Pre-wedding jitters are not necessarily a sign of cold feet, and this is something that happens to almost everyone who ties the knot. It’s a big step and the future is always uncertain, so feeling anxious and nervous is normal. There are some things you can do to soothe your frayed nerves and enjoy the moment! Here are 5 simple tricks.

Learn Centering Techniques – When you learn to center yourself, you can calm your nerves almost instantly. A quick way to do this is to close your eyes, breathe slowly and imagine roots growing from your feet and into the earth below you. Imagine those roots curving back up on both sides and going back down into the crown of your head – a never ending cycle. Visualize this for a few minutes until you feel centered and grounded.

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Breathing Techniques – Have you ever been so nervous that you feel light-headed? Most of the time, this is due to breathing too quickly or hyperventilating. Practice breathing slowly; in through your nose and out through your mouth. Inhale slowly for eight seconds and then pause for eight seconds before exhaling for eight seconds. Breathing slowly will help you get your nerves under control.

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Sneak a Cocktail – You don’t want to go down the aisle smelling of booze but having a pre-wedding cocktail can really calm your anxiety and allow you to enjoy the process rather than being a bundle of nerves.

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Chew Peppermint – You can settle your tummy by chewing on peppermint candy before the wedding. The plus is that your breath will be minty fresh for your kiss with your new hubby!

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Stay in the Moment – Many people have a defense reaction where they feel like they’re moving through a blur when they’re nervous. Force yourself to stay in the moment by noticing various things. For instance, “this is my wedding day. There is my future husband standing at the altar. This is my father’s hand that I’m holding.” Keep noticing small details like this to keep yourself firmly in the present.

Each of these techniques can help you calm down so that you’re able to enjoy the day and remember it clearly when you look back!

Most brides want to hang on to their wedding dress after the big day, and many will want to pass their dresses on to their daughters in the future. It’s important to learn how to preserve the dress so it will last throughout the years of your marriage.

Have a Seamstress Examine It

After the ceremony, have a seamstress examine the dress to make sure there are no loose threads or missing bead work. The seamstress can make any necessary repairs before you store the dress to ensure that it’s in excellent condition.

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Have the Dress Cleaned

Next, you’ll want to have the dress professionally cleaned. You can take the dress to your local dry cleaner’s and ask them to make sure it’s professionally cleaned, and not with other types of clothing. If your local dry cleaner doesn’t have the equipment to properly clean the dress, they will have resources that you can use to get the dress cleaned.

Storing the Dress in a Box

It’s best to store your dress in a box, because years of hanging on a hanger can be stressful on the fabric. There are acid-free boxes and acid-free tissue paper online that you can order to store your dress in. Carefully fold the dress, wrap it in tissue paper and place it in the box. It should be kept in the closet, away from sunlight. The dress should be taken out of the box every year or so and allowed to breathe for a day before you store it again.

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There are professional companies that offer wedding dress preservation services, if you don’t feel you can do it or don’t want to risk doing it yourself. It’s important to preserve that beautiful dress so you can pass it on to your loved ones in the future.

So you’ve looked up tips on writing wedding thank you notes, but you’re still not sure what’s right and what’s not. Well, you’re in luck. We’ve created this helpful wedding thank you note cheat sheet to help.

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Dear _____ (always insert the proper name!),

Thank you [thanks] so much [a ton/a whole bunch/ever so much] for helping us celebrate [being present on/attending/being a part of] our special day [our wedding and reception/our big day/one of the most important days of our lives].

We couldn’t be happier with [are thrilled with/are so thankful for/are in love with/absolutely adore] your amazing [your wonderful/your very kind/your special/your perfect/your thoughtful] gift. We plan to use it for our first Christmas dinner [our first home/our honeymoon/our kitchen/our first dinner party].

Again, thank you so much for attending and for [driving all that way/looking fantastic/all of your help/all the memories/the laughs and the love].

Sincerely [Love/All Our Love/Best Wishes/With Our Love],


This helpful cheat sheet shows you exactly what should be written on a wedding thank you note! It will make the process of writing thank you notes go by faster while everyone gets a hand-written note that is proper etiquette!

