When you’re tired, it shows. When you’re stressed, it shows. Your wedding pre-game will determine how you’ll show up on your big day. Here’s how you can prepare yourself.
It’s your big day. You’ve worked hard planning your wedding. Every item on this checklist, you’ve already dealt with. On your big day, let go of the tiny details and delegate any last-minute issues to your wedding planner, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and anyone who can lend a hand.
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That goes without saying that you should delegate these tasks weeks or months before your big day, depending on how big the wedding is.
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It’s going to be a long wedding day – pre-wedding, ceremony, reception, and even an after-party. A lot of people forget to drink water when they’re busy, and you could be one of them. Don’t forget to drink water to stay energized throughout the day. You don’t want to be parched when you’re pouring your heart out during your vows!
Stick to water and tea as much as possible. Avoid sugary drinks to stabilize your energy levels. During the wedding preparations, take sips of cold, flavored water if plain water leaves you wanting more.
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Whatever time your wedding is, you shouldn’t turn up on an empty stomach. It’s a bad idea to stuff yourself too. However, if your wedding is in the evening, you can still afford to eat a heavy breakfast and a light lunch.
Keep light snacks within reach during the wedding preparations. You can even take a small stash of trail mix with you just in case you get hungry in between wedding activities.
Shoes? Check. Wedding bands? Check. Veil? Check. Re-touch kit? Check. The last thing you want to do during wedding preparations is to be looking for stuff that isn't where it's supposed to be. The night before the wedding (or even better, a few nights), make sure everything is within reach.
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Hang your gown with this oh-so-cute Bride Wedding Dress Hanger. Put the shoes in the same room too.
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Even the bridal preparations should be done in style. Get your hair and makeup done in these matching bridesmaid robes. These robes make useful gifts for bridesmaids to re-use after the wedding. It’s also a great way to make your wedding preparation photos look like a fashion editorial too.
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Music is a powerful mood enhancer, so put on your feel-good playlist during the wedding preparation. Put on some RnB if you’re so excited that you want to dance. Play soft, instrumental music if you want a more meditative mood to soothe your nerves. Whatever genre that is, you’ll surely feel the impact of music on your pre-game disposition.
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Wedding preparations disrupt your normal schedule. It’s easy to get consumed by all of it and to forget spending quality time with loved ones. Before you walk down the aisle, find pockets of time to spend with your loved ones who have given their time and support for your big day. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them.
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Don’t forget to take lots of photos during the wedding preparation. Remember, it’s the journey that counts. Savor and enjoy every moment of the pre-wedding activities and document it. Consider hiring an official photographer to take professional shots of you, but take some selfies and raw shots as well. You will treasure these authentic keepsakes for the years to come!
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You’re not just turning a new page in your life; it’s a whole new chapter. Acknowledge and welcome all emotions – excitement, contentment, anxiety – everything! These emotions are reminders of your humanity. When emotions reach an all-time high during the wedding preparation, find your own quiet corner, close your eyes, take deep breaths, and remember that you are marrying your destined lifetime partner. This is one of the most beautiful moments in anyone’s life and you are blessed to be given that opportunity.