What Not to Do the Day before Your Wedding

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Wedding planning can get pretty hectic, especially as the big day approaches. You may find yourself rushing around, running out of time, with a to-do list a mile long before you can walk down the aisle. If that sounds like what you’re going through, I have two words of advice: first, see what tasks you have left can be delegated to your bridesmaid and parents. Second, make sure your to-do list does not include any of these line items:


Odds are, the groom likes your skin just fine. He won’t mind if it’s the same color on the day of the wedding as it was the day before. If you try and get a real tan right before the wedding, you may end up rocking a sunburn all through your ceremony, pictures, and reception. If you go for a fake tan, you’re going to have at least one big brown hand-print on your nice white gown. It’s just not worth the risk.


Whether it’s getting rid of a mustache, getting your eyebrows shaped, or taking care of the down-there bits, there are plenty of times you’ll be tempted to get waxed right before the wedding. Do you and everyone else a favor and either do it a week in advance or wait until the honeymoon’s over to get it done. You don’t want to show up all red and blotchy in your pictures, or have your only memory of the ceremony be how uncomfortable your underwear was.


You may get your hair styled on the day of your wedding, but we can’t stress enough that you should not go for any drastic changes in hairstyle right before the big day. One slip from your hairstylist of choice and you could be walking down the aisle with tissue paper stuck to the wound on the bald right side of your head, blowing your extra-long bangs out of your eyes and feeling slightly ridiculous.

Trying New Foods

Sure, you’ve been dying to try that Indian restaurant that just opened last weekend. You’d like to go there, culinary adventurer that you are, but you’ve never been able to justify the expense--until the rehearsal dinner. Unfortunately, you’re allergic to cumin, a spice that is found in large quantities in Indian food. Now the wedding’s postponed, the wedding party is all inflated like gaseous balloons, and you’re wishing you could undo the whole thing. The day before the wedding isn’t a time to get adventurous with your diet.

Go Out Partying

While this one should be pretty obvious for the most part, you’d be surprised at how often we hear about brides or grooms breaking this rule. Most people are smart enough not to show up to their wedding with a nasty hangover, but there are plenty of other pitfalls you may stumble upon while partying. Playing with some sparklers at a summer party may seem harmless enough, but if you burn your hand and need to head to the hospital it can ruin your entire day. Just avoid doing anything out of the ordinary and you should be okay for your wedding day celebration.

Change Your Skincare Routine

Say you have a blemish that just won’t go away, no matter how you scrub, so the day before the wedding you decide to try a new type of body wash to help. But it turns out you have a bad reaction to the chemicals in the new body wash, and now you’re still stuck with the blemish and have the added bonus of a case of hives to liven up your wedding photo.

Basically, if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you don’t need a tan or a more worldly palate or a new lotion to keep your guests engaged and your fiancĂ©e swooning at your wedding. So don’t go changing anything vital the day before the wedding, or you might end up taking something that was just fine about you and making it much, much worse.

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