Published: Thursday, Feb. 11th, 2021
This is it, the day of the wedding. You’re about to stand in front of the couple’s loved ones and deliver their wedding ceremony!
It’s a momentous occasion, and all the hours you spent planning and practicing were worth it, because today two wonderful people are getting married. The guests start to arrive and you move to take your place front and center.
Right before you step ‘on stage’, use this last-minute mental checklist to collect yourself and avoid any embarrassing mishaps.
That poppy seed bagel with lox was delicious*, but your breakfast choice isn’t the memory you want showing up in wedding photos. Double check your smile with a quick glance in a mirror before you start greeting guests.
*always eat before the ceremony! You need nutritious energy to stay focused before, during, and after.
If you need glasses to read, make sure you have them before you step on stage! Or if you wear contacts, keep a tiny bottle of solution nearby, lest an eyelash or speck of dust go rogue and attack.
Few things kills the mood like an officiant winking awkwardly for 20 minutes, or moving a script back and forth trying to make out the fine print.
All of your wedding-day winking should be intentional.
Yep. It’s hard to concentrate on anything when you’re trying to hold it -- let alone speak charismatically in front of a crowd. Do yourself a favor and make a quick trip before you step up front.
Is your zipper up? Is your dress or skirt smoothed down, and covering everything it’s meant to? Great! The only show the guests are here to see is a wedding.
Let's keep everyone's attention on the happy couple, ok?
We know you just had it, but where is it now? Find it, put it in your hands, and if it has multiple pages, make sure they’re in order (and numbered!) before you say your opening remarks.
A common symptom of anxiety is dry mouth, and you don’t want this slowing you down. Keep a water bottle within reach!
And while you’re at it, keep those tissues close too. Set them off to the side or keep a packet in your pocket. Someone’s going to cry, it’s just a matter of time. It’s a wedding after all!
Dry eyes, not dry mouth.
Don’t clench. Don’t freeze. Don’t lock your knees. Don’t slouch. Don’t hide behind the bride. Don’t curl up into a ball.
You’ve got this! Stand up straight, face the audience, relax your shoulders, and breathe!
But seriously, are you? Take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Then, do it again. This is going to be fun! You’ve got this.
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