When we imagine our wedding day as children, the dress always fits, the flowers don’t wilt and Uncle Marty never passes out on the dancefloor.
The reality of wedding planning, even for the most organised, love-struck bride, is often rather different. There are stacks of calls to make, RSVPs to chase down and vendors to contact. Endless hours will go into decorating, designing, preparing… in fact, estimates show that between 200-400 hours go into planning a wedding, most of them put in by the bride.
And yet, even with all this stress placed firmly upon her shoulders, she’s still expected to look well-rested and glowing in the lead up to her big day!
Tough gig, huh? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with 5 top tips to ensure you look radiant on your wedding day.
1) Hire a Wedding Planner or Professional Bridesmaid
You might think you’re prepared to put in the hard yards, but do you really have that many hours to spare? If you’re already juggling work, study and maybe even kids, it’s next to impossible to dedicate the time needed to properly plan your dream day without cutting corners.
Naturally, time management issues become a huge source of stress for brides to be. And what does stress lead to? Breakouts, lifeless hair, irritability, poor sleeping habits and comfort eating. All of these factors can come together to compromise your glowing wedding day complexion.
A great way to cut down on stress is to hire a wedding planner. A good wedding planner can help you liaise with venues, stick to a budget and handle any little hiccups on the day. If you don’t have the funds to hire a professional wedding planner, a professional bridesmaid (yes, they exist!) can also help to keep the wedding on track by organising the wedding party, taking care of your hen’s night and other tasks your besties might be struggling with.
2) Sweat for the Wedding with a Bridal Bootcamp
One of the biggest concerns most brides have is whether they’re going to fit into their wedding dress. It’s tricky to be conscious of your diet when all the events leading up to the wedding revolve around alcohol and mouth-watering dinner celebrations.
While we feel it’s our duty to remind you lovely ladies that all bodies are beautiful bodies, taking up a sport is an ideal way to blow off steam, tone up and increase your energy levels before the wedding.
If the idea of an intense Bridal Bootcamp makes you want to run for the hills, don’t panic. A yoga class will be just as beneficial for your mind and body. Just make sure you’re prepared and motivated by investing in some high quality, affordable activewear, like these awesome tummy-trimming American Fitness 3/4th capri leggings or sport crop leggings.
3) Monitor Your Health
When you’re trying to manage a hectic schedule, sometimes your good habits fly out the window. It’s easy to opt for take-away or justify only getting three hours sleep a night when you’re super busy.
However, if you want to be a radiant bride, it’s important that you remember to monitor your health. That means making sure you’re getting plenty of nutrients (leafy greens, nuts, fish and other proteins) in your diet and sleeping at least 6-7 hours a night.
Keep up your vitamin D levels by hitting the track in your new activewear.
If you’re still feeling drained after making these adjustments, make an appointment to get your iron levels tested. Many women unknowingly suffer from an iron deficiency (which can cause fatigue, weight gain, skin conditions and brittle hair and nails) and attribute their symptoms to a hectic lifestyle.
4) Treat Your Skin
We’ve already discussed the impact stress can have on your complexion. So, if you want to get gorgeous skin for your wedding day, it’s important to have a game-plan. We recommend:
- Drinking plenty of water – hydration flushes out toxins from the skin and promotes a clear, dewy complexion.
- Getting an exfoliating facial treatment – getting an exfoliating treatment at home or at the salon will bring dirt, oils and other impurities to the surface to clear before your special day.
- Filling up on Vitamins A & E – carrots, watermelon and leafy greens will help you load up on vitamin a, which fights sun damage and promotes growth and repair of skin cells, while avocado, nuts and broccoli will give you the vitamin e you need for protection against free radicals and aging.
- Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake – we know this one is gonna be tricky, but try to limit your alcohol and caffeine intake in the days leading up to the wedding. Alcohol and caffeine are huge culprits when it comes to dry and dull skin. If you are going to drink, make sure to stay hydrated with a bottle of water.
5) Book a Spa Treatment
Running around for weeks on end will take its toll on even the most laid-back bride. Prepare yourself for your wedding by scheduling a spa treatment for you and your bridesmaids a few days before the event. Not only will a little pampering help to melt away any residual stress, but you can also book a facial to address any last minute skin concerns and an exfoliating body scrub to leave you feeling smooth, silky and irresistibly sexy.
Being a bride isn’t easy, but being aware of your stress levels and how to combat them can go a long way towards easing pre-wedding jitters and avoiding panic induced meltdowns. Just keep these tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a picture-perfect, radiant bride on your wedding day!
Congratulations and good luck,
The Miss Ruby Legwear Team.