It’s no secret that weddings can be stressful, so in the week leading up to your wedding, what can you do to keep stress levels down and spirits high?

Here are our top 10 tips for a stress-free wedding week.

Make sure the dress fits

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The first and most important thing you should at the beginning of the wedding week is check your dress!

So many brides forget to do this, either because they are too busy or simply just forget. No matter how busy you are, you should make time for this as early on as possible. That way, if there is anything that needs to be changed, you can get it sorted well before the ceremony. Avoiding any last minute stresses.

Break in your shoes

You might be worried about getting them dirty but wearing in your shoes is pretty much a necessity. Even if you are just wearing them indoors for a couple of evenings whilst you do the washing up, you’ll still notice a huge difference come the big day.

Check your wedding itinerary

By finalising your itinerary, you can ensure that you have everything timed to perfection. Remember to be realistic when planning and leave room for error. No one has a flawless wedding day, so don’t fool yourself into thinking it will all go perfectly.

Plan your rehearsal dinner a couple of days before

TWedding Rehersals for a stress free weddingo minimise stress the night before your ceremony, avoid having any rehearsals the night before.

There’s nothing wrong with having your rehearsal dinner a few nights before and it will give you time to have a quiet, private dinner with your partner before all the hustle and bustle starts.

Create a ceremony seating plan

Most people want to have their favourite family members at the front of the ceremony, so rather than letting everyone pile in however they like, create a plan that can be implemented by a family member or friend. Doing this ahead of time will save stress and get everyone in without any mishaps.

Dish out responsibilities to other people

You might feel the need to greet your guests and show them around personally on your big day but that’s not always realistic. Instead, ask a couple of people (who you trust) to greet people as they arrive or show them to their rooms. This will take a huge weight off of your mind and leave you to focus on all the other important elements of your wedding.

Indulge in some pampering

You’ll probably start to feel a bit stressed out on the days leading up to your wedding and that’s pretty normal. To combat this you should take some time out, either by yourself or with your bridesmaids, and indulge in some well-deserved pampering.

Try going for a massage, facial or a mani/pedi, it doesn’t matter how you pamper yourself, just make sure you do!

Pay off your wedding bills in advance

If you’ve got any outstanding costs from your wedding (flowers, dress, decorations etc.), get them all paid off before your wedding day to minimise stress. You want your day to be as relaxed as possible and that’s not always easy to do with unpaid bills looming over your head.

Get a good night’s sleep

You might be full of excitement but it pays to get a good night’s sleep before your big day. Have a light dinner, relaxing bath and get wrapped up nice and early so you can get in those full 8 hours of beauty sleep.

Remember why you’re doing it

Amid all the stress and chaos leading up to your wedding, you can sometimes lose sight of why you’re doing it.

During your wedding week, remind yourself once every day why you are getting married and what it means to you. Doing this can often make the stress seem less significant and help your wedding to be a more joyous occasion.