Okay, it’s not that serious. No one’s wedding turns out absolutely perfect, and that’s perfectly okay! Brides have been making mistakes for centuries, but the good news is that you can learn what not to do based off of their previous mistakes.
For your best chance at having the fairytale wedding of your dreams, take note of these five common mistakes brides make during their wedding week so you can be sure to not follow in their shoes.
1. Crash dieting
When you start a crash diet, you’ll do exactly what it says: Crash.
Many brides want to look their best on their big day and correlate that image to a tighter waistline. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be in good shape for you wedding day, but you should be going about it in a healthy way. Any diet that tells you to completely cut out a food group the week of your wedding isn’t one you want to listen to. Dramatically altering your diet can have many detrimental effects to your mood, energy, and overall well-being. The last thing you want to be on your wedding day is hangry.
Instead of panicking last minute about shedding as many pounds as possible, create a healthy diet plan many months leading up to the wedding. Clean up your diet by cutting out some sugars and carbs, but don’t eliminate them completely. Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily routine. Stay hydrated. But whatever you do, don’t try some silly diet plan you read online five days before your big day.
2. Skimping on beauty rest
You’ll want to be energized and ready to go on your wedding day, not dying for a nap. In the weeks and even days leading up to your wedding, you’re likely to start feeling increasingly stressed about getting everything ready. More stress = less sleep.
Don’t panic and stay up until the wee hours of the night. Giving up your sleep isn’t worth it. If there are a ton of last-minute tasks to complete, pulling all-nighters is not the solution. We’ll get into that in the next point.
When you have trouble getting proper rest, do what you need to ensure you can keep up with your ZZZs. Create a relaxing wind down routine that helps ease you into sleep in the evenings. Optimize your bedroom environment to be dark, quiet, cool, and conducive of your best night’s sleep. Can’t get comfortable? Splurge on a new bed. You’ll want a bigger one anyways once you start sharing with your beau every night.
Keeping up with your sleep will help you feel energized, healthy, and maintaining that beautiful glow you want on your wedding day.
3. Not asking for help
Remember those pressing last-minute tasks we were talking about? You shouldn’t shoulder them all yourself.
In your wedding season, your family, friends, and bridal party will be more than willing to lend a helping hand. All you have to do is ask!
Call in backup reinforcements for crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s in that last week before your wedding. Make an evening of it. Get all your girls together, order a pizza (because you aren’t crash dieting anyways and you deserve it) and crush those tasks you need to get done. The power of teamwork will amaze you.
4. Forgetting about what happens after the “I do”
You’ve probably only planned right up to the nuptials, and no one can blame you. It’s not surprising if you’re holding your breath up until the “I do.” However, if you forget to plan about what happens after, you’ll become consumed in panic.
Your reception isn’t something you should stress over. Hire a wedding planner to bear the burden of making sure everything runs smoothly. Your honeymoon, however, is your responsibility. Properly prepare by making sure all of your bags are packed and ready to go, confirm all of your necessary bookings and tickets, and make sure you have a plan for at least the first day of your honeymoon so you have something to do when you get there!
Then, remember to think about what happens when you return home from your honeymoon. Do you have your newlywed home ready? Is at least your bedroom set up so you can jump into bed and relax when you get back? Were your wedding gifts delivered from your ceremony to your home in the meantime by a helpful family member? These are all things to think about and prepare for beforehand so you don’t have to stress later.
5. Letting stress overcome your joy
Speaking of stress, let’s push that to the side. Your wedding season should be one of the most joyous times of your life. Don’t let stress get in the way.
Look, your wedding isn’t going to be perfect. The sooner you accept that, the easier it will be to avoid transforming into a bridezilla. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this precious time in your life. If you make some mistakes along the way, it isn’t the end of the world. Just think about all the things you’ll be able to laugh about in the future and be excited that you’ll have someone by your side to laugh along.
Author’s bio: Ashley Little is on the editorial team at Mattress Advisor, a reviews site that helps others find their best night of sleep each night. In her free time, she enjoys reading a great book or spending some time outdoors.