A relatively new idea when it comes to weddings is to skip paper invitations and give wedding video invitations to your friends and family members. If it sounds odd, you’re not alone. It’s not going to be found on any wedding etiquette list, but it may be a fun idea for you and your spouse, and there are some definite advantages.

How it’s Done

It’s rather simple, really. You and your future spouse create a fun and unique little video that invites friends and family members to your wedding. The video details the time, location, date, and all the other information you’d normally include on a wedding invitation. Then, you send the video electronically or place it on CDs and send those to the invited individuals.


It’s a fun, cute and unique idea that you can really have fun with. It’s a great way to save money because you won’t have to order custom-made invitations. It’s also perfect for an eco-friendly couple, as you’re saving a ton of paper by eliminating paper invitations, stamps and envelopes. You can suggest that guests RSVP via your wedding website or email. You can also get a lot more information into the videos than you’d be able to get into a written invitation, and it’ll give your guests a nice snapshot into your life as a couple and what they’re going to expect from the wedding.

If you’re a non-traditional bride and groom who love doing unique things, this is a perfect way to invite friends and family members to your wedding.

Congratulations! You’re engaged. Now it’s time to start planning your wedding. Most women aren’t even sure where to start and it can be a little overwhelming at first. By sticking to these simple steps, you can get the big stuff out of the way before worrying about the smaller details.

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Picking the Date

The first step is to choose the best date. Talk it over with your fiancé and choose a date that is special to both of you.

Create a List of Needs

While talking with your fiancé, create a list of the things you MUST have in order to get married. This will include things like the dress, the tuxedo, the officiant, a venue, etc. Remember that this list is only for the things that are absolutely necessary for getting married.

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Make a Budget

You probably already have a good idea of what you can afford to spend on your wedding. By creating a budget, you can plan your wedding without having to go into debt.

Plan Your Theme

Now that you’ve got your budget together, decide on a theme. Do you even want a particular theme? Many brides choose themes like these:

  • Victorian
  • Literary
  • Tropical
  • Rustic/Barn
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Create a Timeline

Creating a timeline will help you stay on target so you can have everything completed by the big day. On your timeline, you’ll want to list everything – from all of the dress fittings and makeup trials to the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, vendor meetings, etc.

By following these 5 steps, you can stay organized and ensure that everything’s covered without getting too overwhelmed to enjoy the process.

Your wedding website is a treasure trove of information that your guests need, and is a super convenient way for them to RSVP if you’ve chosen to allow it. Most brides put all the helpful information they can think of on the website to ensure that their guests have everything they need. However, most don’t think about putting the following 4 things, which can be very helpful:

RSVP on Wedding Website

A Phone Number for the Venues

If your guest has a question for a representative of the venue, they can find the number quickly and easily on your wedding website. This could include anything from more detailed directions to questions about special accommodations.

Discount Codes or Coupons for Nearby Hotels

This is a wonderful thing to add to your wedding website for out of town guests, and will enable them to save when booking a nearby hotel room. Be sure to include contact information for the hotels as well!

Information for Out of Town Guests

Vendor Information

Putting vendor information on your wedding website is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the people who have worked so hard for you and to give recommendations to friends and family members who might be planning their own wedding soon. From the shop where you bought your dress to the artist that made your bridal headband, you can include their websites and contact information on your wedding website.

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Special Thank-Yous

For those who are absolutely priceless to you, especially during your wedding planning, why not put a special thank you on your wedding website? It’s a great way to show your gratitude for those people who go above and beyond for you!

Thank You Notes on Wedding Website

Along with all the other wonderful things you will put on your wedding website, add these in to ensure that guests have everything they need!

If you’ve seen those cute DIY vintage wedding signs floating around Pinterest, you know how adorable they look at a rustic or even a shabby chic wedding. The great news is that they’re super easy to make, even if you don’t have any vintage wood lying around.

Vintage Wedding Signs

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coffee grounds (you can use the ones you brewed coffee with already)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 White paint marker (to create the lettering on the sign)
  • 1 sign post or easel
  • 1 steel wool
  • Nails and hammer, or staple gun
  • 1 2×2 wood post (only $3 at Lowes or Home Depot)

Okay, now what?

