Contributed by Laurie Larson
Your wedding day should be one of the most fun, exciting, and memorable days of your life. You only get one after all.
With all the pressure to get it right, it’s no wonder you’re stressed out. Planning the biggest party of your life comes with a long list of concerns. You have one million things to plan and organize and you worry about all the small things that could go wrong. It’s scary stuff.
But the last thing you want to be on your wedding day is scared and stressed. On the day that you commit to the love of your life, you want to be laid back and enjoy the ride. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but with these five tips you’ll be on your way to making your wedding day a breeze.
Don’t pressure yourself about a weight loss.
I get it, you want to look great on your wedding day, and your definition of “great” is having a tighter waistline. For one thing, this isn’t something you should be worrying yourself over anyways as beauty is not merely skin deep, but we aren’t here to judge you on your weight loss goals. There’s nothing necessarily wrong about wanting to lose some
I get it, you want to look great on your wedding day, and your definition of “great” is having a tighter waistline. For one thing, this isn’t something you should be worrying yourself over anyways as beauty is not merely skin deep, but we aren’t here to judge you on your weight loss goals. There’s nothing necessarily wrong about wanting to lose some, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Starting a healthy diet plan leading up to your wedding day isn’t a bad idea, but if you put an insane amount of pressure on yourself to lose an unreasonable amount of weight you’ll only be disappointed. Be sure the goals you’re setting for yourself are reasonable, attainable, and given plenty of time.
If you’re turning to crash diets at the last minute, you’ll suffer even worse. A crash diet will only make you do exactly what it says: Crash. You’ll turn into a bridezilla if you dramatically alter your diet and deprive your body of proper nutrients. Plus, you’ll be exhausted. Which leads us to our next point…
- Stop skimping on your rest
Sacrificing your sleep is never worth it. All the late nights of trying to plan everything down to the last detail will quickly add up and harm your health. The long-term effects of sleep deprivation are downright frightening, and the short-term ones can dramatically affect your mood, worsening your stress. More stress = even less sleep. It’s a vicious cycle.
No one wants to get married on an empty stomach or with an exhausted body. Take your sleep seriously leading up to your wedding so you can stay properly rested. Start a wind down routine to help you peacefully relax in the evenings. Maintain healthy habits in your lifestyle by eating healthy and working out so sleep comes easily. Eliminate any obstacle that get in your way like light pollution, a bed that causes you discomfort, or bedding that sleeps too hot for comfort. Keep in mind you’ll be sharing your sleeping environment with your spouse pretty soon, so you’ll want to make sure you have your quality sleep secured before allowing someone else in.
- Plan your beauty routine early
One big source stress comes from being under-prepared. When it comes to your beauty routine, you shouldn’t mess around. You’ll want to start planning early, have several test runs, and make sure you’re sticking to the right track. Let’s break it down.
Start by looking for inspiration to figure out your styling preferences, and then go out and find the person who can make it all happen. Once you do that, start really planning.
At least nine months before your wedding, you should plan a color and cut appointment. Then follow up with styling trials six months out and finalize it one month out. Start testing your makeup routine out with your consultant at least six months before your big day. To make everyone’s life easier, try to schedule the same person to do your hair and makeup so you can group these appointments.
- Ask for help… and lots of it!
Remember, it’s always okay to ask for help. Just because it’s your big day doesn’t mean all the responsibility has to fall on your shoulders. Besides, that’s what you have a wedding party for!
Don’t wait until it all starts feeling like too much. Start delegating tasks early. Ask for help with invitations, making centerpieces, writing out name cards, scheduling your vendors, and everything between. If you find that you really have no idea what you’re doing, it may be best to hire a wedding planner to help you get it all done.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
You have two choices: you can think about all of the things that could go wrong or you could think about all the things that could go right. This is old school glass-half-full mentality, ladies.
Rather than stressing yourself out and staying in a negative mind space, allow yourself to let go of the negativities and be excited. Besides, in 10 years will you remember that one awkward moment where you realize you sat two people at a table together who you shouldn’t have, or will you be thinking about that magical first kiss as a married couple? Stop stressing about the minor things that won’t matter and you’ll free yourself of your worries.