photos by Stephanie Yonce Photography
This is it! With all of the months of planning and coordinating behind you, you have finally made it to the night before your Big Day. With a few precious hours until you are aisle-bound, it is natural to feel some pre-wedding jitters. However, there is no reason to get worked up when you should be winding down. Here are a few ways to relax and de-stress the night before.
After the busyness of the rehearsal dinner, be sure to set aside some solo time for reflection on the major step you are about to embark on. Allow yourself to feel excited and really take a step back and bask in the momentous occasion that is ahead of you. The wedding day itself will be a whirlwind of energy and emotions, so it can be grounding to take a moment for yourself before it all starts.
Netflix and chill…
…with your ‘maids! Chances are this is one of the last times you will get to have a full-on sleepover with your besties, so take advantage of it. Although it may be tempting to pop out a bottle of bubbly and chat into the wee hours, play it safe and opt for pajamas and movies so you and your gang will wake up ready and refreshed in the morning.
By the night before your wedding, everything should already be in place. That means that there is no need to anxiously text your caterer in the middle of the night or to second-guess your choice of centerpieces while browsing Pinterest. What’s done is done (and perfect!), so it is time to assign someone as your main point of contact and surrender your phone to your maid of honor. (Of course, you can still send a goodnight text to your sweetheart!)
Sleep, sleep, sleep
Although sleep may be the last thing on your mind, it is also the one thing that you need! After a quick sweep to ensure that everything is in the right place and ready for the morning, take your planner’s cap off and prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep. Trust me – your morning self will thank you. (Under-eye circles are not the latest bridal look.)
No matter your big plans for the night before your wedding day, just be sure to relax. You have surely spent months and months wrapped up in details and now is your chance to let go of everything and enjoy the fruits of your labor. All that is left is the big ‘I do,’ so it is time to simply sit back and enjoy!
Amanda Zack is a wedding PR specialist with OFD Consulting, based in Richmond, VA. She also serves as a Public Relations adjunct professor at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University.