How to Spend the Night Before Your Wedding

Oh, the night before the big day. Depending on your personality, it can be full of jitters, full of sleepover fun with your wedding party, or full of quietness. However you see yours playing out, there are some things to keep in mind so you can have a stress-free wedding! We are excited to have Meghan of OFD Consulting today giving some great advice on how to make use of the 24 hours before. So grab your notebook to jot down some important details and get ready to learn from past experience!

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The day of your wedding will be one of the most joyous days of your life, but it could also stand to be one of your busiest if you aren’t too careful. With all of the hustle and bustle of the Big Day, it’s important to spend the night before your wedding focusing on yourself and preparing (both physically and mentally!) for the exciting celebration to come. While everybody has different plans for the night before, here are some top ways to ensure that you’re well rested and ready to go in the morning.

Cross your t’s and dot your i’s

This is your chance to run through your list of to-dos, one last time. Set aside an hour or so to make sure everything is running smoothly, check in with your planner, and double-check your calendar for the next day. While you’re at it, set aside all of the things you’ll need in one place – your dress, your shoes, accessories, and anything else that will be going with you in the morning. That will make your wakeup call much easier to deal with!

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Don’t push anything off to the last minute

Trust me – you don’t want to spend the day before your wedding rushing the last-minute DIY projects or shopping for the guestbook you didn’t consider. “The most important thing is don’t procrastinate!” stresses Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services. “It will be easier to relax if you know you have everything taken care of. Go to bed early- you have a long day ahead of you. Do something that you like to do- whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, having a drink, watching a movie…whatever! Get your alone time in, because after the wedding you’ll never be alone again!”

Photography: Meredith Ryncarz Photography
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Take some time to reflect

The following day will be life-changing, so take some alone time the night before to really think about your future and get excited for what lies ahead. Consider writing a letter to your partner or journaling about how you feel – those precious hours are ones you’ll want to look back on for years to come. Let the excitement run through you – this is the day you’ve been waiting for!

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Ditch the phone

Whether you’re spending the night alone or with your wedding party, it’s important to have your boundaries and designate a point of contact. By the night before your wedding, there’s little you can do but have faith that everything will turn out just right and spend your last night unwinding and relaxing! “It's essential to disconnect from the world,” urges Paula Ramirez of Historic Mankin Mansion. “When you've wrapped up any last minute to do's, send your partner a sweet goodnight text and give your phone to a best friend or family member. You'll be available to enjoy your last hours with your wedding party and will sleep much easier without the pressure of checking up on any last-minute details.”

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Allow yourself a break

You’ve labored over your wedding for months – it’s time to let yourself breathe! Take a step back and enjoy your last day as a fiancĂ©(e). “Do something non-wedding related,” encourages Fabrice Orlando of Cocoon Events Management Group. “The day before your wedding can be an overwhelming feeling with a lot of anticipation, so take a couple hours out of the day to do something that will get your mind completely off of it. Whether it's shopping, seeing a movie or going for a hike, your mind will appreciate the break.”

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Regardless of your plans, the most important thing is that you get to bed early – you will want your sleep before the next day! Makeup can cover dark circle and under eye bags, but you definitely won’t want to feel sleepy or out of sorts for your special celebration. Relax, catch some Z’s, and get your energy ready for the Big Day!

- Meghan

Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding PR and wedding marketing firm, OFD Consulting. Ely is a sought-after speaker, adjunct professor in the field of public relations, and a self-professed royal wedding enthusiast.