You’ve daydreamed, you’ve pinned, you’ve planned, and now your wedding day is less than 24 hours away. And although you’re thrilled to bits and can’t wait to be a Mrs., you may also find yourself feeling a bit jittery. Whether you’re stressing over the schedule, the guest list, or the weather, your belly full of butterflies is normal. But don’t let those anxieties get the best of you.
Channeling your energy into feel good activities and practical preparation the night before your big day will ease your mind and set those butterflies free. Here are 8 things to do the night before to ensure you start the next chapter of your life jitter free.
1. Soak it all in. Wedding planning is a whirlwind and you may find yourself wondering how you got from there to here. Where did the time go? Take some time the night before your wedding to really be with your fiance, to soak in the moment, and to cherish the journey you’ve been on. Between pre-wedding parties and planning activities you may not have had a lot of quality time with your one and only. The night before the biggest party of your life is the perfect time to do so.
2. Eat a healthy meal. Even though you may feel too excited to eat, it’s important to fuel yourself with a healthy meal. Think unprocessed food like fresh fruits and veggies and steer clear of things that can cause bloat like dairy products. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The last thing you want is to wake up with a headache.
3. Unplug. Resist the temptation to scroll through social media or read emails/direct messages. Doing so has the potential to stress you out, second guess your decisions (we’re looking at you Pinterest), and cause more anxiety by taking your focus away from what is important. Close your laptop, turn your phone on silent, and enjoy the evening.
4. Pack the car. To help get rid of that I-feel-like-I’m-forgetting-something feeling the morning of your wedding day, take time the evening before to pack the car with any items you’ll need for the reception and ceremony.
5. Put together your bride essentials kit. Fill a tote bag with wedding-day survival items like bandages, hair ties, pain relievers, bobby/safety pins, sewing kit, flip flops (you need comfy shoes!), etc. Put your bride kit in the car so you don’t forget it.
6. Take a soothing bath. Wind down and relax with a bath fit for a goddess. Fill the tub with herbs and essential oils like lavender and chamomile, rose petals, or epsom salts (for aching muscles). Or light a candle or two and keep it to a simple soak.
7. Just breathe. Set aside a few minutes before bedtime to take a few deep, relaxing breaths. Close your eyes, breathe in for eight counts, hold at the top for a second, then breathe out for eight counts. Do this a few times to relax your mind and body.
8. Get a good night’s sleep. The struggle is real on this one, but it is possible. To help you get a dreamy sleep before the big day pick a reasonable bedtime, cut out caffeine after 4 p.m., avoid alcohol, and soothe yourself to dreamland by listening to a sleep-inspired music playlist. Don’t forget to give your sweetie a kiss before light’s out!