10 ways to make sure you enjoy your wedding day – and the final preparations
It’s one month to my wedding day. The skin around my finger nails is raw, I am liable to get stressed if asked what I’m having for lunch, suddenly get overwhelmed at all the things that need to be done, people called, emails sent, final purchases bought.
‘Enjoy the lead-up to your wedding day,’ everyone keeps saying. ‘Seriously, enjoy it. And remember, on the day, enjoy it. And don’t expect everything to be perfect, and don’t worry if things go wrong, because they will.’
As if often the case, that is easier said than done. So, for any brides-to-be that are ripping the skin from their fingers and shouting at their beloveds, here are 10 ways to – CALM DOWN!
1. Don’t take everything so seriously. So many decisions, so much energy and so many hours spent mean that the stakes get higher and higher – but remember that it’s a day of fun for you and Mr Hubby and your loved ones.
2. If you haven’t already, enlist the help of others with some of the finer details/errands.
3. Adopt a mantra. Whatever it is that’s stressing you out, take a moment and think it out. My stress-twinger is our hefty number of guests, so my new mantra is just to think ‘my big fat Spanish wedding’. Suddenly it’s all better.
4. Get a massage or a facial ahead of the big day, to help relax and feel good. Or get both.
5. Have breakfast on The Day. Don’t turn down everything offered with a wave and ‘I’m not hungry’ – because you will be! And just remember – you want to enjoy that champagne… Scrambled eggs?
6. Wear a dressing gown or shirt dress when getting your hair and make-up done – you don’t want to pull a top over that new look as soon as it’s finished.
7. Give your phone to one of your bridesmaids. You don’t want to be taking all those – where?/what time?/how? calls.
8. Whether you wanted to get fit, lose weight or grow a couple of inches taller for your wedding day, whatever you do will be great. At the end of the day, you’re you and everyone loves you just as you are.
9. Of course you have to share the love on the big day, but don’t forget to spend time with your parents, your sister and your one-year-old niece (OK that’s specific to me, but you get the idea…). And more importantly, don’t forget to have some time with new hubby. Catch up on the day so far, and share your moment together.
10. Everyone is right. Have a relaxed attitude, take it easy, breathe… in the lead-up and on the big day. Basically, breathe.