Congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of wedding planning! Before you know it, you will be imagining yourself at multiple venues, pairing colours together and sampling every wedding cake flavour possible. Wedding planning is an exciting and, at times, overwhelming rollercoaster ride.
You might know exactly what your perfect wedding looks like in your head and have been preparing for this moment for quite some time. Other brides-to-be struggle knowing where to begin and often find themselves feeling stressed. Keep in mind that this is completely normal and to be expected when you’re planning the perfect day! Rather than letting yourself get burned out or stressed during the planning process, here are a few tips to help you look and feel your best, as well as de-stress and prepare for your special day.
Eat Right, Feel Great
There’s no denying it, planning a wedding is hard work and you’re constantly on the go! When you’ve got a day jam-packed with tasks to get done, planning for a healthy meal isn’t always your top priority. Although grabbing something quick on the go or ordering takeout might seem like the easiest option, it’s important to understand that our diets have an impact on the way we feel as well as our stress levels.
It’s no secret that when you feel your best, you look your best, and that’s why it’s important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Most fast and easy food options are loaded with sugar and empty carbs that can leave you feeling weak and unmotivated. Instead, drive past those delicious temptations and plan your meals and snacks ahead of time! Try finding a smart weight loss plan you can stick to and focus on incorporating whole foods into your meals. Whole foods are packed with nutrients that will help you feel energized, provide fiber, and lower your risk of disease. Eating right will not only help you feel good but give you a glow that radiates on your wedding day.
Hit The Gym
Getting in shape for your wedding? What’s more motivating than being the center of attention for an entire day? Nothing! Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to either find a fitness routine or to change up what you currently do! You’ve already set your wedding date, which means you should have a time frame to think about some fitness goals that are possible and personal. Use this time to plan accordingly and really focus on those key areas you might want to improve.
Let’s admit it, the gym can be intimidating. The machines are always overcrowded, you might feel self-conscious, and sometimes it is hard to even tell if you’re doing the exercise right! Put all of that stress aside and try working out with a personal trainer or a group fitness class. With guided fitness classes you will be motivated to push yourself and know you’re performing the exercises with the correct form. When planning your wedding becomes too much, put the details aside and hit the gym for a workout to clear your thoughts.
Get Your Beauty Rest
Alright, brides, let’s get real, nobody wants to be referred to as a “bridezilla.” The first step in remaining calm and stress-free is to get a full 7-9 hours of sleep. It’s not a secret that our bodies and minds do not perform their best when we are tired. Having a constant feeling of grogginess and fatigue can leave you feeling unmotivated or unprepared for important decisions. Find a sleeping routine that works for you and stick to it. Maybe you need to read a book with your favorite cup of tea or binge your favorite sitcom before bed! No matter what helps you relax, keep your sleeping schedule consistent.
Plan A Getaway Or Date Night
Sometimes you just have to put the wedding planning on hold and get a change of scenery. Call up your wedding party and plan a weekend away or send out an invite for everyone to meet for a “no wedding talk” dinner. Putting your plans down and just focusing on other aspects of your life or others will help you clear your mind and ultimately recenter your focus.
This could be the perfect opportunity for you and your partner to share a date night out or in! After months of planning, it can feel like all you ever talk about anymore is your wedding. Make a rule for this date that there can be no wedding talk, and instead, you just want to focus on other things going on in your lives. Head to your favorite restaurant or pair a bottle of wine with your favorite takeout. It can be a strange feeling when you start to realize how much of your wedding planning has dominated your recent conversations.
The details of your special day will come together before you know it, so it’s important to enjoy the process! Get started as soon as possible, remember to take a moment for yourself, and stick to a routine that will help you feel calm and relaxed. Your wedding will be a time to celebrate this exciting next chapter of your life, as well as all of the hard work you have accomplished!