Your wedding day is arguably one of the most important days of your life, and with such a long list of things to take care of, it’s no wonder those few days leading up to your wedding can be filled with stress and chaos. So, if you don’t want to be overwhelmed with your responsibilities and you want to make sure your big day is a happy and stress-free occasion, here are some things you should cross off of your to-do list:

Make time for one last try-out

Prepare Yourself for Your Wedding Day

To avoid any potential problems, you should pick up your wedding dress in advance, but don’t just leave it hanging in your closet until your big day. Try it on one last time, together with your shoes and the jewelry, to get the real feel of the whole look and to make sure you are truly happy with it. A great idea would be to move around, walk up and down your house, or even do a few dance moves to ensure the dress feels comfortable and that everything sits just right.

Test drive your hair and makeup

No matter how skilled you are, it’s always best to leave your hair and makeup to the professionals, to ensure everything looks perfect on such an important day. Thankfully, with websites such as Find Book Beauty, the perfect hairstylist and makeup artist are just a few clicks away. But apart from booking professionals for your wedding day, make sure to schedule a hair and makeup trial a week before the big day as well, to ensure everything looks just as you’ve imagined and to relieve yourself of some of the bridal stresses.

Break in your shoes

Unless they are your ‘something old’ item, the shoes you have chosen for your wedding day are most likely still in the box. Since you’ll be wearing them for the whole day during your ceremony and reception, a good idea would be to break them in to avoid any blisters and chafes on your big day. Whether you decide to wear them around the house to get used to them or you opt for some alternative methods, just make sure they are comfortable enough for all-day wear.

Pack a handy clutch

Having a small and practical clutch with you is a great idea – it’s a cute accessory that perfectly complements any wedding dress and a true lifesaver when it comes to touching up your makeup during such an emotional day. But apart from your makeup essentials, don’t forget to pack some wet wipes in your clutch as well. They’re ideal for cleaning the dirt off of your shoes and the bottom of your wedding dress, or even the stains that may occur during the meal. Just pay attention to the material of your wedding gown and make sure it can handle some vigorous wiping and rubbing.

Prepare yourself mentally

Prepare yourself mentally

In order to stay calm and avoid any unnecessary stresses during your big day, try to tackle all of your tasks and responsibilities early on, and make sure your schedule is completely cleaned out at least a couple of days before the wedding. Try to take some time alone before the bustle begins to reflect and properly take in everything that’s about to happen. Whether you decide to take a long, relaxing bath, practice some calming yoga or visit a spa center for some bridal pampering, this ‘me time’ will clear your mind and help you stay calm and centered throughout the whole experience.

Once you have all of these preparations in place, all that’s left to do is relax and enjoy your special day with your loved ones.