Is the Spotlight too Much for You on Your Wedding Day?

Minimize the stress and maximize the fun!

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Being the bride or the groom naturally puts you in the spotlight. If you’re a shy person, this could be a bit of a challenge for you. Being in the limelight could definitely be quite an overwhelming experience for someone who avoids being the center of attention in general. The whole wedding ambiance could definitely give you a strong sense of stage fright!

The idea of marriage and committing oneself to another person for the rest of one’s life is an intimidating thought in itself. Now, imagine having to worry about your image while being the star of the show, as well. 

Some people actually decide to elope and get married alone or among very close family and friends. You don’t really have to settle for such an option and miss out on having a great wedding, just for being a bit shy.  All you need to do is read on and find out how to overcome your anxiety.

Photo by Remon ElMarkiz

Cut down your guest list:

Cut down your wedding guest list and have a small wedding. Familiarize the list and only invite the people closest to you. Choose a simple venue that accommodates a small number of people if you want a cozy, comfortable wedding. 

Have a casual friendly wedding:

Have a more casual type of wedding that is simple and reflects your personality, instead of getting married in a grand hotel that would naturally emphasize a more grandeur ambiance that you’re trying to avoid, and with no doubt, place you in the spotlight.

Venue provided by Royal Lilly Banquets

Wear what makes you comfortable:

Being the bride or the groom does not mean you have to wear something so fancy that makes you feel uncomfortable. Wear what makes you feel the most confident and at the same time, comfortable. 

Keep the getting ready area calm:

Try to stay calm and relaxed on your wedding day. Surround yourself with people that you feel secure and safe around. You don’t need to have a hundred people around in the getting ready area.  Make your own rules!

Photo by Ehab Zakaria

Place your photoshoot before the start of the wedding:

Most people get their wedding photoshoot over with before their wedding celebration starts. This is actually a great way to ease the tension a bit for the party ahead. The shoot will make stepping into the spotlight much easier for you. 

See more: 15 Things You Shouldn't Do on Your Wedding Day

Focus on your partner:

Support and assure one another. Forget the people around you and focus on how lucky you are to be finally getting married to your soulmate. Arrange for a certain area to be your run-to during the wedding whenever things start getting too overwhelming. You can go there to take short breaks from the wedding together to recharge. 

Photo by Hamed Kamel

Pretend you’re enjoying yourself till you do:

Fake it till you actually make it! We are not trying to tell you to pretend that you’re enjoying yourself. If you just try to relax, you’ll eventually realize that you actually are. Yes, you’re gonna have to put on a show at first take away the sudden uneasiness that hits you at the beginning but that’s only until the tension fades and you start letting yourself go.

Entertainment is your outlet:

Arrange for any sort of entertainment to shift away from people’s attention from you. Entertainment at Egyptian weddings varies from belly dancing and go-go dancers to musical bands and celebrity singers. 

Belly Dancer Maris

Skip the traditional acts of the wedding:

Most parts of the wedding place the limelight on the bride and groom. Don’t feel pressured to fall into the same trap. Again, make your own rules! In fact, you could still have an amazing wedding party without all the fuss. 

● Skip the first dance:

It doesn’t matter what people think! If you do not feel like having everyone stare at you as you slowly twirl around with your lover, skip the first dance! Let your guests know that they’re allowed to step in and shake it on the floor WHENEVER. 

● Skip cutting the cake:

How about surrounding your main centerpiece; the wedding cake, with a yummy dessert station that’s open for all, instead of the whole weird cutting the cake moment.

● Skip the “Kosha” and the head table shenanigans: 

Yes, the “Kosha” is indeed a very traditional aspect of any Egyptian wedding! However, lately, a lot of couples are actually skipping the head table concept. Seat yourself with your family and friends and mingle more with the guests!

● Skip the “Zaffa” and the grand entrance:

Again, the “Zaffa” is another ancient tradition. You could minimize the spotlight by either making it a simple zaffa or skiping it altogether. You don’t have to go for the Hollywood style grand entrance. Just enter without a planned entrance and start mingling with people. After that, the party will start and everyone will be invited to the dance floor. 

Photo by Mohamed Atef

Being the bride or the groom naturally puts you in the spotlight. If you’re a shy person, this could be a bit of a challenge for you. Being in the limelight could definitely be quite an overwhelming experience for someone who avoids being the center of attention in general. The whole wedding ambiance could definitely give you a strong sense of stage fright!

The idea of marriage and committing oneself to another person for the rest of one’s life is an intimidating thought in itself. Now, imagine having to worry about your image while being the star of the show, as well. 

Some people actually decide to elope and get married alone or among very close family and friends. You don’t really have to settle for such an option and miss out on having a great wedding, just for being a bit shy.  All you need to do is read on and find out how to overcome your anxiety.

Photo by Remon ElMarkiz

Cut down your guest list:

Cut down your wedding guest list and have a small wedding. Familiarize the list and only invite the people closest to you. Choose a simple venue that accommodates a small number of people if you want a cozy, comfortable wedding. 

Have a casual friendly wedding:

Have a more casual type of wedding that is simple and reflects your personality, instead of getting married in a grand hotel that would naturally emphasize a more grandeur ambiance that you’re trying to avoid, and with no doubt, place you in the spotlight.

Venue provided by Royal Lilly Banquets

Wear what makes you comfortable:

Being the bride or the groom does not mean you have to wear something so fancy that makes you feel uncomfortable. Wear what makes you feel the most confident and at the same time, comfortable. 

Keep the getting ready area calm:

Try to stay calm and relaxed on your wedding day. Surround yourself with people that you feel secure and safe around. You don’t need to have a hundred people around in the getting ready area.  Make your own rules!

Photo by Ehab Zakaria

Place your photoshoot before the start of the wedding:

Most people get their wedding photoshoot over with before their wedding celebration starts. This is actually a great way to ease the tension a bit for the party ahead. The shoot will make stepping into the spotlight much easier for you. 

See more: 15 Things You Shouldn't Do on Your Wedding Day

Focus on your partner:

Support and assure one another. Forget the people around you and focus on how lucky you are to be finally getting married to your soulmate. Arrange for a certain area to be your run-to during the wedding whenever things start getting too overwhelming. You can go there to take short breaks from the wedding together to recharge. 

Photo by Hamed Kamel

Pretend you’re enjoying yourself till you do:

Fake it till you actually make it! We are not trying to tell you to pretend that you’re enjoying yourself. If you just try to relax, you’ll eventually realize that you actually are. Yes, you’re gonna have to put on a show at first take away the sudden uneasiness that hits you at the beginning but that’s only until the tension fades and you start letting yourself go.

Entertainment is your outlet:

Arrange for any sort of entertainment to shift away from people’s attention from you. Entertainment at Egyptian weddings varies from belly dancing and go-go dancers to musical bands and celebrity singers.