Are you a little nervous about walking down the aisle and saying “I Do” in front of a big group of people? You’re not alone. Although you’ve prepped and planned to be the center of attention for a day, it can still be stressful having all eyes on you during the ceremony. So it’s normal that there might be a few things you forget to do. We’ve come up with seven we think are pretty important, so keep them on your radar during the vows so you can truly enjoy the ceremony from start to finish.
1. Smile. It can be intimidating standing on the aisle all eyes are on you (and only you). The last thing you want is to look like a deer caught in headlights (this would not make for a nice photo). So take a deep breath, smile and remember that everyone there is present because they’re so happy for you.
2. Look at the groom while walking down the aisle. Trust us, you want to see your groom’s reaction the first time he sees you in your. wedding dress. It is an emotional moment for many couples that they always treasure.
3. Take your time walking down the aisle. In your rush to get to your groom, it can be easy to bolt down the aisle at record speed (one bride we know got down the aisle so fast the musicians had to stop playing mid-song). Try to take your time working your way to the altar to really make eye contact with your groom, look at your guests and savor the moment.
4. Listen to your vows. In your distraction to remember what you have to say during the vows, you might not be paying attention to the sweet words your groom wants to declare to you during the ceremony. If you’ve written your own vows and worried you’ll forget what to say, write them down and have your MOH hold onto it until it’s your turn to speak.
5. Pay attention to the officiant. The officiant likely has some wisdom to share for the both of you, so be sure to listen to his or her words carefully–not just the parts you need to respond to!
6. Hold your groom’s hand. You don’t have to wait until the ring exchange to grab your groom’s hand. Feel free to hold onto it during the entire ceremony–it might even help calm those nerves.
7. Take back your bouquet. Once your pronounced man and wife and ready to head back up the aisle, don’t forget to grab your bouquet back so it’s in those wedding shots.
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[Photo: Erich McVey]