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22nd April 2023
The week before your wedding can be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking times of your life. With so much to do, the last minute trips to Southall, and so many emotions running high, it’s important to take some time to relax and prepare for the big day.
Most couples, in hindsight, suggest to not leave anything to the last 2 weeks before the wedding. It’s always better to plan accordingly and not leave anything to the last minute, to avoid any unnecessary stresses.
Here are 11 things you can do the night before your wedding to help you stay calm, collected, and ready to sign on the dotted line.
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for your physical and mental well-being, as well as, for your skin!
A lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. To ensure you get a restful night’s sleep, try to establish a relaxing bedtime routine that helps you wind down and prepare for sleep. This might include taking a warm bath, reading a book, or practicing relaxation techniques.
Again, for your skin, energy levels, and overall health, you want to ensure you are drinking tons of water before your wedding week.
For a bride, the first event in wedding week will likely be the mehndi; where you will be sat for 6-7 hours during the application, so ensure you are well hydrated in advance the week before.
Let’s be honest, your wedding week is going to be filled with delicious samosas, laddoos and jalebi’s, so you’ll want to get your stomach ready for it all!
Choose foods that are high in protein and complex carbohydrates to provide sustained energy throughout the week. Avoid foods that are heavy or greasy, which can lead to digestive discomfort.
Whether it be the gym, yoga, pilates or meditation; do whatever helps you manage stress and anxiety, as these are common emotions leading up to a wedding.
Be sure to indulge in anything that helps you live in the present moment, whether it be by yourself, with your partner, with your friends – anything.
Spending time with loved ones can provide a sense of comfort and support as you prepare for your wedding day. Whether it’s a quiet dinner with your parents or a night out with your bridesmaids or groomsmen, make sure to surround yourself with people who make you feel happy and loved.
Our top tip is to make sure you have enough wedding-free conversations. Make it a rule to stop yourself!
On the topic of relaxation and staying zen, getting a massage or spa treatment can help you relax and unwind before your wedding day. Massage can help reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation, while spa treatments can help you feel pampered and refreshed.
Avoid getting a facial, especially for the first time, the week before your wedding! You don’t want any skin confusion or purging right before.
Onto the money, make sure you are up to date with all payments a few weeks in advance. It’s always one less headache!
Packing your wedding day essentials the week before can help you feel organised and prepared. Make sure to organise (& maybe even label) all your outfits, accessories, shoes, bindis, etc. If you can, ideally carve out a space in your home for all of these items, so you can keep popping over items as you remember them.
If you are having a wedding planner or an event coordinator, be sure to speak to them a few weeks in advance for your last-minute meetings, to ensure everyone is on the same place and everything is finalised from either end.
Make sure you know when and where you need to be at different times throughout the day, and communicate any questions or concerns to your wedding planner or coordinator.
Keep your wedding week itinerary ready & printed, with all your useful information ranging from the supplier contact details, moodboards, timelines, songs list, etc.
Reviewing your wedding day timeline can help you feel confident and prepared for the day ahead.
Keep all of your must-have and worst-case scenario items together in one big bag. Check out our full list of items you need to keep!
On the same line of ensuring you get enough sleep, you want to minimise excess caffeine or alcohol, which might interfere with your sleep schedule, skin & add more nerves.
Ensure that everyone who has been delegated a task is fully aware of what they need to do and where they need to be at any specific times, you don’t want to leave this to the last minute to avoid any confusion or questions the day before.
One of the sweetest ideas is for you to write notes for your partner about how you are feeling. Traditionally, South Asians don’t always have vows, so this is a sweet alternative to put pen to paper about how you feel. It’s a wonderful read for your honeymoon!
If you are wearing a new pair of shoes for your big day, then definitely break them in a few weeks before. The best hack is to wear some fluffy socks and walk around your house in them, to try and make them as comfortable as possible.
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