Your big day is coming soon, and you certainly want to look your best! Here are some suggestions that may help.
months before your wedding:
1. eat right
We all have some bad eating habits, right? My downfall is Oreos. Once I start, it takes a lot of will power to close that bag. Eating well takes more time and takes more effort, but it’s worth it. If you’re wondering where to go for some great information on health and your diet, check out the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association also has a ton of great information on exercise. They suggest that adults should exercise at least 30 minutes a day five days in a week. It may sound like a lot, but there are so many different things you can do to stay active: walk, ride a bike, aerobics class, swim, jog, walk the dog, join a soccer team, or if you’re looking for something a little more demanding, check out P90x.
Some of the benefits to regular exercise include: stress relief, stronger immunity, lower blood pressure, weight control, boosts energy levels, and increases muscle strength.
3. stress management
Yes, planning your wedding is so exciting, but it can be stressful too…especially as the big day gets closer and closer. Excess stress can affect people in many different ways, such as: headaches, stomachaches, trouble sleeping, depression, forgetfulness, impatience, anger, or anxiety…just to name a few.
Here are a few ways you can help reduce your stress and keep it under control:
keep in touch with family and friends
daily physical activity [back to that exercise-thing!]
give up bad habits [smoking, nail biting, over eating, etc.]
sleep [do you get enough?]
don’t worry [easier said than done, but excessive worrying is not healthy]
4. your dress and hair
Choose a wedding dress that compliments your shape and fits well. When you feel good, you’ll look like a million bucks! On your hair style trial run [which should be about a month before your wedding], make sure you ask your stylist what type of style would look best with your face shape and your dress. Also, you may want to take a picture so you both remember what style worked best for you.
days before your wedding:
1. drink enough water
The Mayo Clinic suggests that adult men should drink at least 13 cups of beverages each day, and women should drink at least 9 cups of beverages each day. The Clinic says that water is the best beverage to consume [it’s free, readily available, and calorie-free], however, milk and orange juice are great sources as well. Remember, even mild dehydration can make you tired and drain your energy. Water is also important for a good complexion!
2. get enough sleep
Yep, that may be difficult, but try to fight for enough sleep. Stress, lack of sleep, and not eating well can lead to a compromised immune system which could = SICK.
3. eat well
Here are the guidelines from The American Heart Association for eating a balanced diet:
Grains [at least half should be whole grains] – 6 to 8 servings/day
Vegetables – 4 to 5 servings/day
Fruits – 4 to 5 servings/day
Fat free or low fat Dairy – 2 to 3 servings/day
Lean meats, poultry, or seafood – less than 6 oz/day
Fats & oils – 2 to 3 servings/day
Seeds/nuts/legumes – 4 to 5 servings/day
Sweets [unfortunately this includes Oreos!] – 5 or fewer servings/week
4. facial & wax
These should be done a few days before your wedding. You don’t want red, puffy eyebrows on your wedding day, so give yourself a few days to recover.
The day before your wedding would be a great time to relax and enjoy a pedicure and manicure. Make the time!
your BIG day:
1. professional make up artist
Some brides skimp on this very important person. Don’t do it! If you want to look your best and have beautiful photos, invest in a professional make up artist on the morning of your wedding. He/she will match skin tone, shadows, concealers, shimmers, powder, and bronzers to your personality and overall wedding theme. [Don’t forget to take a trial run a month before your big day.] Also consider waterproof mascara. Even the brides who swear they won’t cry, get a bit emotional. Avoid the raccoon look by choosing waterproof mascara.
2. stand tall
Great posture will also help in making great photographs, but it will also help keep back aches at bay. Mom was right when she said, “don’t slouch!”
3. eat and drink
Maintain your energy level and feel great by eating and drinking. It’s very easy to forget about asking for a glass of water or enjoying your meal when you’re having so much fun. It might be a good idea to ask your MOH to remind both you and your new husband to eat and drink!
the photos in this post are from my 365 project from 2011. You can see all of my photos here on Flickr.