This time 4 years ago I was a nervous wreck. My wedding day was imminent and my OCD was in full spin – if anything you would not have thought I was getting married. Which is why I wanted to put together a guide on self care for the week running up to your wedding as part of my Wedding Series – because if there’s ever a time when self care is especially important, it’s now. These are not only a few things I actually did, but also things I wish I’d done in the lead up!
1: Make a List
If you’re anything like me, you will have made hundreds of lists in the run up to the wedding, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to you that I’d suggest doing this. Okay, so it’s not really a self care thing, but it’s definitely one way to ease those pre-wedding nerves. Even if you haven’t gone down the list route during your wedding planning, I would strongly recommend doing so during the final week. Writing down your list of final tasks will help you to keep a clear head and stay focused on any tasks you have remaining. If you’ve been ahead of the game the entire time, you may even find there’s not much to go on there! But as a former anxious bride, I’m sorry to tell you that stuff probably will come up. Nothing major, but silly things like packing your bag if you’re staying away from home the night before and stuff. You’ll also be surprised at how everyday stuff can take a backseat too, so if you need to pick up anything like prescriptions you might need or whatever, this is the kind of stuff to add to the list.
2: Plan Stuff to Look Forward To
Don’t put off general social bits just because it’s the pre-wedding week! If you’ve got some extra time, plan a few small things that you can look forward to. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just things like meeting a friend for coffee or going out for lunch with your fiancé are great ways to get a break from things. Saying it’ll take your mind off things will probably be a bit of a long shot, because from experience, that’s all people will want to talk about if you see them in the run up! However, if you really could do with some respite from wedding talk, maybe make a rule with your friends that just for a few hours all wedding discussion is banned!
3: Take Care of Your Health
This is really something we ought to be doing anyway, but of course, life gets in the way generally, let alone when you’re planning a wedding. Generally in the months running up to your wedding it can be a good idea to just up the vitamins and eat a bit healthier, but this goes double for the week before. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and keep up good hand hygiene. Remember that stress can weaken the immune system, so if you’re struggling to keep a lid on the stress, make sure you take measures to boost your immunity at the very least! I came down with a cold two weeks before the big day, so I was dosing up on pretty much every vitamin I could get my hands on from then on.
You can’t really talk about pre-wedding self care without the whole pampering thing. I’m not saying to go for a full on spa day (unless you want to of course!) but treat yourself to a face mask, get your nails done or enjoy a bubble bath at the very least. You’re the bride after all, so if there’s any time for you to indulge a little, it’s now! If there’s a beauty treatment you’d like but you’ve never had, now’s the time to treat yourself! I’d always wanted to get my nails done but never saw the point when I could do them myself, but I thought my wedding day was the perfect chance, especially with my hands being on show all day! I treated myself to a French polish and some extensions and it was the best my usually chewed stumps had ever looked!
5: Take Some Time Off Work
While this may not be an option for everyone, I would completely recommend taking a few days off work the week before your wedding. If you’ve yet to book your holiday at work for your wedding, definitely take this into account! I’m so glad I booked the week off before my wedding because even though I thought I had everything organised, there was still so much to do, and I don’t think I would have managed otherwise! Not only that, if there’s any office lurgy going around (as there was in the run up to mine) you’ll reduce your chances of catching it!
6: Take Regular Breaks from Wedding Stuff
While the week in the run up to your wedding may be all go, it’s still important to pencil in some downtime. Make sure that you take a bit of time for yourself in the evenings and spend a bit of time with your fiancé, even if it’s just settling in for an hour to watch a bit of Netflix. Just like with any big event coming up, scheduling in some time to relax may not seem practical with so much to do, but it’s a sure fire way to reduce that pre-wedding anxiety!