Plan your leave from work
Apply for leave work as much in advance as possible. Complete all pending tasks and divide the workload between cooperative co - worker. “This way you can get up to speed real quick when you return from your blessed – out honeymoon”
Delegate small wedding day tasks
Delegate duties in advance – get a couple of close friends to be by your side during the ceremony to calm your nerves and handle the gifts, some relatives (in rotation) to greet guests at the entrance, someone with a list of all vendor contact information.
Have a chat with your photographer
Decide the theme you want for the marriage pictures and give the photographer a list of moments you want captured.
Put your best friend in charge
On your big day, The last thing you want to tackle is calls from people asking for directions to the venue or someone who wants to know what time the wedding start. Hand over your mobile phone to your best friend and let her field all calls. Also give her a small bag of “just – in – case” items – lip gloss, tissues (tones of
them), deodorant, mint, an extra pair of (older, more comfy) sandals and a list of your vendor’s phone numbers.
Pack your accessories and wedding night bag
Pack a bag with all the accessories you’ll require to get dressed on the wedding day. This includes jewellery, makeup, hairpins, safety pins, undergarments. Leave this bag next to your wedding dress along with your bag of “just – in – case” items. Also, pack a small bag to carry with you to the hotel for the wedding night. This bag should have everything you’ll need. Besides lingerie, make sure to pack a change of
clothes for the next morning, your cosmetics pouch and a midnight snack (since no one seems to eat at their own wedding!)
Stop worrying 24 hours before the ceremony
It doesn’t matter if the flowers on the stage decoration are different from the ones you chose, or the caterer is running late – your job as event planner stops the day before the wedding. After that, you need to hand over your duties to others. “Focus on the here and now, on your beautiful wedding and make sure that every happy moment I engrained in your memory forever”
Make a DVD of the days leading up to the wedding
“What I’m sure I’ll continue to find truly endearing and entertaining in the years to come is the DVD of my wedding preparation – from the sangeet practices to the makeup trails to some heartfelt moments with my family” Maybe you can include messages from your close friends and family as well.
Write out ‘Thank you’ notes
A lot of people have worked tirelessly, spent lots of money and treated you like a princess in the weeks leading up to your big day. Make some time to write personalized cards for all of them and give it to each one before the wedding ceremonies begin.
Look And Feel Your Best
Oodles of pampering
This is perhaps one of the most essential and enjoyable parts of your pre – wedding routine. Book appointments at least 10 days in advance for your pre – wedding beauty regimen, preferably at a spa you frequent. Make sure to include a stress – relieving massage to soothe those nerves.
Break into your high heels
Have a brand new pair (or three) for the various wedding functions? Break into them a couple of weeks in advance so you’re not stuck with nasty shoe bities.
Get lots of sleep the night before
“No matter what beauty regiment you go through in the days before your wedding, unless you’re well rested on the night before the big day, you will neither look nor feel your best,”. “The last thing you need is a headache putting a damper on your mood.” So the evening before your wedding should be a quite one –
spend quality time with your family, eat a healthy meal and get at least eight hour of sound sleep. Eat something and use the washroom before the ceremony. You have got a long day ahead of you. Grab a healthy snack before you put on your makeup and use the washroom right before you head out to the mandap”
Hug your BFFs
Have a moment with your closest friends. This is a very emotional moment for your girlfriends. Grab them in a group hug and let them know you love them. A moment with just you and the girls will help calm your nerves.
Focus on your husband – to – be
If, in spite of your best efforts, things get too chaotic, try this trick : “Every bride will have a moment of nerves, no matter how perfect everything around her is. It’s human nature. When this happened turned complete focus on my handsome fiancé and on the beautiful life we were about to embark upon together. My mind instantly quietened down and I had a lovely smile on my face that made me look even more fabulous in the pictures”. Maybe you could even give his friend a note to slip to your fiancé right before the ceremony. This could pep things up a bit for the two of you and help ease the stress too!