Eeeeeek the Big Day has finally arrived! Nervous energy is sky high and you can almost touch the anticipation in the air. It can be a tumultuous time, and the last thing you need to do is spend your entire morning fretting about the upcoming ceremony. To keep your emotions in check and only allow happy thoughts to occupy space in your head, this is your chance to seize the opportunity to create a fun and memorable morning before making your way down the aisle.
Of course, you likely have a few appointments to make, like hair, makeup, and nails, and you need to leave plenty of time to get into The Dress. But choosing a simple activity or two to help you relax, centre yourself, and get in the right frame of mind can be immensely rewarding. Remember that things tend to take longer than we imagine, so don’t push your schedule too tight (and make more stress), but the peace you generate for yourself will be worth it as the butterflies gather to help send you down the aisle not only looking but feeling your absolute best.
Tweak Your Vows or Exchange Love Letters
Hopefully, you’ve written the core of your vows before now, but with the big day finally here, you’re probably feeling a lot of emotion. Why not put pen to paper and let some of that rising romance shine in your vows with an authentic touch? It may also pay off to practise a little, so you don’t get choked up at the wrong moment.
If you’d like a simple and sweet way to amp up the romance between you and your sweetie, you can also take a leaf from your favourite Jane Austen novel and pen each other some handwritten love notes to start the morning strong. Some couples may even like to do a small gift swap at this moment with something personalised and special to them.
Power Your Body
You’re marrying the love of your life- but it’s still going to be a long day. Many brides and grooms spend the whole day on their feet and attending to their guests, so it pays to plan ahead. Get yourself something delicious and delectable to power you up for it all. Whether you order in with a special room service, organise a buffet everyone can share, or head to your favourite spot for one last meal as a singleton, it will pay off in spades. Plus you can spend quality time with your visitors and friends if you make it a date!
Walk (or Swim) it Off
Some light and non-strenuous exercise is a great way to boost your mood and clear your head a little. Whether you invite your special someone along for the stroll, take a few laps around the pool, or make it a full-blown hike with the wedding party, it’s a great way to set a good tone for the day. Many couples particularly enjoy spending some time together walking the grounds and sealing away those special locations and moments in their memories forever.
Prayer and Mantras
If you take solace in spiritual or religious practices, you may want to organise a moment for a prayer, mantra, invocation, or whatever is most meaningful to you.
Take to TikTok
If sombre reflection isn’t your thing, you can shake out some of your nerves with a fun bridal TikTok challenge. If the members of your bridal party will be with you from the get-go this morning, it’s also a great way to break the ice and get everyone smiling together.
Even if you don’t want to share this morning with the world, you can have a dance party together by pumping up the music and letting loose before all the formalities.
The Big Reveal
You may have a special moment for the first look with your partner already queued into the program- but what about everyone else? This is an especially nice little moment if your bridesmaids or other key members of the wedding party haven’t been able to share every moment with you. Get the squad together, and have a fun morning revealing the dress to them all.
This is one of the biggest milestones in your life- and here you are, on its cusp! There’s nothing wrong with simply planning a chilled-out morning where you pop some bubbly, get super-comfy in a pre-wedding robe (or even some luscious PJs), take atmospheric pictures, and simply relax. While you don’t want to get too tipsy pre-ceremony, of course, you could even organise something fun like a mimosa bar to set the tone for the rest of the day.
If that all sounds like a bit too much socialisation for your jitters, you can also look for a meaningful mind-soul activity that speaks to you. Something like a calming yoga session may be just what you need to start this critical day off right and ensure you stay grounded all day long.
Or Get to the Spa
If that’s too much exercise for you, then why not make a spa date out of it? If ever there was a day for some extra pampering, this is it! You can hire a service to come to your rooms (another great opportunity to break out the bride squad robes), or take the girls to a spa of your choice. You’ll look and feel your best!
Spend Time Alone (or with a Little Buddy)
If you’d rather keep the limelight for later in the day, then you may like to simply schedule yourself some relaxed and unpressured alone time to contemplate your future together, relax, and bring some peace to the tumultuous occasion. Take a few deep breaths somewhere beautiful, and let the day speak for itself.
If you happen to have a furry friend or two you love, this is a great time to get a few pets and cuddles- and maybe a picture or two- in as well. They’ll help you beat the stress and relax into the rest of the day.
And there you have it! Instead of running yourself ragged, working yourself up about the minute details make sure to take a moment to treat yourself to a truly special time. It's important you enjoy your wedding morning and ease yourself into the big day ahead, whether you have a few minutes or hours to spare before it's "go time".