A wedding is touted to be the most important day in a couple’s life and it is no surprise that we are leaving behind the back garden shindig in favour of wedding weekends, multiple hen and stag do’s, bridal showers and engagement parties. The roster of events that run up to a wedding can be overwhelming and when you are in the midst of wedding season, with multiple nuptials in a few short months, it can seem almost impossible.
At Champneys, we have collated tips and tricks to see you through the pre-wedding preparations and yet another mildly amusing best man speech or bridesmaid breakdown.
Whether you have one wedding to attend, multiple events in a couple of months or you are looking forward to saying your own vows, knowing what is happening and when is an absolute life saver. This will make sure you don’t have any calendar clashes while still being able to build in some time for yourself. Boozy hen do’s or sugar laden brunches may eat into your weekend, but you can build your normal rituals to accommodate your normal exercise routine and not let that wedding diet slip away.
It will also help make sure you have gifts well ahead of schedule and if a crisis should occur you have time to prepare as opposed to lurching from event to event.
Though wedding season may not hit us properly until June, many events occur in the run up to the big day. With your trusty schedule you shouldn’t be caught short, but different events will require a different approach.
These are usually close to the proposal, but between short engagements and other events, you could find yourself sandwiching an engagement party between a host of other occasions. Traditionally engagement parties are held by the family of the bride or groom, though this may seem like a staid affair, there can be some heavy drinking so be sure to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated.
Bridal showers are often a low key or family orientated hen do, which can work in your favour! While a high tea at a lovely local stately house allows you to take a step back from the mimosa’s and opt for an infused tea and a light salad, it is also popular for the female family members and friends to go on a spa day. Knowing when this is scheduled not only allows you to enjoy the run up to your friend’s wedding, but also gives you an opportunity to spend time on your skin and yourself.
If you don’t have an event with a spa day involved, booking one is a must to look your best throughout the season. Whether you want to indulge in deep moisturizing treatments, or a focused facial, you will come out of it glowing and ready for anything.
Though the hen do is as unique as every bride, they often run towards high spirits and lots of alcohol. If you have friends and family that would love a wild night out, there are a couple of ways to keep your regime in check.
Staying hydrated is not a secret when it comes to great skin, but three cocktails in, you can quickly forget it. Having a glass of water every few beverages will help you keep your head and not feel too bad the next day.
If you are on a low sugar diet, it can be hard to find a drink that is not laden with the dreaded white stuff. Know your limits and stick to spirits and tonics (with water in between) and avoid anything fluorescently coloured. Poppy Dinsey described her own experience on her Hen Do:
“There were lots of horribly coloured shots and I allowed myself a WKD Blue ‘as a treat’ (real classy) and yet we still found groups of men applauding us on being a relatively well-to-do group of ladies.”
Don’t punish yourself – after a late one on the town, the need to cram in as much as possible for the rest of your weekend is tempting. However your body needs sleep and making sure you get a full eight hours rest will help you look your best.
When the big day rolls round, there is a lot of pressure for everyone to be looking their best, having fun and most importantly- not be late! Knowing the order of the day (or weekend) will help you pace yourself.
If there is an outside portion of the day, watching the weather may ruin your prefect outfit choice, but it is better than being too cold! Pack an extra layer (shawls are a girl’s best friend and they can tie on your handbag strap) and keep a travel sun cream in your bag or the car so you are not burnt for the next event.
There is nothing worse than heels that are stuck in the grass, you can’t move and it will ruin the shoes! If there is a lawn, wedges are your friends but make sure you pack flats later to save yourself from aches and blisters.