You may have heard of mindfulness – you may even have practised some of it in your daily life or at work. But have you thought of incorporating a mindfulness practice into your wedding day? By taking a few mindful moments along the way, you will be better equipped to handle any unexpected surprises and, more importantly, to fully savour and remember all the special memories as they unfold.
So what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the present moment. It involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judgement. Mindfulness has been shown to have numerous stress-busting benefits, as well as improving focus and concentration and increasing feelings of happiness and wellbeing. On your wedding morning, mindfulness can help you stay calm, centred, and fully present throughout the busy preparations, as well as calming any pre-wedding jitters! Here are five mindfulness tips to help make your wedding morning a joyful experience.
Take a deep breath and set an intention for the day
The wedding morning can be a flurry of activity and emotion, and it's easy to get swept up in the chaos. Before you jump into the day's activities, take a moment to sit quietly and take a deep breath. Set an intention for how you want to feel and what you want to experience on your wedding day. Whether it's to feel calm, joyful, or grateful, this intention will help you stay grounded throughout the busy hours that follow.
After you set your intention, take a moment to appreciate all the people who have come together to celebrate your wedding day. Reflect on the love and support you've received from your partner, family, friends, and wedding suppliers. You may find it easier to make a list of all the things you're grateful for on your wedding day. Focusing on gratitude will help you feel positive and uplifted and keep your focus on the bigger picture should any small challenges come up.
Schedule plenty of time for hair and makeup.
For most brides, one of the most enjoyable parts of the wedding morning is getting pampered with your bridal party. It’s a time to bond and enjoy each other’s company as well as a bit of pampering! Book a professional hair and makeup artist, and be sure to schedule plenty of time for them to do their work. This will allow you to relax and really enjoy the experience, as well as looking your radiant best! Don't forget to bring some snacks and drinks to keep you and your bridal party energised throughout the morning.
Take a moment to be present with your partner.
Amidst all the excitement and chaos, it's easy to forget to be present with your partner. Take a moment to connect with them before the ceremony. This could be a quick phone call, a note or gift exchange, or a first look. Whatever you choose, make sure to savour the moment and remind yourself of why you're getting married in the first place.
Release control and trust the process.
No matter how much planning and preparation you've done, there may still be unexpected surprises on your wedding day. Rather than trying to control every little detail, release control and trust the process. Remember that the most important thing is that you're getting married to the person you love. Everything else is just icing on the cake!
With these tips in mind, your wedding morning will be a memorable and joyful experience. Enjoy your special day!