Sorry for being late on this week’s blog! I’ve been feeling a little under the weather, and it got me to thinking…how awful would it be to feel like this on your wedding day! So, I thought I’d share some tips for the month before your wedding that will help you feel relaxed and healthy.
Dieting for your wedding has become pretty commonplace, but you’ve got to be careful about how you go about losing weight. The best way to shed some pounds prior to the big day is to start at least 3 months in advance (depending, of course, on how much you want to lose) by beginning a healthy eating regimen. I’ll tell you about my favorite pre-wedding diet another day, but the most important thing to avoid is crash dieting. The lemonade diet, the cabbage soup diet…there are tons of quick tricks out there, but the month before is not the time to try them out. Crash dieting can contribute to:
- Weakening your immune system, making you more likely to be sick at your wedding (Yuck!). Side-note: starting a Vitamin C regimen wouldn’t hurt.
- Mood swings. As is you weren’t stressed out and emotion enough!
- Lack of energy
- Beauty side-effects. Is it really worth the risk of having your hair fall out?
Plus, losing weight after your final dress fitting could mean that your dress will be too big. A dress that fits perfectly will make you look and feel thinner than any diet.
In the weeks leading up to your wedding, there is nothing more important than getting a good night’s sleep. But, with your brain going a million miles a minute, getting your 8 hours might be harder than usual. If you’re having trouble sleeping, take care of it as soon as it becomes a problem. Herbal remedies like melatonin a few hours before bed time, or ‘sleepy time’ tea are inexpensive and easy to find. If over-the-counters aren’t working for you, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor. They’re usually happy to help you find a solution to make sure that you’ll be a well-rested bride. Most importantly, make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before. It might be hard to pull yourself away from the all-girls sleepover, but nothing beats a full night’s sleep the night before your wedding!
Water and Alcohol
You already know that water does amazing things for your skin, but there’s another important reason why water is a big wedding day savior. In the days leading up to your wedding, you’re going to be having a ton of fun with friends and out-of-towners, and they’re all going to be toasting you! All of that alcohol can really affect your sleep, not to mention give you a nasty hangover. Try drinking a glass of water in between cocktails. It will help you stay hydrated, and hopefully avoid feeling awful the next day. At your rehearsal dinner, limit yourself to one or two drinks (depending on your tolerance). Your skin will thank you the next day!
The Day Of
There are two really important things for you to remember on your wedding day: eat & relax! Having a good breakfast and lunch is important to make sure that you have enough energy to party all night long. Don’t skip meals as a last-ditch diet effort. If you’ve got a body-hugging gown avoid salt, which will cause you to retain water and feel bloated. Bananas reduce bloat, and make a great getting ready snack. Even a light salad helps, and your bridesmaids need to eat, too!
When it comes to relaxing, do what works best for you. If you know you’ll have a lot of nervous energy, make a trip to the gym for a light workout, or go for a short hike. If there’s a scent that helps you stay calm, bring a diffuser or candle to your dressing room. Order your favorite Starbucks, put on your best iHeartRadio station, and soak it all in! If you’ve followed these basic steps, you’re sure to feel great on your big day.