I know 30 seems like a lot to get done the week of your wedding, but I promise these are pretty easy! In my time as a wedding planner (and in my experience planning my own wedding), I’ve noticed that self care takes a backseat the week leading up to the wedding.
Touch base with your wedding planner, but let them handle any wedding logistics. If you don’t have a wedding planner, you’ll want to reach out to all of your vendors to confirm any last minute needs, arrival and departure times, and any other details. Be sure to share final timelines and contact information with your entire vendor team, immediate family, and wedding party as well if you haven’t already.
Do something to help you relax like a massage, yoga class, or night out with your friends.
Get a manicure and pedicure if you want your nails done. I would do this a couple of days before the wedding in case your nails grow quickly.
DON’T try a new skincare product or get a facial for the first time. This goes for any time in the last 6 weeks or so before your wedding. If you need more tips about wedding skincare, check out my IG post about it!
DO get a facial that you know won’t break you out or irritate your skin. This means you’ll need to be working with an esthetician for a few months prior to the wedding so that they can learn your skin.
Get a blowout, beard trim/shave, or any other minor hair appointments. This means do not get a brand new color or a massive chop the week of your wedding. It can be really jarring and take time to get used to a new look, and that’s not a stressor you want to add to this week, friend.
Stay hydrated- this is pretty obvious. You know I’m a nutrition nerd, so I won’t go on a huge tangent about this. Just remember that water is vital and impacts every single body function, including sleep, stress, and skin health!
Nourish your body with foods that make you feel fantastic (think lots of protein, filling fiber, and tons of fruits and veggies).
Sleep! This is not the week to pull an all-nighter.
Pack your overnight bag or bags for the honeymoon
Pack anything you need for the day of like accessories, perfume/cologne, and sentimental items.
Make sure your attire is ready to go.
Check with your wedding party that they’ve tried on their attire.
Assign someone to bring breakfast/lunch to your getting ready location.
Have one last unmarried date night with your soon-to-be-spouse. You’re about to be surrounded by friends and family for the next several days, so it’s important to connect with your partner before the wedding day. Do something fun and celebrate the fact that you’re so close to being married!
Make sure your shoes are comfortable or break them in if needed.
Clean your rings professionally. This one is particularly important for any rings that have stones- you want those babies to sparkle!
Take care of any final payments. This may include vendors like you caterer, venue, bar staff, etc.
Put your vendor gratuity in individual envelopes. If you aren’t sure what to tip your vendors, The Aisle Guide has a great article about vendor gratuity or you can always check with your planner (hey, that’s me!)
Call your hotel to see about upgrades. Some hotels will upgrade your room or leave you bonus goodies if they know it’s your honeymoon/wedding night. Don’t call and make demands (seriously, please don’t be that person), but it never hurts to call and see if they have any upgrades available or if they do anything special for newlyweds! It also helps if you’re a member of their rewards/loyalty program!
Assign someone to take home gifts, leftover food, decor, etc.
Package any gifts for your wedding party, parents, etc.
Finish and deliver welcome bags to hotels if you plan on doing them.
Write a love letter to your soon-to-be-spouse. I personally love when couples give each other love letters on their wedding day, and this is your last chance to finish them!
Manage your stress throughout the week by practicing mindfulness, meditating, or utilizing any other stress management tools.
Give your marriage license to your officiant.
Practice your vows out loud.
Clean your house so you can come home to fresh sheets and an empty dishwasher.
Pack a personal emergency kit. Your wedding planner will have their own general kit, so this personal emergency kit should include things like your lipstick, perfume, comfy shoes, etc.
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