You’ve test drove your final look, finalised the seating plan and confirmed the vendors. Now all that is left to do is to walk down the aisle and say, “I do”, well, pretty much… The week before your wedding can be a time filled with apprehension, last-minute panics, but plenty of excitement too!
Although there’s no doubt that you will have a long line-up of things to do during the last week before your wedding, we’re introducing a few things not to do.
This list of 6 things to steer clear of the week before your wedding is designed to help you look and feel the best that you possibly can when it comes to your big day…
Changing your hairstyle
Although it may be tempting to shock everyone with a brand-new hairdo, we wouldn’t recommend that you do this the week prior to your big day.
Any changes to the length and colour of your hair may affect the texture, and therefore affect the way it will work in your desired style. Plus, if your new do doesn’t go to plan, it will be really hard to rectify it before your wedding. Either change your hairstyle well in advance or wait until after your wedding day to go for that peroxide blonde pixie cut (or whatever else floats your boat).
However, if you’re itching to get to the hairdressers, getting your split ends trimmed or having a luscious hair mask and head massage is a great idea.
Choosing the salon for your spray tan
It doesn’t matter how well you prepare for your wedding, there are always going to be things that get left to the last minute, but choosing the salon where you get your spray tan done should not be one of those.
To get the best results, a trial spray tan at your chosen salon should take place a couple of weeks in advance, preferably before your dress fitting, so you can experiment with which tone works best against the colour of your gown. Maybe you went too light, or too dark, on the trial and wish to alter it. Or maybe you didn’t like the results at all and wish to use a different salon.
We would also recommend that you get the final spray tan for your wedding at least two days before the actual date so there is time for the tan to settle, and it also allows some wiggle-room if any areas need touching up or toning down.
A new intense workout regime
Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day, and during the last week before your wedding, you may be tempted to up your game at the gym just so you can drop them extra few pounds.
But don’t forget, your partner loves you how you are, and you should love you how you are right now too. So, don’t worry – you will look fabulous even without them extra bums, tums and thighs classes you wanted to take. Plus, you’ll be thankful when you can waltz into the early hours without your legs screaming out in pain!
We would advise to simply stick to what you’re doing or, if you are in need of burning some energy, go for a gentle jog around the block. This will release endorphins and get you out in the fresh air – which will make you feel great both mentally and physically.
Skipping meals or trying out a new diet
It doesn’t matter if you’re too busy, want to drop some weight or simply don’t feel like eating, there is no excuse to starve your body of the nutrients it needs – especially in the last week running up to your wedding day.
Not eating properly, or trying out a new fad diet, can cause the body to go into panic mode and make you feel tired, bloated and irritable, which is certainly not what your OH needs in the run-up to you two getting married.
However, we would suggest that reducing your sugar intake, excessive amounts of salt, processed foods and alcohol would benefit you. Try eating lots of lean proteins (such as beans, pulses, nuts and lean meats and fish), as well as foods rich in antioxidants such as berries and leafy greens, all of which will make you feel great.
Discussing uncomfortable issues with your husband-to-be
Spending quality time with you OH is an absolute must in the week before your wedding. You should check in with your spouse-to-be to see how they’re coping in the run-up to wedding and give them time to voice any concerns or excitement, but bringing up deeply uncomfortable issues at this time is a big no-no.
Hopefully, any serious underlying problems in your relationship should have been sorted out by this period. But if you feel like bringing up issues simply because you have the pre-wedding jitters, the week before your wedding day is just not the time to do this. Although we know it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in the world of partnerships, you and your OH should be on the best of terms going into your wedding day.
Trying out new skincare products
If you change your skincare routine, there is always a chance of a reaction, breakout or it having an effect on your makeup. Therefore, if you wish to achieve a radiant glow on your wedding day and your current skincare routine just isn’t cutting it, have a chat to your dermatologist way in advance and make a plan so your skin looks beautifully healthy on the day.
If you haven’t planned ahead, don’t worry! Just keep your skincare routine nice and simple to avoid any adverse side effects and catch some zzz’s; this will naturally benefit your complexion.
If you have any other ideas of what brides-to-be should steer clear of in the week before their wedding, or you have any stories of things you’d wish you had avoided, let us know by getting in touch with us on Facebook.