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August 2022

What To Do The Night Before Your Wedding Day

Not sure what to do the night before your wedding day? Here are 20 little things you can do to have a good night’s rest and prepare for the big day!

After all the months of planning, rescheduling, and preparation, your big day is finally here! The night before your wedding day is such an important time, and you don’t to spend it hopping with nervousness from wedding jitters, or running around tackling stressful, last-minute tasks. Spend the night before your wedding taking care of yourself with these 20 little tasks, so that you wake up refreshed and prepared to enjoy your big day!

1. Eat Healthily

You might have the pre-wedding jitters, but the night before your wedding is not the time to binge on chips or chocolate! Salty and greasy food could disrupt your beauty sleep, and leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable on the biggest day of your life. Eat healthy meals that will have you waking up full of energy—think fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

2. Hydrate

You might be busy running last minute errands, but don’t forget to hydrate! Your skin (and makeup artist) will thank you the next morning.

3. Lay Out Your Getting Ready Outfit

For those pretty getting ready shots, you’ll want a beautiful getting ready outfit that’s easy to take off without messing up your hair or smudging your bridal makeup. Lace robes, button down shirts, or camis with wide necklines all work. Try on your outfit and iron it if necessary, and set it aside ready for the morning.

Suit from SuitYourself, from Dionne and Wei Zhe’s Charming, Light-Filled Wedding at Andaz Singapore by Bottled Groove Photography

4. Prepare Your Bridal Look

Select a pretty hanger for your wedding gown so your photographer can get good shots of it. Steam out any wrinkles from your gown and veil, and don’t forget your bridal underwear. Lay out your jewellery and wedding shoes so you’re well prepared in the morning. Four a.m. isn’t the time to be hunting for missing accessories!

5. Pamper Your Skin

Tonight, it’s all the more important not to skip any steps in your beauty routine! Remember to fully moisturise your skin so that it’s a glowing base for your makeup the next day. Don’t try any new products, however, in case you get an unexpected reaction.

6. Pack Your Overnight Bag

Pack your staycation essentials for your wedding night, and any special wedding night lingerie if you have them! Hang your belongings over to your point person to keep them safe until you check in.

7. Recruit Help for Last Minute Tasks

When things crop up the day before your wedding—and they will—don’t spiral into a panic and take on everything yourself. Call on your wedding party or family to help you out. They’ll be more than willing to handle matters.

Giselle and Sean’s Classic Wedding at W Singapore-Sentosa Cove by Chris Ling Photography

8. Clean Your Engagement Ring

After adorning your finger for the past year or so, your engagement ring is bound to be caked with grime that dulls its sparkle. Make sure your engagement ring looks amazing by giving it a quick clean the night before your wedding, and restore it to its former glory! Simply give it a gentle brush with a soft toothbrush, warm water, and a drop of dishwashing liquid, and it will look its sparkling best next to your brand new wedding ring in your photos.

9. Pack Your Essentials

Pack a small bag or clutch with all of your essentials, such as your identification card (which you’ll need for your solemnisation), emergency makeup like eyelash glue and lipstick, tissues, comfortable shoes or slippers to wear in between events, and some cash. Hand this over to your maid of honour to keep safe.

10. Avoid Wedding Tasks

Don’t leave the DIY or speech writing to the night before your wedding. You want to be able to switch off from planning mode and give yourself some time to relax those nerves.

11. Perform Personal Grooming

Turn your personal grooming into a relaxing, pampering time. Soak in a bath, light some candles, and put on music as you tweeze stray hairs or wax your legs.

Ame and Shaun’s Tropical Boho Wedding at W Singapore-Sentosa Cove by Love Me Tender Films

12. Pack Your Marriage Certificate

Among the essentials you’ll need to bring along for your wedding, your marriage certificate is one of the most important! Make sure you, your partner, and your two witnesses don’t forget your identification too.

13. Make Sure You Have the Itineraries Ready

Double check the wedding day itinerary, and make sure everyone who needs one has a printed copy or access to it online.

14. Avoid Alcohol

If you’re having a sleepover with your bridesmaids, you might want to relax with some wine or champagne to take your mind off any wedding jitters. But don’t party too hard and overdo the alcohol! The last thing you want is to wake up with a hangover and puffy eyes. Avoid alcohol the night before the wedding if you can. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to indulge during your wedding toasts!

15. Prepare Vendor Payments and Angbaos

Schedule digital vendor payments or pack your cash and cheques in marked envelopes and hand them to the people in charge. Prepare all of your angbaos as well.

16. Load the Car

You don’t want to be lugging overnight bags or boxes of décor when you’re in your wedding gown. Designate your stuff to your point people, and load up the cars the night before so everything is ready to go in the morning.

Amelia and William’s Dreamy Destination Pre-Wedding Adventure in Indonesia by Fire, Wood & Earth

17. Check in with Your Partner

You’ll be spending the night apart, so you might be busy running separate errands the night before. Take a few moments to talk to each other over the phone, or meet up for a bite and a goodnight kiss. Savour this last day as an engaged couple, before you meet again as a bride and groom!

18. Set Your Alarm

Check that you’ve set your alarm, or two if you have a habit of hitting the snooze button! You definitely don’t want to oversleep on your wedding morning.

19. Savour Your Last Night at Home

It’s your last night in your family home. Give your parents and siblings a hug, and spend some quality time with them. Allow yourself the space to reminisce the times you’ve spent with your family, reflect on how you’ve grown as a person over the years, and simply savour the familiarity of doing the old routines in your old room.

20. Sleep Early

This is a tall order for many brides and grooms, but try your best to go to bed at a reasonable hour, silence your phone, and relax enough to go to sleep! There’ll be a lot on your mind, so help yourself relax by setting an early bedtime, and having a leisurely wind-down session such as a slow skincare routine, watching something fun on Netflix, or reading a book.

Credits: Light-Filled Modern Avant-Garde Glasshouse Styled Shoot at 1-Atico by Iki Company

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