Remember that old phrase that goes something like: ‘experience is the best teacher’? Well, phrases like that only become important because they happen to be true. Because how could we know what it’s like to be a skydiving instructor unless we’re strapped onto someone and flying through the air? And – a little closer to home – how can we know before the wedding what it’s like to be a bride?
The media and magazine images only present one side of it, but in reality there is more to being a bride than looking like perfection. Don’t get us wrong; we’re not saying the experience of being a bride is a negative one. All we’re implying is that there’s more to the experience than meets the eye.
We’re here to shed light onto what it’s like to be a bride for a day so that you’re not in for any surprises. So bury those magazines for a minute, slip on some metaphoric 3-D vision glasses and let’s get started. Here are 3 things you probably don’t know about what it’s like to be a bride:
You will become like a celebrity
There’s something about seeing a bride in the street that makes everyone stop and stare in a weird sense of wonder. On your wedding day, you are the bride and you have that magical power. Everyone – guests, family and friends alike – will want to be your friend for the day. They’ll want to hug you, kiss you, dance with you and pose with you. For brides who prefer not to be in the spotlight this sudden attention can be a little unnerving. But our advice is to milk it for what it’s worth. It’s not every day you get to be the most special person in the room.
You will be fuelled by adrenalin
Adrenalin is a wonderful thing, don’t you think? Who needs Red Bull when you have natural energy pulsing through your veins? On your big day there will be no need to hype yourself up with energy drinks because you’ll be running on adrenalin alone. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Adrenalin will keep you going the entire night long but when it runs out, reality sets in and you will inevitably find yourself completely and utterly wiped out. Which brings us to our next point…
You will be exhausted
Being a bride for a day is in the same league as running a 3K marathon or giving birth. You may not feel it until after the hype is over, but you will end up exhausted in more ways than one. The adrenalin that is pushing you forward will do a good job at masking it, but sooner or later you will wind up tired beyond words. The other reason for this profound exhaustion lies in the emotional side of things. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and it is an event you spent months preparing for. No wonder when it’s over it all catches up with you. All we can say is thank goodness for honeymoons!
This brings us to the end of our small list of reality checks. Feel free to take what you want out of it and leave behind the rest. Also keep in mind that just because it’s listed here, it doesn’t mean you will experience any or all of what we mentioned. Each bride is different and every situation is different, so you may very well be pleasantly surprised. If, however, you big day arrives and you do feel yourself relating back to these ideas, just remember that it is all normal and many brides will be able to relate. Now slip off those 3D glasses. Your lesson of the real world is over.