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I was terrified of walking down the aisle on my wedding day. As someone who does not like to be the center of attention, the idea of a room full of eyes all focused on me freaked me out. “But everyone there loves you,” advice-givers would say. “No one’s going to be there hoping you trip.” A very valid point, but little consolation nonetheless.
So I can only imagine what princess-to-be Kate Middleton is going through. On April 29, a room of about 1,900 eyes will be trained on her -- not to mention the billions who will likely tune in live to watch the most talked about wedding since Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles 20 years ago.
Middleton herself has even admitted to being nervous, and having been through it myself (though not quite on the same level) I have some friendly, woman-to-woman advice for the bride-to-be: focus.
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What helped me relax, after my dad cracked a joke about making a break for it right before our walk down the aisle, was keeping my eyes trained on my husband-to-be the entire -- and I mean entire -- time. (Not hard to do, given his gorgeous baby blues.) He was remarkably calm and, yes, I was nervous, but staying focused on him and only him kept me calm. Sure, at the altar I never saw my mom cry or the looks on my bridesmaids’ faces, but I don’t regret that. (It helps that our amazing photographer captured it all.)
Because the way I see it, during a day spent with family and friends, plus meeting an entirely new set of each, it was the only 20 minutes in the whole day that I had my husband’s rapt attention, and he mine. And the blissful, relaxed look on his face is something I will remember until death do us part.