Cheryl of Cheryl Ford Photography is back with Part 7 in her wonderful guest post series on how to have YOUR dream wedding! Enjoy:

Welcome Back to Part 7 of my blog series on 12 Ways to Have Your Dream Wedding. Over the course of these months I will be sharing with you a series of articles to help you have the most amazing day of your life. In case you missed it, you may want to catch up on the past articles:

Part 1 :: Money Talk
Part 2 :: Hiring a Photographer
Part 3 :: Hiring a Wedding Planner
Part 4 :: Plan Ahead
Part 5 :: “Pinspiration”
Part 6 :: Wedding Parties

Read the full post after the cut!


I’ve written these articles to share with you my perspective on what you can do to have your Dream Wedding. A lot of this is just good old common sense and none of it is that much work. But I promise if you incorporate these ideas into the planning of your wedding day, you will reap the rewards of a beautiful, calm and fun wedding day of your dreams! Trust me.

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

That makes me sing the Journey song in my head. Don’t know that one? I’m old, sorry.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your future husband or wife is to take care of yourself throughout the wedding planning process and the wedding day. You want to feel great on your wedding day; don’t you? I can’t imagine anyone would say they want to be tired, cranky, hungover, or run down. Those do not sound like fun. A tired bride is not a happy bride and an unhappy bride is not a beautiful bride. A tired bride is easily irritated and stressed out. Not fun. Not for you, not for your groom, not for your family and not for anyone around you.
So how can you take care of yourself? It’s really not that hard. During the planning of your wedding, you can do a lot to keep yourself grounded and not get burned out.

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Exercise
  • If necessary get away from wedding planning for a bit.

Take a Break

Put the planning notebook down, get off Pinterest, get off the internet, stop talking about the wedding for a few days, stop thinking and worrying about the wedding for a few days. I know that sounds hard because wedding planning can become an obsession. You want it to be perfect and that’s understandable. But sometimes you need a break. All of these things can give you the break you need so that you don’t wear yourself down during the wedding planning process. I get so bummed out when I hear a bride or groom say that they can’t wait for the wedding to be over with. That breaks my heart. But it totally happens. They’re just sick of all of it by the time the wedding happens.

As you get closer and closer to your wedding day, taking care of yourself is even more important. You want to look great, well-rested, and glowing on your wedding day. This is when getting exercise and eating right are so so so important. Go for a long walk, hike or run, go to yoga, meditate, or get a massage or pedicure that week before your wedding to relax and give yourself a much needed break from all the madness.

Make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep the few nights before your wedding – and especially the night before. Oftentimes, there is a rehearsal dinner the night before your wedding and it’s easy to want to stay up late and drink too much. Maybe friends are in town that you don’t get to see often and you want to spend time with them. But the next morning – your wedding day – will come too quickly and you don’t want to be tired and not looking your best. Staying up, partying and having just one more glass of wine may sound like a good idea at the time, but it’s not. I promise. Get your rest!

Definitely watch how much you drink the night before your wedding. Again, it might be a fun party but being hungover or having a headache or being irritable on your wedding day would suck. Be smart.

My final piece of advice for taking care of yourself for your wedding is to EAT. ON. YOUR. WEDDING. DAY. Seriously . . . EAT! A wedding day is a busy, chaotic, insane day, there are 47 moving pieces and people in your face all day. It’s so easy to forget or to get to busy to eat. If you have to designate a person to make sure you eat, do so. The last thing you want is to pass out during your ceremony because you haven’t eaten. Think I’m being dramatic? It happens.
It’s easy to forget about your own well-being during the planning of your wedding. After all, you’re planning this giant event, you’re thinking about your spouse to be, the wedding dress, catering, flowers, favors, bridesmaids, travel arrangements and all those things that take you away from thinking about yourself. But it’s important to not put YOU on the back burner so you look and feel the best on your wedding day!

Great advice as always Cheryl, thanks so much for sharing! For more information about Cheryl Ford Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide Profile or head straight to her website. Today’s post was originally published on Cheryl’s blog.

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