After months of planning, last minute errands and making sure every last detail is perfect, it is easy to find yourself stressed when planning a wedding, especially the final days leading up to the big day. Whether your tired, mentally drained or physically exhausted we want to help you ladies out so that you are well rested and mentally prepared for your special day.
We know you have a million and one things on your mind. Is your wedding gown ready? Are the caterers are set? Will the weather be okay? Do your bridesmaids have their gowns fitted and ready? Just to name a few, but we know there are plenty more worries filling your head. So follow this guide and let us help you distress and feel completely ready for your wedding, as you should be because it is your day!
Start these tips a few weeks before the wedding to ensure that you feel ready, relaxed and calm for your wedding day. We know you are busy but try to find time between your gown fitting or cake testing to fit in some time for you.
1. Relax. We know how much time and effort goes into planning a wedding but do not forget to relax and have some alone time with your loved one. If you have had a long day at work or a long day of wedding planning, turn the TV off, put on some soft music and have a glass of wine with your fiancé.
Researchers have found that getting a massage once a week before your wedding can greatly reduce stress, both mentally and physically. If you want to go for general relaxation, go for a Swedish massage. If you are extremely tense, go for a Deep Tissue to really get in there and work your muscles. Massages can be pretty pricey so even if you get a couple before your wedding that is fine too or even check out local massage therapists and see if there are any deals for brides.
3. Yoga and Meditation.
Whether you take yoga classes or do an at-home DVD, find time to practice yoga a month before the wedding to relax your mind and body. Much research has been done and studies show that yoga boosts confidence and balance, plus you will tone your muscles so you will look fabulous in your wedding dress! While you are practicing yoga, try to do 10 minutes of meditation either before or after to distress and center yourself. Your day will be incredibly less stressful.
4. Have fun.
Take a couple hours out of your wedding planning and go hit the beach or do a fun activity with a friend or your loved one. Get some good laughs in and just have fun!
5. Talk to a girlfriend.
Give a good girlfriend a call, this will help reduce stress and a great time to catch up and be silly.
Every bride wants to feel great on her wedding day but you do not necessarily have to go to the gym, unless you want to. Take a long power walk, take a hike or go for a bike ride; any form of exercise or movement will help clear you and strengthen your body. Take your hubby with you on your work out. This way you both break a sweat while spending time together.
7. Hold hands.
Hold hands with your loved one, studies have shown that holding hands reduces stress levels.
8. Explore nature.
Being outdoors and in nature can lower your heart rate and relax you. Plus you will get some exercise out of it!
Take some time out of your day to read. A book is a great way to take your mind off of things and transport you into another world. If you read at night, it will help you take your mind off the worries of that day and you will sleep better.
10. Essential oils.
Carry a small bottle of an essential oil, like Lavender, and keep it in your purse. Whenever you feel stressed, just take a sniff. Lavender in particular is known for its calming nature.
11. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake
. A glass of wine at the end of a long day is fine, but try not to drink a lot of alcohol or caffeine, (sorry coffee addicts) a month before your wedding day. Both are known to make you jittery.
Whether you are angry or extremely stressed, just stop, think and breathe for 10 seconds.
Laughing is the best cure for anything. Watch a funny comedy at home with your loved one.
14. Drink lots of water.
It is important to drink plenty of water every day, but really be aware of it weeks before your big day. Being just the slightest bit dehydrated can affect your mood.
There are plenty of stress reducers out there that we did not post, but these are some of the most important ones so take note- they will help! This is supposed to be your day so whenever you are having a small meltdown, remember that everything will be all right in the end. Once the ceremony is over, you can let loose and have fun with your beloved, dancing the night away, socializing, and taking funny pictures in your photo booth. We hope these tips bring tranquility and relaxation.