Your wedding day is here! All the hard work and months of planning are culminating into this one day. There’s so much excitement in the air, but all that build-up can pretty quickly turn itself into stress. We want you to enjoy the morning of your wedding—and the entire day!—as much as possible, so here are six ways to relax and unwind during those final hours before you walk down the aisle.
If you’re a runner, can regularly be found in the gym, or are totally into yoga, don’t take the day off! Instead, set aside some time to move your body, stretch, and sweat. Exercising releases endorphins, which will have you feeling great as your bridesmaids arrive to get ready. It’s also a great opportunity to take some time for yourself, think, and work out any tension you might be holding onto. But don’t push it too hard. Opt for an easy jog or a yoga session, plus toning moves that will hit the muscles shown off by your dress (like rows, curls, and push-ups).
With so much going on around you, it can be incredibly beneficial to turn your focus inward, and as little as two minutes can give you some peace of mind. Apps like Headspace offer guided meditation practices that will walk you through a moment of relaxation, but you can also go more simple. Sit in a quiet, private room and turn down the lights. Find a comfortable seat and close your eyes, then focus on your breathing. Take deep, even breaths and follow your breath in and out, doing your best to chase away stray thoughts. Thinking about the flowers or whether your bridesmaids will be on time? Get back to that in-and-out focus. Your heart rate will slow, as will your thoughts, allowing you to get some clarity and even change your mood.
Get a Massage
Hey, you’re the bride, so why not pamper yourself? A massage will have your muscles feeling great, and will give you a serious dose of quiet, delicious-smelling alone time. Opt for a mid-pressure Swedish massage (and choose aromatherapy if it’s an option!) that doesn’t get too deep—you don’t want the process of working through a knot to leave you with a sore back on your wedding day. Skip additional services like scrubs or facials, which could leave your face or skin red or splotchy. Save those for your honeymoon!
Get Some Personal Space
If you’re surrounded by your bridesmaids, but you’re feeling overwhelmed instead of supported, take a little time to yourself. If you haven’t had your hair or makeup done, slip into a warm bath before it’s your turn in the chair. Still finalizing your vows? Shut the door to the bedroom and get those feelings on paper. Or grab your mom or sister and head outside for a walk—no talking required.
There are always a few things that have to be taken care of the morning of a wedding, from making sure the best man has the rings to deciding whether to move the ceremony inside in case of rain. But that doesn’t mean the bride has to take care of everything! If the stress is getting to you, pass those responsibilities on to someone else. Your maid of honor can deliver the rings, and your mom or planner is totally qualified to make the rain call. Less on your plate will leave you free to relax and enjoy these final moments as a single lady.
Spend Time with Your Partner
The one thing that’s missing the morning of your wedding? Your partner! Even if you’re having a first look, there’s a good chance you’ll spend a bunch of time without the one person who really knows how to ease your fears and make you feel like everything is under control. So if time with your partner is what it will take to have you feeling relaxed and excited by the time your ceremony rolls around, go for it! You could share a quiet breakfast, hit the gym together, or have a pre-wedding couples’ massage. It’s your wedding day, so the two of you should do whatever makes you both feel great.