In a perfect world, you will feel energized, well rested, rejuvenated, and in high spirits in the days leading up to your wedding. But unfortunately, even when it comes to a long-awaited event like your wedding, a lot is out of your control. Especially given the stressful circumstances you find yourself in in the days leading up to your big day, it’s no wonder you start to feel a bit drained, or even sick days before your wedding.
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Note: If you feel unwell before your wedding, definitely check with your doctor before trying these suggestions.
Isolate yourself as much as you can.
This is not easy as you will want to spend as much time as possible with your spouse and the wedding party in the days leading up to your big day, but if you are really getting sick, it is best to keep your distance. “Definitely avoid any unnecessary contact in person,” advises Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services in Livermore, California. “It’s one thing for you to feel bad before your wedding, but another thing for other important guests to feel bad.” As a precaution, she recommends making sure everyone else takes care of themselves too, whether it’s drinking lots of tea, preventive medicine, or otherwise. “
Delegate at your wedding party.
“Don’t be that person who goes the extra mile and does everything on your own, especially when you’re feeling down,” says Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design in Verona, NJ. “People are very willing to help the closer the wedding date gets, so don’t be afraid to ask.” She suggests that you go through your entire to-do list, find out who you can trust, and make it happen.
Get as much rest as possible.
It’s hard to find downtime in the days leading up to your wedding – there’s so much to do! But if you’re already sick before your wedding or just feeling exhausted, rest is just what your doctor ordered. “If you’re not feeling well, this is the time when you really need to get some sleep,” says Dennis. “It may seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete all the little projects that lie ahead, but try to delegate tasks when possible to help relieve some of the stress.”
Give priority to fluids and medications.
Hydration should be on your to-do list in the days leading up to your wedding, even if you’re healthy as a horse. However, when things are this hectic and busy – like the days leading up to the wedding – it’s easy to forget to drink water, which can weaken your immune system, notes Kristen Gosselin of KG Events and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. “Enlist the help of your family and the wedding party to remind you to take care of yourself and don’t feel bad about asking them to give you what you need,” she says. “They are called bridesmaids for a reason!”
Have a plan for managing stress.
Stress is inevitable when planning a wedding, especially when it comes to the fencing. And, as Oleta Collins of Flourishing Art in Bakersfield, California points out, even with managing weddings, you’ll also have some sleep deprivation. “Try not to exhaust yourself more than necessary by letting all the little stresses build up,” he says. Instead, take a hot bath, play meditative music, and try to relax as well as possible.
Book a massage.
Massages help move the lymphatic fluids that build up in your body creating toxins, which is why Collins always suggests that his clients receive one the week of their wedding. “Massages will help with sleep deprivation as well as relaxation,” he says. “Always try to reserve your messages as late as possible so that you can go straight to sleep and start over the next day.”
Acupuncture is one of the secret weapons that JoAnn Gregoli of Elegant Occasions in New York City recommends for her grooms if they feel ill before the wedding. “The holistic approach is one of the ways that I help my partners overcome or help heal whatever ails them,” he says. “I am also a big believer in essential oils and carry them with me at all times.”