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The final countdown to your big day is super exciting but can also be a crazy roller coaster of emotions. Being a glowing goddess on your way to the aisle can be as simple as kicking old traditions. And embracing the ‘S’ word. Yep, we mean being selfish. You are the bride after all. If not now, then when?
Have a healthy hens
Guess what? There is actually no rule that says it’s a rule you have to get embarrassingly drunk before you get hitched. Surprising, I know! While it’s always fun to let down your hair and go wild with your girlfriends, remember alcohol is a depressant. And if your wedding is just around the corner a big night on the booze could set you back in the wellbeing department.
Active hens parties are fast becoming really popular amongst health conscience brides. Take your girls for a surf lesson, biking, SUPing, hiking or horse riding to name a few fun options. Pack a delicious healthy picnic and enjoy a special day amongst nature with your closest mates. Not only will you remember all the fun when you wake up, you won’t feel like you’ve aged 30 years either. Easing off or avoiding alcohol in the lead up to your big day makes a big difference to the appearance of your skin and eyes. It will significantly help balance moods and the way you deal with pressure.
Schedule in ‘you’ time
This is the one time in your life you should be really strict with your wellness and put yourself first. Scheduling daily “you time” is your most important commitment of all. Even if it’s just an hour to have a massage, sit alone at a cafe, spend time in nature or to connect with your fiance (with no wedding talk), you will be much calmer and happier for it. Plus, it will help keep skin under control to avoid any stress related breakouts. Write it in your diary and tell people you have an important appointment. It is after all.
Food for thought
Everyone says the top two most important things that create a memorable wedding are food and music. No offence to standard wedding catering companies … But often they can be hit and miss with food and it lacks character and soul. Think outside the square and research chefs that specialise in wholefoods, raw, vegetarian or paleo cuisine and develop a menu with them. It’s something different and will be greatly appreciated by your guests because it is easy to tell when a meal is made with love. Have a fave healthy cafe? Ask them if they can supply food or come and cater. You will be surprised how many are flattered and interested in the idea. A healthy dessert station with refined sugar free desserts is also sure to be a big hit!
Roz and her husband Morné Morkel on their wedding day in South Africa. Image credit Instagram @roz_kelly