Cold Feet? Don’t Just Walk Away.

January 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Wedding Information

Most of us are familiar with the 1999 movie, “Runaway Bride” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It is the story of a young lady given the label of being a runaway bride after leaving several men waiting at the altar due to “getting cold feet.”

Webster’s Dictionary defines cold feet as:

A feeling of worry or doubt that is strong enough to stop you from doing something that you planned to do.

via: Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. 

Getting cold feet is not an uncommon occurrence.


It is fair to say that many people, on their wedding day or in the weeks leading up to it, have occasional periods of doubt over whether they are making the right decision by getting married. We call this having cold feet. While the origin of the term is somewhat ambiguous, most people understand the term.

It is understandable that people get cold feet as they approach their wedding day. Getting married is a pretty momentous event, which has far-reaching implications. Quite often one or both of the engaged parties will suddenly be hit with the realization that they are about to commit to spending the rest of their life with one person. But there is no need to worry, you are likely just experiencing a moment of pre-wedding jitters. It happens to a large percentage of soon to be brides and grooms. Getting cold feet does not mean the marriage is doomed. Indeed, any sportsman will tell you that nervousness is not necessarily a sign of partial or anticipated regret. It is just a natural reaction to the change in circumstances, but it is not a sign to call things off.

One would be remiss though to not mention the fact that there may be a strong reason to take a serious look at your “cold feet.” If there are serious issues such as abuse, addictions, or other major problems, there is likely a good reason to step back and ask yourself if you are headed down the right path.

Getting cold feet is nothing more than a natural reaction to the stress and anticipation of the day. Ask yourself why you are feeling the way you are and if there is nothing significant that needs to be dealt wit, just take a deep breath and keep moving forward. Enjoy your day and love each other as you grow together.

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