The week before your wedding is likely to be one of the most exciting of your life. Despite your diligent planning, it is also likely to be one of the most stressful. However, with a little help, you can significantly reduce your stress load and enjoy more of the time leading up to your big day.
What help? This help! Read on and learn what you need to do the week before your wedding to ensure a more memorable, less hectic day.
1. Touch Base With Your Vendors
You may have confirmed your vendors months ago, but now is a good time to call or email them and make sure everyone understands the game plans so your wedding can run smoothly.
Make sure your caterer or reception venue has a head count. Be sure you’ve included any extra people who will need a meal, like band members, a DJ or a photographer.
Make sure your venue contact person has a comprehensive list of the requests from vendors. Your DJ may need a table, or your band may need extra extension cords. These are all important elements of the big day that are easy to overlook.
2. Take Care of Business
You don’t want to be thinking about paying for your vendors and services on your wedding day. This is why it’s important to assign people in your wedding party or close circle of family and friends to take care of payment. Have any cheques ready before.
Also, make sure your go-to guy or gal has been introduced to your vendor manager so that they can communicate directly, instead of having to go through you.
3. Dress Prep
Your wedding dress may have been in your closet for weeks or even months, but chances are, it will need some TLC before it makes its debut. Arrange to have it steamed during the last few days before the wedding, and don’t try it on again until your ready to walk down the aisle! (Or it will just crease again!) After it’s steamed, store it in a garment bag in a room away from pets and children.
4. Get Beautified
Not all of your brideification can be done on the day of the wedding. There are only so many hours in the day, after all! While hair and makeup will have to wait until the last minute, mani-pedis, facial treatments and skin care can be (and really, should be) done in the days leading up to the big event. Especially when it comes to facials and masks, you don’t want to do these treatments on the big day since they can bring oils out of your skin. Self-tanning the day of could also stain your dress. Do these treatments or have them done a couple days prior, and you’ll look radiant when the day arrives.
This is the perhaps the most important thing you will do in the week before your wedding. While drinking a bottle of wine may relax you, it will also dry out your skin, make you bloated, and ultimately, result in yoru being less productive and focussed. Not what most brides want. Instead, aim for guilt-free stress relief. Strap on your hiking boots and take to the trails. Slip into your best yoga pants and take a class. Go for a run. Unwind healthfully and mindfully and you’ll look and feel your best on your big day!
Contributed by Eva Forde