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May 2024

The Final Countdown: What Not to Do the Week Before Your Wedding

The week before the wedding will be incredibly busy with things to tick off your to-do list. But did you know that there’s an important wedding NOT-to-do list too?

As the big day approaches, the excitement and nerves can be overwhelming. While it’s natural to want to ensure everything is perfect, there are certain things you should avoid doing the week before your wedding to keep stress levels manageable and joy at the forefront. Here’s a practical guide to what you should steer clear of in the final countdown to your nuptials.

1. Don’t Make Any Major Beauty Changes

The week before your wedding is not the time to try out bangs or a new hair colour. Similarly, while you may be tempted to splurge on some new skincare products to get that bridal glow, it’s best to avoid first-time facials or any new beauty treatments that could lead to skin irritations or breakouts. Stick to the beauty regimen you know works for you to avoid any unwanted surprises.

2. Avoid Last-Minute DIY Projects

You might be tempted to take on that one last DIY project you saw on Pinterest, but now is not the time. Last-minute projects can lead to unnecessary stress and might not turn out as expected without adequate time to adjust or fix mistakes. Focus on wrapping up what you’ve already started and delegate if necessary.

3. Don’t Cram in More Guest List Additions

Resist the urge to add more people to your guest list at the last minute. Venues and caterers need final numbers ahead of time, and changing these can cause a lot of last-minute issues and added costs. Keep your guest list finalised as per your previous arrangements.

Cherylene and Mark’s Technicolour Disco-Dino Wedding at The Alkaff Mansion by Rolling Pie Pictures

4. Skip the Dramatic Dieting

Avoid starting any extreme diets the week before your wedding. Dramatic changes in your diet can affect your mood and energy levels, not to mention the fit of your dress or suit. Eat balanced meals and stay hydrated to look and feel your best.

5. Don’t Go Crazy on the Pre-Celebrations

Holding your bachelorette’s or stag’s party in the few days before the wedding? Don’t go overboard with the late night partying and alcohol consumption, or your hangover will prevent you from fully enjoying your wedding day. You don’t want sallow skin and panda eyes either!

6. Resist the Last-Minute Splurges or Changes

Stick to your plan and budget and avoid impulse buys or expensive additions in the days leading up to the wedding. Put down the Pinterest boards and stop exploring the endless options online. You’ve spent months planning your wedding; don’t change the colour palette in the week before the wedding just because the algorithm showed you one viral post!



7. Avoid Heavy Lifting and Risky Activities

It’s important to stay safe and avoid any activities that could cause injuries. Steer clear of heavy lifting and potentially risky activities that could lead to bruises or worse. Don’t start a new workout regimen that your body isn’t accustomed to, or suddenly lift heavy weights that could cause an injury. Your health and safety are paramount as you near the big day.

Sandy and Weilun’s Stunning Pre-Wedding Adventure in Sumba by Kael from Darren and Jade Photography

8. Don’t Neglect Sleep

While it might be tempting to stay up late finishing tasks or celebrating pre-wedding events, make sure to get plenty of rest. Sleep is crucial to your well-being and will help you enjoy your wedding day to the fullest.

9. Don’t Listen to Unsolicited Advice

In these final moments, don’t be swayed by external opinions on a last-minute addition to the wedding speeches, or let naysayers make you doubt yourself on your wedding march-in song choice. Listening to unsolicited advice amidst last-minute jitters can have you unravelling your carefully made plans in the heat of the moment. You’ve spent a long time perfecting your wedding with your spouse-to-be. Stick to the decisions you’ve made as a couple.

10. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Things might not go exactly as planned, and that’s okay. Try not to sweat the small stuff. Focus on the joy of the occasion and the celebration of your love. Remember, it’s about the marriage, not just the wedding day.

By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can keep your final week before the wedding as stress-free as possible. Focus on taking care of yourself and enjoying the anticipation of one of the most memorable days of your life. Here’s to a joyful and serene celebration!


Credits: Feature image from Grace and Nik’s Modern Oriental Tea Ceremony and Ethereal White Wedding at The Apurva Kempinski Bali by Iluminen

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The Final Countdown: What Not to Do the Week Before Your Wedding