Dos and Don’ts the Day Before Your Wedding
One thing that surprised me so much was how truly stressful the day before my wedding was. At one point I was so overwhelmed that I thought I had lost my purse and was freaking out when someone pointed out that it was on my body (cross body strap). Bride brain sucks so here are some tips on how to limit the stress the day before you wedding.
- Don’t Travel- If you aren’t getting married close to home, don’t use the day before your wedding to travel to the site, even if it’s just a couple of hours drive. You will be very stressed and have so much to think about and coordinate that travelling and getting settled at the hotel will only add to the commotion.
- Do Plan Enough Time For Your Rehearsal- What should take 20 minutes will take 60 or more. You want to make sure you have a big enough buffer to account for the rehearsal running late and time to travel from the rehearsal location to the dinner. You don’t want to be rushed during this time.
- Do Designate a Point Person- You’ll want to appoint your most responsible friend or family member to assist in herding people around and organizing them during the rehearsal.
- Do Self-Care- Self-care is a buzzword these days, but it’s a truly crucial thing that must be practiced consistently to curb the effects of stress. And the day before you wedding, you will be stressed. Stress doesn’t always mean bad- but it still impacts our nervous system and can cause us to feel harried and rattled. If your go to is meditation, yoga, a walk, journaling… make sure you keep it up the day before your wedding. You’ll need those 15 or so minutes of calm and peace to keep you centered.
- Don’t Drink Too Much- Enjoy your rehearsal dinner, but try to be mindful of your alcohol consumption. You don’t want to wake up with a hangover on your wedding day.
- Don’t Over Schedule- Don’t try to pack too many events into the day before you get married. Only do what is essential. I wish I had left more free time for peace so I didn’t feel like I was sprinting from one event to the next. I had my final fitting (do this at least a couple weeks before the big day!), bridesmaids lunch, final meeting with the event staffer, rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. This may not seem like a lot, but things run late, it takes time to travel to the different events, and the stress will find you. Keep it open and breezy this day.
I hope these tips help you to create the most peaceful time possible on the days before your wedding. It’s such an exciting yet overwhelming time. Knowing what to expect and plan for can make a huge difference in your experience.