Wedding Day Jitters and What to do About Them

Wedding Day Jitters and What to do About Them

By Dawn Van Ness

Your big wedding day can bring on some some big pressures and expectations. Few get through without some anxiety, and some may experience even a panic attack. Seldom do people reenact Runaway Bride, but occasionally… so what to do?

Before the day is upon you, take stress management inventory:

  • Do you eat healthy?
  • Do you exercise regularly?
  • Do you practice mediation or any other relaxation techniques?
  • Do you get enough sleep?

Eating healthy, exercising regularly, practicing relaxation techniques, and getting enough sleep are all super ways to keep stress managed regularly. Now is a great time to start and make them your habits.

Stress is related to hormones which can build up in our systems but which we can flush out regularly. Learn how to build up less and flush them out more quickly by combining all the above. It will be life changing for the better.

When the day is upon you, consider incorporating some self-indulgent time before walking down the isle. Make sure you made time and booked:

  • Facial
  • Massage
  • Pedicure & Manicure

Now is fine for a great drink (or two):

  • Wine or Champagne in fine stemware
  • Cocktails with a toast
  • Bourbon in a flask

There are things to avoid as well. Whatever you do, avoid:

  • Toxic People
  • Expectations
  • Procrastination
  • Being Controlling
  • Forgetting to Smell the Roses


Dawn Van Ness


Dawn Dickson Van Ness grew up at the beach and has published her work in print and online. With a BA in English and a MS in Mass Communications, she has used writing and multimedia to promote artists, art shows, writers, small businesses, and other self-employed individuals by building websites and maintaining social media pages. She feels most fulfilled when she is helping others achieve their dreams, which includes writing self-help and steps-to-success articles for various websites. It seems a natural fit for this wife and mother of two to write features that help soon-to-be wed couples. For more about Dawn, go to
Historic Leafwood  is a wedding venue located near Richmond, Tappahannock, Gloucester, Williamsburg, and Hampton Virginia.

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