  1. Start by adding the coffee grounds to the vinegar. Allow it to sit overnight until the vinegar soaks up the color of the grains. Don’t be stingy with the coffee grounds.
  2. Use the steel wool to apply the vinegar mixture to the wood. Rub the steel wool against the wood in circular motions, allowing the vinegar to stain the wood. The result will be a deep, muted brown that looks like vintage varnished wood.
  3. Let dry for at least 24 hours.
  4. Start painting! (You may want to write our your text in pencil lightly first to make sure your spacing works well)
  5. Nail or staple the wood to your post, or set on easel.

You can also embellish the sign with ribbon, bows, flowers or lace to make it more unique.

It’s just that easy – and your sign will have that same vintage look but without the years and years of aging. These signs are great for pointing out various parts of the wedding (food, restrooms, dancing, etc.) and are really impressive!

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When you’re right in the middle of planning a wedding, it’s often difficult to find time to hang out with your family and friends. This can leave those special people with more than a few questions, from what type of wedding gift you want to the type of wedding you’re planning to have. There are a few great ways to keep your friends and family in the loop while planning your wedding.

Bridal Registry

Registering for gift items is one of the best ways to keep your family and friends updated. This gives them the option to choose a gift for you that they love, but that you will truly appreciate. Remember to select a wide variety of items with different prices so guests have a range of gifts to choose from. So, you might register for a very nice and costly cookware set, but don’t forget to register for kitchen towels and pot holders as well. Finally, link to your bridal registry on your social media sites and in your email signature so family and friends can find it easily.

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Create a Wedding Website

One of the greatest ways to allow friends and family to follow your progress and stay in the loop is a wedding website. A wedding website typically tells a couple’s story from the moment they met to the decision to tie the knot. It may also include wedding event information and tips, as well as information on the process of planning the wedding. This can be a fun way to de-stress during your wedding planning, and let everyone else follow along with your planning.

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Rely on Your Maid of Honor

Your maid of honor traditionally has the role of planning and informing everyone as to how the wedding is coming along, what to expect, etc. Work with your maid of honor to make sure the proper save the date cards and invitations go out, to know who has RSVP’d, and to make sure your wedding day is all you want it to be.

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By taking these steps, you can ensure that your family and friends stay informed and that your day is every bit as special as you want it to be.

Are you having trouble writing your vows? If you’re a book nerd, why not take some inspiration from some of your favorite authors? Here are 10 beautiful literary quotes that may work perfectly within your vows.

From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No…don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away.”

From Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

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From The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten.  But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

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From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

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From Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Soul meets soul on lover’s lips.”

From Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

Each of these beautiful quotes would fit very well within your self-written wedding vows! There are plenty of others, too so if you’re stuck, looking up literary quotes about love is a great starting point.

Jewelry, makeup and chocolate are all popular bridesmaids gifts, but it can be difficult to find something truly unique to give your girls. This DIY project is inexpensive but absolutely beautiful and very touching. It’s simple to create, too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Dictionary or Other Meaningful Book
  • Heart-Shaped Paper Puncher
  • Glue
  • White (or colored) Cardstock
  • A Pretty Frame
  • Scrapbook Paper

How to Create It

You can use the dictionary if you want, or you can use your favorite book…whatever you wish. If you use the dictionary, use the heart paper puncher to punch out definitions that you feel describe the bridesmaid you’re creating the gift for. For instance, you could punch out part of the definitions kind, thoughtful, loving, caring, etc.

If you’re using a fictional book or another type of book, simply punch out whatever areas you want. You’ll attach these to the cardstock after making sure the cardstock will fit inside the frame you’ve chosen. You can do rows or a special design – whatever you’d like. Remember that this is a gift from you so it’s fine to be creative and put your own special touch on the gift. Also, you can cut hearts from colored scrapbook paper and place those in with the book pages as well.

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This is a fantastic and unique gift that is touching, and the fact that you created it makes it all the more special!