Wedding Countdown: The Night Before the Wedding
It’s almost here – finally. After all the hard work you put into planning your big day, tomorrow is the beginning of your happily-ever-after.
So, it’s the night before your wedding. What do you do? How do you spend these last hours before the day you say your “I do’s”? There are so many thoughts, emotions and checklists running through your head, that it can be tough to know how to best use this time. We’ve been there.
That’s why we made a list of some hot tips you can do the night before your wedding. And hopefully it’ll be as productive as it is relaxing!
We know from experience that checklists can really help you stay organised – and more importantly, sane. Start by creating a list of all the things you want to make sure are set and in place. Confirm setup time with the vendors? Check. Give rings to someone in the wedding party, like the Maid of Honour or Best Man? Check. Those are the kinds of things you’ll want to write down in this list.
2- Pack your bridal bag.
If ever you don’t need to worry about over-packing, it’s now. Put everything you think you’ll need in a bag, and even some you’re not sure you’ll need, but what the heck. Here are some essentials any bride should have at-the-ready on her big day.
* Extra undergarments
* Extra shoes (preferably a comfy pair)
* Phone charger
* Emergency kit (we recommend this one!)
* Perfume and deodorant
* Toothbrush and toothpaste
* Breath mints
* Small sewing kit & safety pins (in the unlikely case of a wardrobe malfunction)
* Hair tools & makeup
3- Check in with your vendors.
They’ve probably got it covered – they are professionals after all. But you never know, right? So, it’s a good idea to check in with your vendors and make sure everything is set. Give them a call or send a quick text saying something like, “See you tomorrow at 2:00 – so excited!!” Then you’ll have peace of mind and be able to check this off your list!
4- Eat a good meal.
Since you’re probably going to wake up with happy-nerves on your wedding day, it’s best to eat something the night before that will sit as well with your tummy as possible. Eating a healthy meal will help you avoid a stomach ache, bloating, skin breakouts, or even puffy eyes. Look for something with exactly the vitamins you’ll need to feel energized and good-to-go. (Oh, and P.S. Drink lots of water, of course!)
5- Treat yourself.
Go for the princess treatment. Even if you don’t see yourself as one, you will be tomorrow in the eyes of so many people at your wedding. So, get a mani/pedi, a facial, a massage, or possibly even a whole spa package. Sip on some bubbly while taking a warm bath. However you choose to do it, get in as much R&R as possible. You deserve it!
6- Write thank-you cards or letters.
Chances are you’re going to be overwhelmed with all the feels on your wedding day, especially gratitude. You’ll look around and see so many people you’ll want to thank for helping make it so perfect. Eventually you’ll want to send thank- yous to anyone who gave you gifts, but these people are different. These are the ones who kept you calm or helped you find what you needed or took over some tasks for you.
You won’t have time to do this on the wedding day, and afterward you’ll be busy with either a honeymoon or just enjoying your post-wedding bliss. So this is the perfect time to tell those people how much you love and appreciate them.
7- Reach out to family and friends.
Reminisce about old times or tell them how you’re thinking and feeling. Talk about what part of tomorrow you’re each most excited for. If you have a slumber party with some special ladies in your life, it’s probably best to keep it low-key so you all can get to sleep early and be rested and ready in the morning. But whether you’re spending time with people or calling someone up for a pre-wedding heart-to-heart, it’ll feel nice to connect with someone who means a lot to you in these last hours before you say your “I do’s.”
8- Write a letter to your love.
Write down everything you’re feeling right now – what you’re excited for, what you’re grateful for, what you hope for. Give your soon-to-be spouse a picture of what was going on in your heart and head on the last night before you were married to each other. You can look through some old pictures of your favorite memories and say how excited you are to make new ones together. And then, you can either give this letter before walking down the aisle or the day after the wedding. Either way, it’ll be a super-sweet memory that’ll last forever.
9- Sleep, sleep, SLEEP.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is get enough sleep to ensure you’re rested tomorrow. It’s going to be a looong day, and being sleep-deprived can definitely get in the way of making the most of it. Being well-rested can help you avoid getting sick or running out of energy early.
So, at the end of the night, you can lie down and rest with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re more than ready for tomorrow. You’ve made a list and checked it twice. You’ve spent time doing what makes you feel relaxed, recharged and renewed. Now all that’s left is to walk down the aisle and say “I do.” No matter what happens tomorrow, it will be the most magical day of your life. Because you and the person you love are getting started on your happily-ever-after. And it just doesn’t get more perfect than that.