There are a lot of guides out there that speak to what the bride and/or groom need to do in the week or so before the wedding to ensure that things go smoothly. These are full of great advice like “Pick up your wedding dress from your seamstress” and “Make sure you have the marriage license application.” And of course it’s all great advice, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Brides and grooms also need to think about what not to do before the wedding because one can follow all the DOs and still get stung of one doesn’t avoid certain DON’Ts. It might sound self-explanatory, but the reason don’ts are don’ts is because they’re often very tempting! So here’s a short guide of activities to avoid in the week leading up to your wedding day.
Do not, under any circumstances:
- Drastically change your hair cut or haircolor (unless you’ve had that style or color in the past and know you adore it AND you are going to a trusted stylist). Remember that your wedding photographers will hopefully last a lifetime. As tempting as it is to channel all that pre-wedding stress into a fresh new look, that fresh new look may become the stuff of nightmares when you’re hating it six weeks later. Or worse, on the eve of your wedding!
- Wax something you’ve never had waxed before. If you’re a seasoned and experienced waxer, then by all means visit a salon to get de-fuzzed. But if you’re a novice and don’t really know what to expect, I suggest staying away. Need a reason? Just imagine yourself standing at the altar in your wedding finery… coping with a bikini line that feels like an itchy firepit. Oh, and the same goes for things like Botox and facial fillers.
- Participate in extreme sports. I don’t care if you’re Portsmouth County’s regional base jumping champion and your minor in college was motocrossing; stick to quieter pursuits in the week leading up to your nuptials. You have the rest of your life to jump off of cliffs or SCUBA in caves, but you’ll hopefully only get married once. Not saying your vows in a full body cast is a achievable goal.
- See if you’re still allergic or sensitive to peanuts/alcohol/gluten/etc. I imagine that by the time they’re of marrying age most brides and grooms know what they can and cannot eat, but there will always be exceptions. And while you might adore walnuts with every fiber of your being, if they’re a known migraine trigger, stay away. This is simply not the time to experiment with food or drink.
- Get girl drink drunk or any other kind of piss drunk. Having a few cocktails with the girls or with the guys can be relaxing, but overdoing it is a recipe for puffy eyes, a queasy tummy, and super serious bloating. Bachelorette parties and bachelor parties are best planned a few weeks, not a few days, before the wedding, but that doesn’t stop people from getting their party on right before the main event. I won’t say don’t drink, but do think before you drink, and think moderation. Being hungover on your wedding day would really suck.
- Overeat. I’m not saying you can’t pack it in, if that’s what you’re used to doing. Big eaters get a free pass here, sorry. If you’re usually inclined to eat like a trucker, resist the temptation to go seriously overboard at your reception dinner or any other even in the week leading up to your wedding. If you’re like most brides, you spent a lot of money on your wedding dress. It would be a shame if you felt uncomfortable in it while saying “I do.”
- Undereat. Remember the video of the groomsman fainting? That could just as easily be you if you decide to starve yourself in a last ditch effort to lose those pesky five pounds. Your wedding dress was altered to fit you as you are right now, remember? Consider that if you do lose those five pounds in a hurry, while you’re falling over, your gown might be falling off.
- Worry about what might happen before/during/after the wedding. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that whatever happens, a wedding is at its heart just a party and it’s the resulting marriage that’s truly important. If the baker shows up with the wrong cake, your chances of divorce remain pretty much the same. Some people will hate your wedding favors, but others will love them. Something will probably go wrong, but everything else will go right. You can’t predict the future, and trying past a certain point to prepare for everything is futile. In other words, chill, baby.
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