Planning a wedding can take its toll on all areas of your life…some that you might not expect. This week we caught up with Alice from TidyHomes who shares some expert tips on how to prepare your home for wedding planning and your wedding day.
The big day is fast approaching, and you are starting to sweat. There’s so much to do and not enough time, not to mention you have the soon-to-be in-laws are staying with you.
Don’t worry; you’ve got this. Take advantage of the time you have to prep your home and turn it into a lean wedding day machine so you can reduce stress.
Divide Up the Rooms
The last thing you want to be doing is wasting time looking for your shoes, your veil or figuring out where to put all the gifts that are being sent to your house. In the weeks leading up to your wedding, take a minute to designate certain rooms for specific purposes. For example, use the dining room to house gifts that are beings sent directly to your home or use the office to store day of wedding supplies including decorations and place cards. Assigning rooms ahead of time will help keep things organized and keep you from a last-minute scramble.
If you have any guests staying with you, prep their rooms before they arrive. Leave them with fresh sheets and plenty of towels. Or, if your home is going to be a place of a lot of foot traffic, guests swinging by to say hello or used as a meeting location, make sure you’ve cleared out enough space for everyone to be comfortable.
If you are planning on getting ready for your big day in your home and having a photographer take pictures of the bridal prep, chose this room ahead of time. For the best pictures, you will want to remove any clutter from the space and possibly some furniture, which you do not want to be doing day of. Try and pick a spacious room with plenty of natural light, often this is the living room or master bedroom.
Get Things Out of the House
With the flood of wedding guests and supplies that will soon be flooding your home, it’s easy to let things pile up. A great way to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle and create more space is to send as much as you can to the hotel ahead of time. Pack up your wedding decorations, place cards, and any luggage you may have to the venue ahead of time. This way you do not have to worry about carrying anything day of.
Do not feel you have to do it yourself, Martha Stewart states that delegation is key in relieving stress. Recruit a member of the wedding party or a trusted guest to handle the logistics for you. Remember that it is OK to say no to activities and ideas you don’t like. This is your day, and you should spend it how you like.
Take Care of Yourself
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of wedding planning. While hanging with friends and family can be a great way to relax, it’s OK if you also need some time to yourself. Brides magazine recommends meditation and breathing exercises are a way to de-stress. Exercise is also a great tension reliever as it is known to boost positive emotions and make your body feel good. Go for a run, dance around the bedroom, or simply go for a walk.
Most importantly, remember to eat. Keeping a balanced diet will help you stay sharp and energized through the chaos. It is especially important to eat day of, you do not want feel faint during your wedding. Provide yourself and your bridal party with breakfast and snacks while you get ready, plus this is a great task to give to the dads.
The Big Day
Staying on top of your to-do list and keeping organized is a great way to manage your stress. If things start to get out of control, it is OK to ask for help. Everyone will be more than happy to help make your day happen.
Contributed by Alice Robertson at TidyHome
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