Make the most of your wedding day! Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most significant moments of your life. It’s a day filled with love, joy, and celebration. However, amidst the whirlwind of activities, it’s easy for brides and grooms to get caught up in the stress and chaos, and before they know it, the day has passed in a blur. You’ll likely hear from a number of people that your wedding day will go by so far, and they aren’t wrong. But fear not! With a little mindfulness and intentionality, you can ensure that you not only enjoy and take in every moment, but also create lasting memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Here’s how to make the most of your wedding day by slowing down, taking it all in, and truly living in the moment while having the time of your life!

Bride and groom standing on lawn in dark with light behind them and rain drops

Darren Burnett Film & Photo

Start with a Mindful Morning: Begin your day with a moment of calm and reflection. Whether it’s through meditation, deep breathing exercises, journaling, a light walk or simply enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, take some time for yourself before the day’s activities begin. It’s highly unlikely you’ll get another opportunity for the remainder of the day, so build some time into your preparations where you can take time for yourself and start the day calmly. This will help set a positive and peaceful tone for the rest of the day.

Stay Present: It’s natural for your mind to focus on so many different things on your wedding day – excitement about the plans to unfold, maybe some nerves, hoping it all goes to plan but make a conscious effort to really stay present. At this point, your plans are in place and things are underway (that’s what your vendors are for!). Maybe even dedicate a person who will be the “go-to” person during your preparations so you are able to fully enjoy the getting ready process. Focus on the sights, sounds, and emotions surrounding you. Take mental snapshots of special moments throughout the day, from getting ready with your bridal party to exchanging vows with your partner.

Delegate Tasks: Trying to handle every little detail yourself can lead to unnecessary stress and distraction. Delegate tasks to trusted friends, family members, or wedding planners so you can fully immerse yourself in the experience without worrying about the logistics. This is where your wedding vendors really come into play and ensuring you’ve chosen well will prove to be so worthwhile when it comes to your actual wedding day.

Schedule Moments of Intimacy: The irony of your wedding day is that you and partner don’t actually get to spend a lot of time together just the two of you! Amidst the hustle and bustle of the day, carve out moments for the two of you to just be together, take it all in and celebrate the fact you just got married! Sneak away for a quiet walk together, take 10 minutes to enjoy a drink together, swap favourite parts of the day so far, essentially anything that allows you a few minutes to stop, breathe and savour the most amazing day you are experiencing.

Practice Gratitude: Take time throughout the day to express gratitude for the love and support surrounding you. Whether it’s thanking your parents for their guidance, acknowledging your partner for their unwavering love, or simply appreciating the presence of friends and family, gratitude can help you stay grounded and appreciative of the blessings in your life.

Take Mental Breaks: For many people, the thought of the spotlight being on them the whole day is overwhelming and slightly scary! It is more than ok to plan your day with this in mind and ensuring you have ways of making sure you are feeling comfortable and calm. It’s okay to step away from the crowd and take a moment for yourself if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Find a quiet corner where you can collect your thoughts, take a few deep breaths, and recenter yourself before rejoining the festivities. Make sure your trusted vendors and bridal party are aware of this and can help you sneak away and chill out for a minutes to bring yourself back to calm.

Embrace Imperfection: No wedding day is perfect, and that’s okay! Embrace the unexpected moments, whether it’s a sudden rain shower or a minor mishap with the cake. These imperfections add character to your wedding day story and become cherished memories in their own right. Expecting everything to go 100% to plan is setting yourself up for disappointment. Your amazing team of wedding vendors are there to ensure your day runs smoothly and things are taken care of, so trust in their expertise and know that any little mishaps will be taken care of with ease – and perhaps without you even knowing!

End the Day Mindfully: As the day comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on the whirlwind of emotions and experiences you’ve shared. Whether it’s during a quiet moment alone with your partner or surrounded by loved ones on the dance floor, savor the final moments of your wedding day before you embark on the next chapter of your lives together.

Make sure your wedding day is not just a blur of activity, but a truly memorable and meaningful experience that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Slow down, take a deep breath, and soak in every moment of this magical day. Want the magic to unfold at Waipuna? Go check out our wedding packages, and then book a viewing to come and have a look around our incredible venue.