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4 Things to Steer Clear of the Week Before Your Wedding

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

If you’re like most brides, you’ve probably spent the last several weeks, months, or even years preparing for your wedding. With the big day now right around the corner, you may be tempted to push wedding prep into overdrive, but that can (and often does) backfire. To avoid unexpected snags, surprises, and drama on your special day, use the helpful tips below from the wedding experts at Grace Manor Events wedding venue in Fort Worth, TX on what to do – and what not to do – the week of your wedding.

It's wedding week!

Things are finally coming together. You’ve had your final dress fitting, family and friends have started arriving, and your head count is locked in – now what? After spending months making all of your wedding day preparations, you may be left feeling a bit lost without a daily to-do list that goes on for miles. Instead of dreaming up new things you should or could be doing, try to relax and enjoy watching all of your hard work paying off. That’s not to say you should spend the week twiddling your thumbs or Netflix-bingeing the days away, but there are a few things you definitely should not do in the downtime leading up to your wedding – some of which can lead to not-so-great memories that will last a lifetime.

What not to do the week before your wedding

Four of the most common wedding week pitfalls that can ruin your big day (read: Do NOT, under any circumstances, do these four things!) are:

1. Making major changes to your appearance

You only get one opportunity to take your wedding photos – some of

the most important and cherished pictures you’ll ever have taken. Not only that, but you only get one opportunity to walk down the aisle and have that oh-so-special “first look” moment with your partner. Most brides spend countless time, money, and effort to look their best for the occasion, and a single misstep – or a whim – can undo all of that preparation. Whatever you do the week of your wedding, don’t make drastic changes to your appearance, such as:
  • Coloring your hair

  • Cutting your hair into a significantly different style or length

  • Getting eyelash extensions for the first time (some people have severe allergic reactions and swelling)

  • Using cosmetic injectables

  • Undergoing a harsh skin treatment, like a chemical peel or microneedling

  • Tanning with a new product or provider

2. Crash dieting

Juice cleanses, diet pills, and extended fasting may help you lose a few extra pounds ahead of your big day, but these extreme dieting measures can also drain your energy and cause potentially embarrassing and uncomfortable gastrointestinal issues. In some cases, brides have even found that last-minute crash dieting caused their perfectly tailored dress to be too loose on the day of their wedding, with no time for further alterations. Keep yourself looking and feeling your best by maintaining a consistent diet and exercise routine all the way up until go-time.

3. Partying too hard

You’re off work, all your best girlfriends are in town, and it’s your last chance to go out on the town as a single girl. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of indulgence, but don’t give in to the temptation of staying out all night and taking one-too-many shots – both of which can lead to wedding week weight gain, acne flare-ups, fatigue, stress, and – in the worst of cases – maybe even a night or two in jail.

4. Rocking the family boat

The week of your wedding is not the time to start (or get involved in) family drama – something

that has ruined countless weddings going back to *probably* the beginning of time. It’s normal to want everything to be perfect the day of your wedding, but if – God forbid – your mother-in-law wears a too-close-to-white dress or your loud-mouthed uncle has a few too many glasses of Merlot at the rehearsal dinner and makes a comment that doesn’t sit well with you, do everything you can to just let it go. If it’s serious enough, you can address it after the wedding, but chances are good that you’ll have long forgotten about whatever it was once you are sipping margaritas on the beach as a new wifey. Unless it’s life or death, don’t risk a family blow-up that will cast a dark cloud over your wedding memories for years to come.

Make sure your Fort Worth wedding goes off without a hitch

Now that you know what not to do the week of your wedding, you may wonder what things you should be doing. First and foremost, enjoy every second of this once-in-a-lifetime experience with your friends, your family, and – of course – your fiancé or fiancée. If you’re worried about tying up loose ends, confirming vendors, and adjusting your seating chart, call in a professional to help keep things on track so that you can focus on what really matters. To learn more about the full suite of wedding day services we offer to make your dream wedding a reality, call Grace Manor Events in Ft. Worth, TX to speak with one of our award-winning wedding experts today.



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