Cold Feet: BRIDES Magazine Offers Expert Advice on Wedding Day Jitters

September/October 2005 issue of BRIDES magazine

On newsstands July 15, 2005 nationwide

Jul 13, 2005, 01:00 ET from BRIDES magazine

    NEW YORK, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- BRIDES magazine September/October 2005
 special issue Marrying at 20, 30, 40 addresses the phenomenon of cold feet and
 helps brides-to be determine if the jitters they feel are normal or a symptom
 of something more serious. The issue offers brides examples of commonplace
 angst plus advice on recognizing when its time to call off the wedding.
     BRIDES magazine Editor in Chief Millie Martini Bratten says "Jennifer
 Wilbanks the so called runaway bride brought to light some of the anxiety a
 bride-to-be may feel about her upcoming wedding.  Feeling nervous is normal,
 but it's important to recognize when nerves are overshadowing happiness.  It's
 far less painful to break an engagement that it is to dissolve a marriage."
     BRIDES magazine and New York psychiatrist John W. Jacobs MD offers the
 following advice to nervous brides when evaluating their feelings:
      > Persistent doubt about a conflict between you and your fiance
      > Being withdrawn or grumpy.  This can indicate second thoughts that you
        are not articulating
      > Indecision about choosing a date, location etc
      > Lack of Interest in wedding planning
      > Can you resolve your difference?
      > Have you sowed your wild oats?
      > Are you stressed about the wedding or about the marriage itself?
      > Start counseling as early in the planning stages as possible - before
        the invitations are ordered
     If a bride-to-be identifies her feelings and realizes her frozen feet
 cannot be thawed, BRIDES magazine recommends the following on breaking the
 news and tips on how to undo the "I do's."
      > Tell the fiance the news in private and with all the kindness and
        humility you can muster.  Give as much detail as possible without
        placing blame for the break-up, even if you think it's his fault.
      > Let your parents know.  Explain your actions and give them as many
        concrete examples as possible.
      > The rest of the world is not your problem.  If you constantly try to
        meet the expectations of others, you'll lose control over your own
      > Officiant - Call and explaining the situation personally.
      > Florist, caterer etc- Check your contract to see if it offers refunds.
      > Bridal party - You call the girls; he calls the guys.
      > Guests - If there's enough time send out a printed card announcing the
        news.  If it is short notice guests should be called and personally
        told the news.  No emailing or leaving messages
      > Wedding announcements - Phone the local paper to cancel it.  If you
        can't reach someone, send an email and ask for a confirmation.
      > Gifts - Send the gifts back with a short note of thanks.  No other
        explanation is necessary other than "the wedding has been cancelled."
     The September/October 2005 issue of BRIDES magazine is available on
 newsstands on July 15, 2005.  For more information log on to
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 the Fairchild Bridal Group.