6 Things to Steer Clear of the Week Before Your Wedding

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.

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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.  

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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. 

 

20 Song Ideas for Walking Up the Aisle

Choosing the music you walk up the aisle to might seem like a small decision but it’s actually a really important one. The music you play sets the tone for your ceremony (and more often than not the music is what starts getting everyone emotional!). So you want to get it right. Something upbeat enough that you can walk down the aisle without blubbering and ruining your makeup, but meaningful enough to play during one of the biggest moments of your life. We’re going to give you our top 20 songs you can use to walk up the aisle to. Use these as inspiration or feel free to take one straight from our list.

How to choose the perfect song to walk up the aisle to

It’s a small decision, so why is it so tricky? For some, it’s an easy decision if you and your partner’s song is super romantic. However, even if you’re lucky enough to have a romantic song rather than a funny one, you might want to save that for your first dance and pick something else romantic for walking up the aisle. The main thing to keep in mind when choosing a song is to make sure you pick something personal, something you both love. If you’re a big nerd then pick a song from your favourite fantasy epic. If you both really love rock and metal then find a song in that genre that can work. It’s your wedding so pick something you love, don’t just follow everyone else!

20 Best songs to walk down the aisle to

So here it is, our list of the best songs for walking up the aisle. You can use any from this list but keep in mind there are lots of versions of every song. So if you like a song but not sure it works then see if you can find a violin or piano cover! You can also have an instrumental band at your wedding, that way they can help you create the perfect music.

John Legend – All of me

A very popular song to walk down the aisle to, and with good reason. It’s super romantic and a really nice pace.

James Arthur – Say you won’t let go

Just listen to the lyrics of ‘Say you won’t let go’ and you’ll understand why it’s on this list.

Christina Perri – A thousand years

Just listening to this song at home can make you want to cry! Definitely, a good choice if you want everyone in the audience to get emotional. Just don’t forget the tissues!

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

He’s a global star so he must have got something right! Perfect is a lovely song to use, but be warned if you use this one you might tear up every time you hear it on the radio.

Ellie Goulding – How long will I love you

Ellie Goulding has such a beautiful voice and the perfect tone for serenading you down the aisle.

Elvis Presley – Can’t help falling in love

An oldie but a goodie. You can’t beat a bit of Elvis, especially with this romantic song. Not that keen on the style? Why not use the lyrics and melody just make it instrumental? Or you can always find a modern cover.

Moulin Rouge – Come what may

Are you a fan of musicals? There are so many romantic musical theatre songs to choose from. This one from the film Moulin Rouge is a great version. 

Elton John – Your song

Your song is up there as one of the most romantic songs ever. Now you’ve got three versions to choose from! The original Elton John, the cover in Moulin Rouge or the version from the film Rocketman.

Bruno Mars – Just the way you are

Another popular song for walking down the aisle. Beautiful lyrics accompanied by an amazing melody.

One direction – Little things

If you and your partner love a bit of a boyband then this one is perfect! Go for this One direction song and tell your partner all the little things you love about them.

Avicci (violin cover) – Wake me up

Now ‘wake me up’ might not seem like a particularly romantic song but check out some of the instrumental covers. The violin version is particularly beautiful.

Emeli Sande – Where I sleep

Emeli Sande has an incredible voice and this song is very romantic. Have a listen and see if this one fits the style of your wedding party.

Shania Twain – You’re still the one

‘You’ll still the one’ is a representation of the journey your relationship has been on. If it’s been a long or difficult journey then this song is perfect for you.

Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter

That beautiful chorus ‘can’t take my eyes of you, I can’t take my eyes off you’… is enough to make anyone shed a few tears!

All American Rejects – When the world comes down

If you’re a little alternative or rock deep down then this is a nice option. It’s got an alternative feel whilst still being a good choice for the aisle. 

Celtic song – She moves through the fair

A traditional song which is often used in weddings. Head over to YouTube and check out how amazing this melody is.

Vance Joy – Take your time

Romantic, chilled and beautiful. This one ticks all the right boxes!

Norah Jones – Come away with me

If you’re a big fan of Norah Jones then this is the song for you. Her tone and style in this song are just mesmerising.

Jason Mraz – I’m yours

We’ve all heard this one on the radio. Sweet and simple, it’s a lovely song choice.

Frank Sinatra -Moon river

Another great option if you want to go for a classic. The version from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, is also very well known and works well if you’re a fan of the film.

There you have it! We hope you like our list. Feel free to send us your ideas on our social media and get in touch if you’ve used any of these in your wedding ceremony.