First, what does it mean to be mindful?
It means to be fully present at the moment while being aware of where we are and what we are doing.
So why being mindful is important?
We leave the present moment when we are anxious or overwhelmed. As a result, we are unable to fully absorb the information, and our brain shuts down, refusing to allow us to distinctly remember the experiences.
How will mindfulness help you on your wedding day?
After months or years of planning, the wedding day comes and goes in an instant! With so much going on, the day passes quickly, with emotions running high and memories becoming hazy.
Considering you will never be able to recreate these special moments, it is in your best interest to mentally prepare and set your intention ahead of time so that you can fully enjoy your special day. As you prepare for the special day you have been dreaming about for so long, setting the intention to practice mindfulness is a wonderful way to center yourself and ensure that you are in the best position to fully appreciate and savor the memories that will come your way.
Make a mental note to remind yourself to be mindful. It could be as simple as if when someone asks you, “How are you doing?” or “Are you excited?” That was the occasion.
Stop. Feel. Listen. Look. Savor that moment right then and there. Because such precious moments will never happen again.
Mindfulness encourages you to be present at the moment rather than allowing the fear of missing out to consume or control you, allowing you to focus on what is most important, which is you and your process of getting ready for that day.
When I got married, someone suggested that I savor the moment because I would forget it. And she was correct; the only times I remember were when I was quiet and took mental notes of my surroundings. On your wedding day, mindfulness can help you take in your surroundings and look around to see who is around you so you can enjoy your loved ones and appreciate those who love you so much and are there to support you.
Set the intention and practice mindfulness days leading up to the wedding. On your wedding day, try to limit your phone use to emergencies only, or delegate any urgent matters to your designated person. Avoid scrolling through social media since it will divert your focus and attention unnecessarily.
While sitting in your makeup chair, close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth and set the intention to fully immerse yourself in the once-in-a-lifetime experience so that you can remember fully how special and beautiful you are!