One more day to wedded bliss… The 24 hours leading up to your wedding day can be a bit of a whirlwind, and not knowing exactly what you should be doing can cause a frenzy. Avoid a bridal meltdown and ensure you’ve covered all angles of prep with these 10 things to do the day before your wedding.
1. Pack your bags
One of the most important things to do the day before the wedding and an essential way to remain organised, is by packing those bags. Put together your bridal clutch bag for the reception, as well as an overnight bag if needed and give it to someone to take care of. Furthermore, it’s a great idea to pack a separate ’emergency kit’ full of those little things which could come in handy. Fill it with plasters, hairspray, hair clips, needle and thread and anything else which comes to mind. Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on honeymoon straight after the wedding, ensure your case is packed and ready to go.
2. Confirm with your vendors
Have a final call with each of your vendors to ensure everything is in place for the next day and make sure you have any favours, place names etc delivered to your venue the day before.
3. Sort cash
If your vendors need paying, sort this in advance by popping payment into individual envelopes and labelling them clearly. Give these to someone to distribute accordingly on the day.
4. Lay out everything you’ll need
It’s a great idea to have a room or two set aside for bridal preparations. Make-up artists and hairdressers come armed with plenty of tools so they’ll need room to work their magic. If your space allows, have a separate area for dressing – hang your wedding dress here and lay out your shoes and accessories. Doing this will also give your photographer a great location to snap a few detail shots.
5. Practice walking in your shoes
As well as giving your dress a final check, ensure those heels are well broken in by taking them on a final walk around the house. Knowing that you can comfortably walk in your shoes will banish any worries about gliding up that aisle.
6. Eat a healthy meal
With lots to do the day before the wedding, it can be easy to give into the temptation of calling in a takeaway but we say… don’t do it! Avoid bridal bloating the day before your wedding by choosing fresh fruit and whole grains and drink plenty of water to ensure your wake up with that gorgeous enviable bridal glow!
7. Check the weather
Even if your wedding is indoors, it’s well advised to check the weather for both your wedding day and honeymoon so that you can be well prepared. If the weather is forecasting rain, arm yourself with an umbrella and suitable shoes to keep yourself dry. If you are having an outdoor wedding, the weather will definitely have an impact on your day so make sure you liaise with the venue beforehand. Check out my tips for having an outdoor wedding here.
8. Bridal beauty preparations
No doubt you’ll want to look like the best version of yourself on your wedding day and a little prep the day before will help with this. The key here is not to try anything new. Don’t have a facial and don’t give new products a go. Stick to what you and your skin are used to!
9. Spend time with your family
Traditionally, the bride and groom spend the night before the wedding separately, which gives you a great chance to spend some quality time with your family or bridesmaids. Have something low-key planned the night before (avoiding alcohol to excess) and let your hair down with people you love for a couple of hours.
10. Get a good night’s sleep
Easier said than done, right? The key here is to remain as relaxed as possible to promote a good night’s sleep. Have a relaxing bath, watch something that makes you laugh, or meditate… whatever it is that keeps you calm, do it! Turn your phone on silent to avoid distractions and you’ll drift off in no time.