Bridal Club Magazine
The Night Before Your Wedding Day – Spend It Wisely
This is traditionally the night of the rehearsal dinner,
although not widely practised in New Zealand as a rule - they are
becoming more popular as a way of bringing together loved ones in
an informal setting before you say 'I do'.
If you do have a rehearsal dinner, make sure you don't drink too
much alcohol. Limit yourself to one glass of anything plus your
champagne toast at dinner. You'll find your skin and over-all
wellbeing will thankyou if you stick to drinking plenty of
Make sure you do eat a well-balanced and adequate dinner to keep
your energy levels up for tomorrow. Stay away from spicy foods or
rich deserts. Any indigestion now or late night hunger could stop
you from getting a much needed night of sleep.
Don't be tempted to go out partying after the dinner. On the
flip-side, don't be tempted to go home straight after dinner
either. You will have plenty of friends and relatives and
out-of-town guests dying to catch up with you. Don't let any
annoying ones with well-meaning advice get to you and stress you
out. If you can spend time with them now, they will be more
forgiving if you can't spend much time with them on your big day
when you are likely to be emotionally and physically exhausted.
Try and get to bed early and you may well laugh at that
suggestion. The excitement may make any sleep seem impossible. Try
reading a good book to take your mind off any weddings. Before bed,
try to spend some quiet time alone meditating or visualising how
smoothly your wedding day is going to run. If you have several
things running through your head that you are worried you might
forget, write these down on a pad beside the bed so you can't
possibly forget! Try an aromatherapy bath with candles and soft
music - clear your mind and relax.
The night before the wedding is not the time to be making up
your favours, sorting out order of service sheets or even packing
for your honeymoon. Set up good time management from the beginning
and see yourself in good stead as a start to your married live
together. If you are one week out from the wedding and still
haven't got things organised, it's time to enlist help from your
loved ones real fast.
You may want to spend the night in a motel with your bridesmaids
or maid of honour. Getting dressed together along with the laughter
and jokes may be just what you need to calm any jitters.
If you already live with your fiancé, you may want to spend the
night apart to put some distance between you and create some 'extra
longing' for your special night. Consider staying with your parents
or just your mum, or mum-like mentor of significance. This can be a
godsend in calming nerves and a special way to end your life living
as a single woman.
Whatever you do on the night before your wedding day, it will
also be a memory you will treasure for a life-time.