here are a few pieces of advice to help you get through the last few hours before your big day.

Prepare Your Mind 

Preparing yourself for things like activities running late, people not showing up, or a chance of rain doesn’t mean worrying yourself to tears. It just means understanding and accepting that these things may happen and it’s totally okay. Even if something doesn’t go as planned, know that it won’t be the end of the world, you’ll make it through, and people probably won’t notice and/or care. Just take each moment as it comes and let the worries roll off your shoulders.

A bride and groom laughing together on their wedding day, photographed by Austin, Texas wedding photographer NIkk Nguyen

Laugh Out Loud 

Laughter is the best medicine, right? It definitely helps reduce stress, so make time to laugh before the big day. Watch a funny movie or comedy special or hang out with a friend who never fails to make you smile. 

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

I know you might be feeling anxious and/or excited, but tomorrow is a long day and you’ll want to feel as fresh and rested as possible. Take a soothing lavender bath or shower, shut off your electronics at a reasonable hour if that helps calm your mind, or listen to a sleep meditation to help you get some quality shut eye. 

Stop Checking the Weather 

Fact: whatever will be will be, so there is no reason to check your weather app every 15 minutes. Besides, if you’ve prepared for inclement weather and have back up plans, you’re golden.

The Most Important Last-Minute Wedding Advice 

Remember to spend time doing the things you want to do on your big day. Maybe that means more dancing and less talking to guests, but you’re worried people will get upset. But think about it: If you try to please everyone else at the wedding, you’ll miss pleasing the two most important people there - you and your spouse. You’ll wake up the next day wondering where the time went and why you didn’t focus more on whatever it is you wanted to focus on.

A bride and groom ringing the bell of their wedding chapel, Photographed by Austin, Texas wedding photographer NIkk Nguyen

You only get to do this once (even if you get married again at some point, it won’t be the same as this one), and everyone wants to see you happy, so do whatever you can to enjoy your day with your spouse. Don’t worry about anyone or anything else. Don’t worry about whether or not the guests are having the time of their lives. Are you? That’s the important thing because the wedding is about you and your partner. It’s a huge party you’ve planned especially for your union, so don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s okay to let go. Just eat, drink, and be merry!

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