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January 15, 2018

How to Feel Great on Your Wedding Day

Happy Monday! 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 great on the big day!

 

Crash Dieting

Pickled Shrimp Wedding Appetizer

photo by Rachel Red Photography

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 by beginning a healthy eating regimen, which will allow your body to adjust to your new lifestyle, and ensure that you’ll feel great the month leading up to your wedding, when things are sure to get busy!

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!).
  • Mood swings. Trust me, you’ll have plenty of emotions leading up to your wedding day, adding hangry to the mix is not a great idea.
  • 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 thinner and feel more confident than any diet ever could!

 

Sleep

Feel great get sleep before your wedding

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 will make you feel great on your wedding day like a full night’s sleep the night before!

 

Water and Alcohol

Bride & Groom with signature drink

photo by Rachel Red Photography

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!

 

Feel Great the Day Of

Bride with bridesmaids

photo by JB Marie Photography

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.

 

xoxo,

Lindsay

 

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  1. Gabrielle Norton

    January 18th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Wow Lindsay these were so good! I’ve been wanting to talk about dieting on my blog too. I always get worried when brides say they’re on a ‘wedding diet’ because what if they lose a bunch of weight for their wedding day and gain it all back a few months later? Do you really want to look back at your wedding photos as the day “you were the skinniest ever”?
    Your tips were great though because it promotes a healthy balance which is super important!

  2. lindsaybishop

    February 17th, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks, Gabrielle! It’s so common for people to crash diet, and so important to go for things that are adoptable in the long term. Such a great point about the photos, you want to look like you, not the unattainably skinny you!

  3. Rachel Rice

    January 19th, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Ick! The Cabbge soup diet sounds like torture! Such a good topic, Lindsay! Something I think most brides to be don’t think about. ESPECIALLY the tips on alcohol and your skin, I tell all my brides to drink as much water as they possibly can on their wedding day but the weeks and months leading up to it are just as important! This is such a great post to share with my clients, thanks!!!

  4. lindsaybishop

    February 17th, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I wouldn’t want to do it, either! Alcohol is so bad for your skin, and nobody wants to be puffy on their wedding day!

  5. Renee Dalo

    January 20th, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I LOVE THIS! So many awesome tips here, especially the water. No one ever drinks enough water and it’s simple.

  6. lindsaybishop

    February 17th, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks Renee! All pretty easy things to do, but with all of the emotions leading up to the wedding, it’s so easy to forget regular self maintenance!

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