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15 Simple Yet Vital Things You MUST Avoid The Week Before Your Wedding

You have been planning your wedding for several months now, and it is natural that you want everything to be perfect. With just a week left before your big day, things are coming to a climactic moment before all the pieces fall in place. At the same time, you would want to engage in a number of frivolous activities, because after all, it is your last week as a single woman. Going crazy is probably right on top of your list now. But in order to ensure everything goes as planned and there aren’t any unforeseen disasters to be dealt with, there are some things that you should actively avoid the week before one of the most important days of your life.

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Things to avoid the week before wedding

1. Do not chop off your locks

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You might have been planning to get a haircut for a really long time. However, if you have waited till a week before your wedding, you can postpone your plans a little further, because this is not the time to experiment with your hair. Things might go horribly wrong and seven days is not enough time to let it grow out before you can get a proper haircut again.

2. Do not experiment with your hair color

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This is another beauty experiment that you have to steer clear of. By this time, you must have picked out your wedding dress, your veil, and other accessories. If you decide to change any aspect of your appearance after that, it might affect your overall look, with possibly disastrous results. It is best if you stick to what you had planned and are comfortable with. At most, you can ask your stylist to add some extra gloss or shine or bounce to your tresses. After the wedding, you will be free to do whatever you please.

3. Do not try spray tans

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You might want to look exotic and beautiful on the day of your wedding, but spray tan booths are not the way to go as a last-minute resort. Although it is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to get that tanned glow for your body, there are chances that it might go horribly wrong, and that is something you don’t want on the week before your wedding. Your skin might look discolored, and it might even break out in allergies or rashes. Might as well avoid the whole thing.

4. Do not try out new makeup products


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You might want to glow and indulge in your beauty treatment the week before your wedding, but you have to control yourself and not get carried away. There are a lot of beauty products that might tempt you, and some that you have been waiting to try out for a really long time, but this is not the time to experiment. Stick to what you are comfortable with, and you will still look your beautiful best.

5. Do not change the way you do your makeup

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In an attempt to look extra special on their big day, brides tend to go overboard with their makeup routines. You might think it is a good idea to try out the latest makeup products and peels and other dermabrasions, but in reality, doing so might mess with the natural composition of your skin. If you experiment on your skin during this critical time, by the time it is your wedding day, you will have a layer of dead skin on your face, which will definitely affect the makeup you had originally planned.

6. Do not indulge in alcohol

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Even if you may be fond of having a glass of wine with every meal, or a pint of beer now and then, it is best if you try to abstain at least one week before your wedding. There are a good number of reasons why, not the least being that any form of alcohol contains a ton of calories, and you don’t want to look like a muffin on your wedding day. Also, alcohol makes your face and your gait seem tired and reluctant, and you need to look and feel energetic and fresh for your wedding.

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7. Do not rely heavily on caffeine

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I know that at this moment, a nice cup of coffee – or several, for that matter – feels like the only thing you need to help you handle the stress. No matter how tempted you are, you have to cut down on your caffeine intake, because although it might give you energy for the time being, it will be disastrous for your bridal beauty on the big day itself.

8. Do not depend on juice cleanses

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I mean, yeah, fruit juice is supposed to be really good for your health, and it is supposed to act as a detox treatment for the body. You might think that planning your diet around natural juices will help you look gorgeous, but in reality, you will end up looking tired and feeling irritable. This is because it is not only high in sugars, but they also have very little caloric content, and you will end up whining and cribbing from feeling drained.

9. Do not indulge in salty, sweet, fizzy eatables

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There are a number of food products that you have to avoid on the week before your wedding. Just like introducing new things in your diet can harm you, keeping some things as they are can also have adverse effects. Whether it is cheese, or excess sugar, or raw vegetables, or even seemingly inconsequential things like gum, you have to actively try to avoid anything that could potentially sabotage your health and well-being, so that you can look and feel gorgeous on your wedding day.

10. Do not mess up your diet routine

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You might want to start a new diet program immediately so that you look gorgeous in your dress. However, if you suddenly change your food habits, then it might affect your overall health. Your body might not be able to handle the pressure, and you might fall sick on the day of your wedding, which is something you really don’t want to deal with.

11. Do not enroll in a new workout routine

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Everyone wants to look slender and in shape on their wedding day. However, do not embark on a weight loss program a week before wedding. If you have never worked out, it is important to understand that sudden, strenuous physical activity can leave you sore and tired for days on end. You have to give your body time to get used to it. For pre-nuptial stress relief, a quick run or power yoga is all you need.

12. Do not try out DIY projects

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You might want to constantly help out with your wedding prep, hanging up lanterns and making bows and other forms of crafts and arts, in order to help make your wedding look perfect. However, engaging in do-it-yourself projects can put unnecessary strain on you. If you feel that you cannot handle all the work, ask your bridesmaids and your friends to help you out, while you focus all your attention on taking care of yourself before the upcoming wedding day.

13. Do not pull all-nighters

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I know that your wedding is probably one of the most exciting events in your life, and you want to stay up all night finalizing the plans and seating charts and the like, but do try to get some sleep. Being an insomniac one week before wedding is not going to help your cause. When you get a good night’s rest for at least seven days straight, you feel fresh, active, and vital on your wedding day, and you don’t have to look up the best way to hide those bags and/or dark circles under your eyes.

14. Do not take on unnecessary stress

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You might be all nerves and butterflies in your tummy before your big day, but you have to stop taking on unnecessary stress and strain. Go out with your girls or take time out to pamper yourself, and more importantly, enjoy the whole process of preparing and waiting for your wedding, rather than stressing out about it. It will make your wedding day seem much more exciting and beautiful.

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15. Do not stay away from your friends and family


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In an attempt to take care of everything and make all the arrangements, you might forget to spend the last week of your single life with the people who have been closest to you all your life. However, it is very important to go out of your way to make them feel special, important, and included. Spending time with them will even help you deal with the stress and the nerves.

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15 Things To Avoid The Week Before Wedding
The week before wedding is admittedly stressful and hectic. But, to look your best on your big day, you MUST avoid these 15 things - at all costs!
Rayne Carruth

Rayne Carruth

"All I can be is me - whoever that is." 20-something writer, still trying to figure it out, forever in love with cheesy rom-coms, and 19th century poetry.