T-minus one week - our stress-free guide to the final countdown
For some brides, the biggest thrill of wedding week is the fact that wedding planning is over! But don't get too excited just yet - you still have a few loose ends to tie up. But there are steps you can take to maximize your relaxation and enjoyment on the big day. We've got you covered with the ultimate wedding-week checklist.
The week of your wedding
Above and beyond anything else, prioritize decent sleep and good nutrition the week before your wedding. Then focus on the following:
- Tie up any loose ends with your vendors by making final payments and discussing last-minute plans.
- Get a wedding-day gift for your partner.
- Plan your toast, if you're doing one.
- Get a manicure and pedicure, as well as any other beauty treatments you have planned. (Top tip: schedule skin treatments for early in the week so your skin has time to recover if you have a bad reaction! But minimize the chances by going to a salon you've used before for a treatment you've already tried.)
- Pack for your honeymoon, gather your passports, and print out your vacation plans.
- Gather everything you'll nee for your wedding into one place.
- Practise saying your vows.
- Go on at least one date with your fiancé.
- Spend some time relaxing with your bridal party. Doing so can calm even the most frazzled nerves.
The night before
Now is not the time to make big decisions or sudden changes to your wedding itinerary. Instead, you should spend this time reflecting on the big day - and getting plenty of extra shuteye. Make sure to do all of the following:
- Nail down any final details of your wedding day itinerary.
- Gather your partner's ring, your vows and any other supplies you'll need for the wedding.
- Ask any last-minute questions about planning or scheduling at your wedding rehearsal.
- Give your parents a big hug; this can be a day full of mixed emotions for them.
- Do something nice for your fiancé; it will get you both in the right frame of mind for the big day.
The day of your wedding
You should not plan on tackling any major items on your to-do list on this day. Instead, the focus should be on pure and simple enjoyment, but doing the following will make it easier to enjoy the day:
- Eat a big breakfast and continuing eating every chance you get throughout the day. You don't want to faint at the altar!
- Take a water break every hour so your skin looks lush and hydrated.
- Spend a few minutes with your wedding party and be sure to thank them for all they've done.
- Sneak away with your honey for a few minutes after the wedding.
- Take lots of deep breaths.
- Schedule 20 minutes to sit down and enjoy your wedding meal; some brides never get a bite of the meal they've so carefully planned.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and a break. Then find ways to break everything down into smaller steps so that they feel more manageable. Remember that the stress of wedding planning lasts only a brief while, but your marriage will last a lifetime.