Every bride wants to look their best on their big day, but let’s not forget the importance of feeling at your best, too. Even if you look picture-perfect, the memories of your special day won’t be as great if your back is killing you the whole time or you feel light-headed during the first dance. That said, how can you look and feel your best on your wedding day?
Well, we’ve come up with some of the best ways to prepare for your wedding day so that you look good and feel great during your big day.
1. Address aches and pains
If you are currently suffering from bodily aches and pains that you cannot explain, there is no better time to go to a doctor. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend your special day distracted by pain.
Talk to your doctor about what’s bothering you, and then get proper treatment as early as possible. If you find out you have an issue like arthritis or muscle tears, it will be best to consider regenerative therapy as an option for treatment. Otherwise, you can go through a more traditional route. Either way, the earlier you address the underlying problem, the better you will feel during your wedding and every day moving forward.
2. Consult a dermatologist
Do you have acne, rosacea, dermatitis, or other skin problems? If so, the wedding can serve as a great incentive to finally consult a dermatologist about your condition. Sure, makeup can cover up most skin issues to make them unnoticeable, but not everyone wants to wear full coverage during their special day. More importantly, it is imperative to address moderate to severe skin problems right away lest they get worse.
3. Upgrade your skincare routine
Unless you already have the perfect skincare routine, now is the best time to start making upgrades to your regimen. Perhaps you don’t wear sunscreen every time you go out. Or maybe you haven’t discovered the wonders of using a serum yet. Some of your skincare products might have better alternatives as well unless they work perfectly on your skin.
If you are a cleanser-toner-moisturizer type of gal, try adding sunscreen, serum, masks, and facial scrubs into the mix. Not only will upgrading your skincare routine make your skin look better, but it can also help you prevent breakouts from the stress of wedding planning.
4. Achieve your weight goal healthily
Most brides try to lose or gain weight before the wedding to look their best. But whether you want to shed or gain a few pounds, it’s essential to do it in a healthy way. Many brides make the mistake of overexercising or making drastic changes to their diet, which can not only make you feel crappy in the months leading up to your wedding day but also open up a path to disordered eating.
With that in mind, start working towards your weight goal as early as possible. In this way, you don’t have to push yourself to gain or lose weight too quickly before the wedding (safe weight loss or gain is only around one to two pounds per week). Similarly, avoid crash diets or overexercising. Instead, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat proteins, and minimally processed carbohydrates, then work out at least an hour around three to five times a week.
But at the end of the day, don’t lose sight of what’s essential. Lose or gain weight for yourself, not for pictures or anyone’s opinion.
5. Take it easy with the wedding planning
The process of planning a wedding can be highly stressful, especially if you go through the DIY route. There are many things to check off your list, and everything can feel like a high-stakes mission. As a result, you might feel unnecessarily high amounts of stress before the wedding. This can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion when you should be feeling the excitement.
To avoid feeling like you’re planning the Olympics instead of your own wedding, don’t make it harder for yourself. Consider hiring a wedding planner, and let your future spouse help as much as they can. More importantly, avoid making your wedding more complicated than it has to be to keep the planning process as simple as possible.
Preparing for a wedding can be challenging work. Aside from the specifics of the wedding alone, you also have to prepare yourself—your mind, body, and heart—before the big day. So to look and feel your best during the wedding, take care of yourself first, avoid stress, and achieve all your beauty goals healthily.