On the biggest and busiest day of your life, self-care couldn't be more important. Without giving your body, mind, and spirit what they need to get through such a chaotic and stressful time, you might feel so drained that prepping for your honeymoon almost feels like a chore. And you don't want that to happen! By taking a few simple steps in preparation, however, you can give yourself the fuel you need to get through your wedding day without a breakdown.
Here are some of our top tips to fuel your wedding day from start to finish:
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
We can't stress this one enough. Like all people, brides and grooms are mostly made of water. And while you don't want to be rushing off to pee while you're already at the altar, dehydration is a guaranteed way to lose the race before it even begins. Your wedding day is a marathon of emotional, high-energy events with tons of people...and without hydration, you won't have the fuel to face it. Keep your cells happy with plenty of water! As an added beauty bonus, staying hydrated will make your skin look tighter and clearer, and your eyes brighter.
Eat Some Breakfast (With Healthy Fats & Protein)
On your wedding day, that double packet of sugar into your morning coffee might not be the best idea. Try to stick with sugars like those found in fresh fruit salad, and don't skip breakfast! Have something hearty that is rich in healthy fats, like a bit of avocado or an egg, and avoid unrefined carbs and pastries and the like. A healthy little breakfast will kick-start your metabolism and give you energy to start the day off right.
Avoid Pre-Wedding Crash Diets
You might feel a vague sense of panic when you realize you're not down to your wedding goal weight with only a week to go. But try not to stress. Stress increases cortisol, a hormone that makes it harder to get rid of fat. And crash dieting is nearly certain to leave you malnourished and exhausted when your big day arrives. Taking care of yourself means getting the nutrition and rest you need, and not panicking with a starvation-inducing diet or muscle-busting exercise plan right before the wedding date.
You can't have the energy you need without proper sleep. Make sure to get a full eight hours on the night before your wedding. That means planning ahead and giving yourself enough time in the run-up to the big day, getting all those last details taken care of! Without enough sleep, you'll feel like a wreck halfway through the most important day of your life. If you can't hack eight hours, see if you can manage seven. The point is, you really don't want to be stumbling to the altar puffy-eyed because you only got three hours of sleep.
Use Anti-Stress Herbs
Certain herbs and plant-based tinctures can help reduce stress and keep you focused on what matters. An herb used in Indian ayurvedic medicine called ashwaghanda can be helpful for stress relief. Hemp-based CBD tinctures are also now widespread, and have helped many people relieve their anxiety and feel calmer and more at ease -- and no, they won't get you stoned!
Boozy Brides Beware
A drink is one thing, but don't get too wild with the squad the night before your wedding. Even if you get a full night's sleep, the booze will drastically lower your sleep quality. To make matters worse, you won't look as fresh, with those post-alcohol blemishes and circles under your eyes!
With everything already on your wedding day to-do list, packing healthy snacks is probably the easiest of all to forget. But by having some greek yogurt, a little hummus wrap, or other snacks with healthy fats, protein, and carbs, you can refuel any time you start realizing you're running on fumes. Putting one of your bridesmaids, or your mom, on snack and water duty is a good idea, provided they're willing and able! Just beware of foods that can cause bad breath or get easily stuck in teeth. On your wedding day, mints and mouthwash are your friend.
If you're a coffee drinker, I wouldn't dream of telling you to skip your morning brew on your wedding day. But be very careful with caffeine consumption. Beyond your usual morning intake, that boost you get from drinking more will quickly turn into a crash. Then you'll need more just to keep going, only to crash even harder when your reception is supposed to start. Take it from us: caffeine is one wedding crasher you want to minimize your use of, despite how tempting that round of coffee, energy drinks, or caffeine pills might appear.