We all know how difficult it can be to fall asleep when you’ve got a lot on your mind and chances are that there will be plenty to think about the night before your wedding. In fact, there’s a good chance that you may have more than a few restless nights leading up to the big day. After all, so much goes into the planning process.
The thing is, take it from us as longtime NY & NJ wedding videographers, no matter what else you do to relieve stress and relax, losing too much sleep will render it all pointless and no bride nor groom should lack energy on their wedding day. So, we thought we’d pass on a few tips for ensuring that you’re rested and ready once your big day arrives.
1. Bring some of your “home” along with you.
First off, if you’re going to be spending the eve of your wedding outside of your home, then bringing some of that home along with you is key. Whether you bring your own pajamas or slippers, your favorite pillow(s) or blanket, a picture of your spouse-to-be, your favorite movie, etc., things like that will go a long way toward making you feel comfortable.
It’ll lend whatever room or place at which you’re staying the night before your big day a more personal touch. Yes, there are plenty of people out there who have no issues sleeping at hotels and the like, but there are plenty who don’t and the truth is that the night before your wedding is no ordinary evening.
Even those who normally feel perfectly comfortable in hotel rooms and have no problems falling asleep in them could have a different experience on the eve of their wedding. So, regardless of how you normally sleep outside of your house, bring along a few key “home” items with you if you’re going to be doing it the night before your wedding day.
2. Eat & exercise early.
Look, we get it. There usually tend to be at least a few things left to take care of the day before the wedding, so adding a workout to the mix probably seems like a little much, but you’d be surprised at how much it can help. Even if you have to get up a little early that day before, getting out and going for a walk, run, hike, bike ride, etc., can be just what you need.
Why? Well, it’ll help to relieve some of that inherent last-minute stress, but that’s not all it will do. It’ll also boost your energy and keep you going and if you do have any last-minute tasks to care of, then that energy will come in handy. From there, though, a little early exercise will be a big help when it comes to resting and falling asleep later that night.
On that note, once that night before arrives, it can be difficult to eat with all the emotions and nerves floating in the air, which is why it’s also always a good idea to eat an early dinner on your wedding eve. That way, you can get some food and fuel down for tomorrow and can then focus on simply winding down that night.
3. Let it go, it’s too late anyway!
Again, it’s practically impossible to completely avoid thinking about your wedding the night before. Honestly, who wouldn’t? But the truth is that those kinds of thoughts will always rob you of much-needed sleep, and not just on the eve of the big day, either, which is why you may want to set a nightly time for all wedding-related talk to cease leading up to your wedding.
No matter what, just avoid it after that time at all costs and as far as the actual night before, try to remember that there’s most likely nothing you can do at that point anyway. Now, you wouldn’t want to forget something pertinent to your celebration or anything like that obviously, but trust us, you would’ve remembered something that important by now.
So, try to just let it all go. If that requires mediation, certain music, etc., then go for it. Hopefully, you can take comfort in the fact that you’ve done your best during the planning process to put together the best possible celebration. Now, it’s time to put it all out of your mind so that you can get some rest, wake up, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
You can never have too many tips when it comes to getting rested & ready for your wedding.
Look, we could also tell you to avoid things like alcohol and caffeine too late on your wedding eve, but tips like those are a given. Of course you don’t want to be up all night jittery or drinking before your wedding day, no more than you want to wake up that next morning still in recovery mode. That won’t help matters much, but just because there are some obvious and necessary omissions when it comes to your wedding eve, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t also some tricks to the trade that can actually help.
The three tips discussed above are just that and we sincerely hope they help so that upon waking up on your wedding day, you’re fully rested and ready to take it all in. Enjoy and for more on getting better sleep before your big day, check out this great post from Brides.com, 9 Tips to Improve Your Sleep and Get Super Rested for Your Wedding Day.
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