1. If you already live with your fiance, spend the night before your wedding together. Spending the night together will make you feel much more relaxed and comfortable.
2. Eat a delicious brunch with said fiance. Take some time in the morning together to let it sink in that today is your wedding day and make sure you eat something substantial to prepare for the big day! I had trout and eggs...yummm.
3. Pick a small group of your closest friends and family to help you get ready. Too many people (and too many opinions!) can be overwhelming.
4. Do a first look session with your soon-to-be husband or wife. The only time I felt nervous all day was right before our first look session (which I drove myself to haha). As soon as we turned to see each other I felt completely relaxed.
5. Greet your guests before the ceremony. We were both there to greet our guests as they arrived. It was nice knowing I had already said hello to everyone before the ceremony even started and having both bride and groom greet the guests set the laid-back informal tone of our wedding. Seeing everyone beforehand also made the ceremony feel less like a performance and more like a celebration.
6. Pick a song that makes you feel calm to walk down the aisle to. I walked down the aisle to "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles, which has been my favorite song since I was a little kid. It is also one of my dad's favorite songs so walking down the aisle to it together made us both feel calm and happy.
7. Choose an officiant who you both know well. Our good friend's dad is a judge and did an amazing job of officiating our ceremony. We both know him well and felt very comfortable with him as our officiant.
8. Enjoy every moment. No one cares about the exact right shade of pink for your flowers or if your curls hold up perfectly all night. Your guests just want to see you happy.