Everybody knows that the bride is always the most beautiful person in the room.
Maybe it’s the excitement of starting a new chapter of her life that brings an undeniable glow to her face. But we also know that planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful—so much so that some blushing brides have been spotted transforming into a bridezilla instead!
The bridezilla is not an urban legend. She is real and can sneak up on you when you least expect it. So we asked married couples, especially brides, for advice on how to keep their inner monsters at bay on their big day.
6 Ways to Keep Your Inner Bridezilla at Bay
1. Get a good wedding planner!
This is, hands-down, the most popular advice from wed couples. Wedding planners will free you from the details of following up suppliers, especially on your big day. There are also plenty of options to choose from so it can be easy to get one, no matter what your budget. And once you do get planners, learn to delegate and trust them!
“I would say get a trustworthy team who knows you well so they would oversee things the way you and your husband would.” – Dessie, married in 2013
“If you have a planner and are having trouble sleeping the night before your wedding, ask them to assure you that everything is already set. Assurance might help a bit.” – MP, married in 2012
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
This is the first and only time you’ll ever get married—which means you’re not an expert. Even if you have the best suppliers, there’s still a chance not everything will be PERFECT. But our brides are unanimous in saying, “Don’t sweat!” Just let go.
“If things don’t go as planned—like when the driver takes you to the reception instead of the church or if the priest leaves before telling the groom to kiss the bride—just let them be! Always leave room to deviate from your plans.” – Clarissa, married in 2014
“Be mature enough to know when to let go and trust that, after all the planning, things just fall into place.” – Yve, married in 2011
“Choose to be happy and enjoy your day instead. I wont forget what our priest told us: The suppliers will have more weddings [and can improve on their mistakes], but we will only have one.” —Vanessa, married in 2015
“Your guests are not gonna be there to inspect the nitty gritty details of the wedding—they’re there to celebrate with you on your special day. Also, the day goes by so quickly—savor every minute of it!” – Justine, married in 2015
3. Wear comfy shoes—then kick them off later!
Wearing painful shoes is a surefire way to trigger a bridezilla transformation in a matter of hours. So if you absolutely have to wear the stilettos, break them in at least a month before the big day. And if that still doesn’t work—just kick them off! We mean this both literally and figuratively. Let loose, savor the moment, and decide to have fun, no matter what!
“Don’t think too much on your big day. Feel pretty inside and out! And please wear comfortable shoes! Mas madaling um-aura pag di masakit ang paa.” – Kates, married in 2016
“The wedding day will happen and before you know it, it’s over… So treasure every moment! Basta, ako, I just kept on grinning that day! High lang ang peg!” – Erika, married
“I remember being stuck in EDSA traffic on the way to church but we laughed it off, turned up the radio and sang our hearts out. Arrived 5 mins before the ceremony. If I had stressed about the traffic then I wouldn’t look as happy as I was when I walked down the aisle.” – Marga, married
4. Keep in touch with your future spouse
It’s easy to get caught up in all the wedding preparations. This is the day many of us have been looking forward to for our whole lives, after all! But since you’re preparing for happily ever after with another person, it’s also important to not let the prep take over your relationship. Remember to go on a date with your groom! True love’s kiss will surely transform your bridezilla into a princess before the clock strikes twelve.
“Despite your hectic schedule due to wedding preps, take time to date your future hubby. Eat, laugh, and have fun! In that way, you will be relaxed and you’ll be more excited for the big day.” – Kates
“Communicate with your fiance! I wasn’t able to sleep before my wedding day because my husband was still out with the boys, his phone was turned off, and he arrived home at 4am. The wedding was at 8am. (Totoong it’s not the wedding that you have to prepare for—but life after! LOL.)” – Mia
5. Do whatever you need to relax
We all have different ways of relaxing—for some, it’s getting a massage or hanging out with our closest friends on the day before the wedding. For others, it’s reviewing the seat plan or keeping track of your budget. In the end, you know yourself best so feel free to do whatever it takes to keep your nerves calm and bridezilla out of sight!
“Planning a wedding that’s beyond your means will surely cause unnecessary stress. So do not go into debt for a wedding!” – Rochelle, married”
“Planning a wedding that’s beyond your means will surely cause unnecessary stress. So do not go into debt for a wedding!” - Rochelle, marriedClick To Tweet
“I find it helps to be organized and to keep track of my budget, schedules, etc. So when I was frazzled during preparations, I just referred to my Excel file to check what things need to be done.” – Vanessa
“I asked one of the coordinators to be near me during my wedding day. So when I saw something that wasn’t right, I didn’t always feel helpless and I could call her attention so they could fix it.” – Chariza, married in 2016
6. Focus on the sacrament and the spouse
When worse comes to worst, there’s still a surefire way to keep hold of your inner bridezilla: keep your eyes on your future spouse! Remember that today is not just a wedding but a marriage of two individuals so that they will, from this day forward, become one.
“Let go of the wedding details. Where will you turn your gaze instead? On the person you will marry. Focus on him.” – Kristine, married
“3S’s: Focus on Sacrament, Leave it to Suppliers, and count on your Supporters (friends and family who’ll do everything to make your day perfect).” – Kirby, married
“Do not think that if one thing fails, you will not get your fairytale ending. Every wedding has its own God-given story. Your wedding will always be great because what matters most is the sacrament, you as a couple, and the people present to witness that day. People won’t care if the tablecloth doesn’t match with the chair ribbons!” – Chelo, married
Remember, it’s your party so you can cry if you want to. But then you might mess up your mascara. So de-stress instead! We hope that following these tried and tested tips from real-life brides will help you banish your bridezilla blues!