We all know a wedding is stressful to plan, from who to invite, what to serve the guests to the colour of the flowers, the devil is in the details.
Amidst all the wedding madness, always try to remember why you’re doing this in the first place. You and your partner are in this together, and you want to spend the rest of your life together and this is a way of celebrating this momentous decision.
Here are a few things we suggest you avoid to make sure things don’t go awry at the last moment.
1. Drinking alcohol
Drinking a few days before your wedding won’t just lead you to regrettable decisions but also affect your appearance. From bloating due to its sulfur-bearing gases and puffiness on your face to undereye bags and even redness caused by thickening of your blood vessels, there are multiple reasons for you to stay away from alcohol for at least a week before your wedding.
2. Changing your hair
Stay away from drastic haircuts, or colouring your hair, especially if it has anything to do with bleaching your hair. Go for a trim around your existing length to get rid of your split ends and give your hair volume. If you absolutely need to touch-up your hair colour, ask your hairdresser to put some clear gloss on your hair to add some extra shine and make it look healthier. Take care of your tresses a few days before your big day by getting hair treatments done, especially a keratin treatment.
All other hair-related decisions should be made at least a month before, if not earlier.
3. Pulling all-nighters
Getting married needs a lot of planning and work, and we see the allure of an all-nighter to wrap up things still left to be done. But, we suggest, stay away from it. The lack of sleep will make you cranky, will affect your skin and health, and you need all the energy you can get during this time, so sleep. If you think there’s a lot left to be done, ask for help. Delegate work amongst your family and friends, let them take care of a few of your responsibilities and get some much-needed rest.
4. Going on a diet
A juice cleanse or a day only drinking water as a last-ditch attempt at losing a few centimetres? Don’t do it. It’s not going to help you. You may think of it as losing the toxins in your body or reducing bloating, but depriving your body of nutrients and calories it needs is only going to make things worse. This is the time you need to eat a well-balanced diet to keep your energy levels up and keep you looking and feeling healthy.
5. Starting a new workout
A new workout to a week before your wedding spells disaster. Working your body in ways it is not used to is going to cause a lot of muscle pain due to microscopic tears in your muscles, a common result of changing or starting exercise regimes. You cannot see the results of a new regime in a week, and there’s no point in making your muscles suffer when you are already taxing your body due to the endless trips to the wedding planner and hours of standing or sitting still in heavy lehengas that you’ll have to face at your wedding.
Instead of starting a new workout or going on a fad diet, we suggest getting a last-minute fitting session. Check whether your wedding outfits still look flattering, pulling or adding a few inches to your clothes is easier than doing the same to your body in a matter of a week.
6. Changing your skincare/makeup routine
Trying out new skincare products, creams that promise brighter skin, de-tanning products, or cleansers that promise glowing skin, should be done months beforehand. A week from your wedding is not the time to experiment with your skin, especially knowing that your appearance will matter on the big day. Same goes with masks and peels or microdermabrasion treatments. After chemical peels or microdermabrasion, people can end up with peeling skin, redness and itchiness or layers of dead skin which ends up balling under makeup. Don’t change your makeup look either. Stage fright can make you think you have too much or too little make-up on. Trust your makeup artist and yourself and have faith in the fact that you chose this makeup look months ago after taking all factors like your outfits, weather, venue, skin type, into account.
At the end of the day, don’t forget to hydrate! Drink water endlessly, the one thing that will help you with most of your last minute worries, including making your skin and hair look healthy and glowing.
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