Eeek! I'm Getting Married In The Morning
Updated: Oct 14
This will be the happiest day of your life, the moment you've been waiting for... And yet it is extremely common to feel terrified, anxious and nervous. These are normal emotions to feel, but it shouldn't spoil the lead up to your big day.
Spending the night before with your Bride Tribe is the best way (in my opinion) to quash those unpleasant feelings. These are the people you can always rely on to have your back and support you, so spending time with them will calm the tension that is building in your mind.
I've composed a list of my top 10 wedding-eve activities, all of which should be accompanied by chocolate and beverages (I think it's the law):
1. Wear something cute and comfy
If you're feeling tense, the last thing you want is to be restricted by tight jeans or a hot fluffy jumper. Treat yourself to some cute, snazzy pj's and let the selfies commence!
2. Document your night
Speaking of selfies, make sure photos are taken at every opportunity. This is a once in a life time event and so photos will be precious to look back on in years to come. Plus, who doesn't love a good makeover and photo shoot with our gal pals?!
3. Dance and sing your stresses away
Is it even a sleepover if you don't all dance and sing at the top of your lungs?! Watch out Beyonce, you may have some competition here.
4. Eat well
As well as some yummy chocolate, I'd advise that you eat a good, healthy meal too. Your tummy may be in knots, but never underestimate the power of nutritious food. Besides, you'll be so busy on the big day that food may slip down on your list of priorities - boost those nutrients while you can!
5. Have a movie marathon
When energy starts to wane but the night is still young, pop on some beloved chick flicks and actually relaaaaax. Sleepovers can be a bit full on - you don't want to tire yourself out completely.
6. Pamper yourself
In keeping with the the point above, let yourself have some quiet time and take a nice bath or shower. Both are great for relaxation, but it's also a great opportunity to do any last minute primping and preening. Try and get as much done the night before the big day, so that your morning is as easy and stress-free as possible.
7. Take 5
If you need to take a break from socialising to be alone, allow yourself to do so. Writing in your journal or just meditating for a short while can be exactly what you need to calm your nerves and then enjoy the rest of the night. Any good bride tribe will understand and give you as long as you need.
8. Have a run through
If there's anything you're unsure of, for example if you're making a speech and want to practice, now is the time to do so. Practicing in front of your small group will not only help calm your nerves (and make you realise that you should pursue a career in public speaking), it will also make your tribe feel loved and privileged for hearing it first.
9. Get an early night
It may be tempting to stay up to occupy your anxious mind, but trust me, a good sleep is vital. Not only will it make tomorrow come around a lot quicker, it will leave you feeling fresh and ready for the big day. If you're struggling to sleep try listening to a relaxing podcast, or use your bridezilla rights to demand some calming herbal tea.
10. Enjoy every moment
As always with my blog posts, this is the point I can't stress enough. You may want to fast forward the night before, as feeling nervous is a horrible feeling, but it will flash past you in the blink of an eye. Enjoy the time with your loved ones, (especially if they're not a group that normally get together, e.g. friends from different friendship groups) and make every minute count.
This is such an exciting time and nerves are normal; your partner will probably be feeling exactly the same as you, so you are not alone! Be kind to yourself and think about the bigger picture... You're marrying the love of your life.
You've got this girl.