Do finish all DIY projects well in advance
While DIY projects are in style right now, they can be a bit of a burden. If you are a procrastinator, be DIY beware – these little cutesy projects can turn into small demons, leaving you frazzled and burnt out the week of your wedding. And while your bridesmaids would probably love to help you, they won’t appreciate the last-minute frantic phone call begging for backup two days before your wedding.
The best time to finish your DIY projects is 30 days before your wedding but at the very least, shoot for 2 weeks in advance. Only start one project at a time, and stay focused on the DIY items you can’t live without (i.e – place cards, table numbers, seating chart, etc). These are items that are vital to the function of your wedding. Leave the decorative items until last. That way, if you don’t get to them, you can always call your florist and have them add a few more arrangements (just don’t call a few days in advance – call a few weeks ahead!). Sometimes, it’s worth spending a little bit extra to reduce the hassle and stress.
Do spend time together
One of the biggest mistakes couples make is not taking the time to be with one another the week before the wedding because they think they’ll be able to see each other as much as they want on their wedding day. If you aren’t doing a traditional wedding reveal, this might be true if you’re getting ready together, but the majority of couples either opt for doing a first look or see each other for the first time when walking down the aisle.
If your ceremony is at 4 p.m., you probably won’t see each other until 1 p.m. at the earliest to do a first look, and by that point, you’re surrounded by photographers, bridal party members and family. Your wedding will fly by in an instant, but you won’t really have spent any time with your sweetheart in private.
Take a day trip the week leading up to your wedding or go for a simple walk in the park near your house together every evening. With many opportunities for interesting at-home vacations, you can try something new if you’d like (see the lists of “don’ts” below first) and all without spending more money. Investing just thirty minutes of time into your soon-to-be husband or wife will calm your nerves and forge an even stronger bond.
Do drink lots of water
Hydrating yourself is a sure-fire way to keep yourself looking and feeling better from the inside out! If you’re thirsty, dehydration has already set in. In order to keep dehydration at bay before your wedding day, keep a refillable water bottle on you at all times starting 2 weeks before the wedding. When you’re tired, instead of reaching for a latte, grab a glass of water. It will wake you up without the caffeine buzz.
When you drink more water, your skin will look brighter and fuller, and it can even curb your appetite if you drink 16 ounces before eating. Try to keep this habit up after the wedding, too!
Do practice posing for photographs
Posing in the mirror sounds super-corny, but it will help you look your best on your wedding day! Most photographers have an eye for posing, but it will help if you know how to move your body in a natural way without looking too rigid. Practice chin up and chin down poses and different ways to tilt and turn your head.
Do pack an emergency kit for the day-of
Truth be told, things do go wrong on the wedding day. Pack an emergency kit in advance of the wedding to ensure no button will be out of place and no deodorant smudges on a dress will be seen! Print out a checklist to ensure you don’t miss any important items.
Don’t go tanning or use any new skin products
The month leading up to your wedding is not a good time to experiment with new skin products. This list includes tanning sprays, makeup and any lotion or wash. Stick with what you know! If you’re having your makeup professionally done, make sure you have your trial at least a month in advance of the wedding to see if you love the look or if you’re allergic to anything.
Don’t cram everything in the day before the wedding
It may seem like the day before the wedding is a perfect day to get your nails done, have a massage, pack for the honeymoon, and do several other last-minute things. But let’s be honest: they’re only last minute because you made them last minute! Schedule a few things ahead, like packing for your trip or organizing all of your wedding décor. Make the day before your wedding for your relaxation.
Don’t work the day or two before your wedding at least
Nothing can get under your skin faster than work drama. While you don’t ever really need it in your life, you certainly don’t need it a day or two before your wedding. If you can swing it, try to take off the week of your wedding. If you can’t, two or three days is perfect to decompress from the work week and relax with your future forever-partner.
Don’t get injured
Obviously, you probably wouldn’t want to be injured before your wedding day, but it happens! Avoid any daredevil activities for at least two weeks. This list includes sky-diving, base-jumping, mountain biking, etc. Most brides have the common sense to avoid these items. It’s the innocent-looking ones that sneak up on you.
Roller-skating or blading, ice-skating, even walking in stiletto heels down an old city sidewalk can put you in an air cast for your wedding if you’re not careful. It’s your call on how comfortable you feel with certain things – just don’t push your luck too much!
Don’t try on the dress after your last fitting
It’s hanging in the bag and calling your name… but resist all temptations to try on your wedding gown until the day of your wedding! Once you try it on for the last fitting and you’re in love with how it fits and the way it looks, keep it in a cool, safe space until the day of the wedding.
With all of the emotions leading up to the big day, sometimes trying on your dress if you’re feeling overwhelmed or down can seem like a good idea, but it could have the reverse affect. You could start seeing flaws that really aren’t there, and suddenly, you hate the dress you loved only a few weeks ago! Wait to wear your gorgeous gown until the day of the wedding when you’re surrounded by loving friends and family.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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