The week before your wedding day is bound to be crazy hectic. Your friends and family will be arriving to town. Last minute details will need your attention. People are pulling you in every which direction. And your regular everyday responsibilities won’t go on hold. Here are a few things you can do to ensure you feel minimum stress and maximum joy this week.
Make a List — Check It Twice
Lists are going to be your best friends this week. You’ve probably become quite familiar with lists during your wedding planning journey. But this week, your listing, organizing, and delegating skills will be put to the test.
Start with a general to-do list of all the tasks you need to complete leading up to the big day. Use this as a “thought dump” space and put down any little thing that comes to mind. From there, you can create smaller, more digestible lists. Create separate lists for what you have to do yourself, what is your groom’s responsibility, and what can be delegated to other people.
Have a list of all the items you need to take with you on your wedding day for anything from shoes, dress, veil, jewelry, makeup, etc. Also create an emergency checklist for someone like your wedding planner or maid of honor to use the day of to ensure every last detail is executed.
A timeline or itinerary will also be helpful to the busy people working around you to make your day perfect. A timeline will put your mind at ease knowing everyone is on the same page.
Make sure your final payments to the venue, photographer, caterers, etc. are all ready to go. Nothing stops the fun like someone asking the bride and groom for money on their wedding day. Delegate a trusted friend to deliver the checks and tips when appropriate.
Take Care of Your Work and Home Life
Your lists won’t cover wedding details exclusively. As much as it feels like it should, life does not stop on your wedding day. Work moves on, the house gathers dust, and pets need care. Use lists and the help of colleagues to make sure your work is squared away. You don’t want the added stress of a miscommunication at work on your shoulders.
Home will also be waiting for you after the honeymoon is over. And nothing kills honeymoon vibes like opening the door to a messy home. Feel free to phone a friend for help — you have every excuse to call in favors this week. Make sure someone is set to care for your pets and plants, try to get your house chores under control as much as possible, and use these eco-friendly and chemical-free cleaning tips to give the kitchen and bathroom a good wipedown before you go. A clean house might not seem like a priority right now, but you’ll appreciate the effort once you arrive back home.
Make Personal Wellness a Priority
Before you get too carried away with to-do lists and house cleaning, make sure to pencil in a little time for yourself. Getting enough sleep is crucial. It might be impossible to get a full 8 hours the night before your wedding day so try to sleep it up the week leading to.
Sleep deprived people appear less healthy than those well rested, and that just won’t do for your wedding pictures! If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try natural sleep remedies like yoga, a warm bath, or herbal tea.
Of course, a healthy diet and plenty of water are also crucial if you want to look your best on your wedding day. What’s more, you want to feel your absolute best this week. Try to avoid sugary drinks and processed foods. Eat lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins so you’ll be glowing from the inside out.
Also, try to save alcohol for the really special occasions like toasts at your rehearsal dinner and, of course, the day of your wedding. A little self-control this week will pay off when it all goes out the window later. Don’t forget, your honeymoon is not the time to count calories and limit your indulgences. If you can do so now, you’ll thank yourself while sipping margaritas on the beach. In addition, please read up on what a thrombocyte is by clicking the link in the text.
Treat Yourself Nice
Don’t get too strict with yourself and certainly don’t beat yourself up over a little slip-up. Although eating right and sleeping well will help minimize your stress levels and make you feel happier, it’ll do the opposite if you totally deprive yourself and cause suffering. Just be kind to yourself and do what feels right.
While you might be “sweating for the wedding,” you can take a rest this week. There’s no need to wake up for that 5 a.m workout unless that’s what makes you happy. Do try to take some personal time for a relaxing exercise like yoga with your friend or taking your dog for a walk.
There’s a lot going on the week leading up to your wedding and it can be easy to get wrapped up in the stress of it all. Remember, this is a once in a lifetime experience for you. Make lists to get stresses off your mind, ask for help, and take care of yourself. Then, get ready to walk down the aisle in style. It’s your day, enjoy every second of it.