At one of my weddings recently, I heard a bride say, “I’m bushed! I only got 2 hours sleep last night.”
Here’s one idea that might help. Plan your rehearsal dinner 2 days before the wedding, not the night before. The rehearsal dinner is a night when many of your guests will let there hair down and party, party, party… and then hope to arrive at the wedding the next day without a hangover. I doubt that. Remember, you must do it when it is most convenient for you. The most common excuse for not doing this is because you have guests coming in from out-of-town. Got it! However, if only one or two of your wedding party is not expected to arrive 2 days before… they may have to miss it. You will have time to clue them in to any rehearsal tips that they need to know the day of the wedding. This idea will also help you get in bed early the night before you tie the knot.
Smart brides do all the heavy duty stuff days before the wedding, not the night before. The even smarter ones hire a full-time Wedding Consultant. Look over your wedding day check list for any last minute items you may have missed. Set a bed time, let other people know about it and stick to it. You don’t want to show up with baggy eyes. Cutting off all communications with your man the night before shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Spend some alone time. Never allow your friends to keep you up all night! Slumber parties and pub crawls are out. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before your wedding.
Lay out your “getting ready” clothes. You won’t need much on your wedding day, but it’s smart to fill a clutch with some “just-in-case” items: a mini deodorant, gum, tissues, and a list of your vendors’ phone numbers. If you plan on switching to flip-flops during the reception, toss those in there as well.
You need to be your freshest self on your big day. Relax. Pamper yourself. Staying stressed until the last minute may take away from your special day. Maintain control of your pre-wedding jitters by dealing with things you know you must do far in advance of bedtime. The day before your wedding… wind down at least two hours before you hit the sack. Drink some herbal tea, take a bubble bath. Avoid alcohol and caffeine (tea, coffee, chocolate). Have a glass of warm milk instead. Don’t eat anything the night before your big day that may give you indigestion or heartburn on your wedding day.
While you’re winding down for the night, take a few minutes and write a love note to your partner. Express yourself. Tell him how you feel and how much you love him. Give it to the best man to give to the groom on the day of the wedding. Also write a letter to yourself. Write about your excitement and your worries, about your hopes and aspirations, and predict what the future will hold for you. Hide it away and open it on your first anniversary.
If you will be saying anything to your partner during the wedding ceremony, read it over several times before you go to sleep. What you say should be spot-on for the big day so give it the once-over one last time.
Every bride and groom should look their best on their big day and that means no puffy eyes, pallid complexion or dark circles. Understandably it can be a mega challenge fighting those butterflies in your tummy and attempting slumber the night before such a huge day.
Do your best not to worry about the next day. If you find yourself lying awake in bed, follow the 15 minute rule. If sleep isn’t happening after 15 minutes, get up and read or relax on the sofa. When the sleepy feeling overwhelms you, get back into bed and go get some Zzzz’s. The more sleep you can get the night before your wedding day, the more energy you’ll have to make it through one of the biggest days of your life.
Have a light breakfast the morning of your wedding.
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