It is fitting that every bride wants to be the very best version of herself from the inside out, on her wedding day. Getting married is more than the cameras, more than the beautiful dresses – it is a new chapter in your life. Surrounded by your family and friends as they witness your union with your husband, you will definitely want to look and feel your most radiant and beautiful on this special day, a day that will be immortalised in your memory as perhaps the most important day of your life. I know I did.
So, I really wanna share how I felt as I went through the process of getting ready for my wedding, cos my fellow brides or brides-to-be, I believe you may feel the same as I did.
I’m here to share my personal tips that I lived by in the run-up to my own wedding last month. At the end of it all, I felt truly blessed and joyful to have married the love of my life, and that to me, is the most important. I hope you’ll find my tips useful in preparing for your own big day!
- Begin preparing early
Some brides don’t prioritise their wellbeing from early on, or perhaps to put it more accurately, they’re simply unable to do so. With SO MANY THINGS to settle for the wedding day, it is no wonder that taking care of ourselves is really not even on our radars. And that’s totally understandable. But ladies, please remember not to neglect yourselves, cos remember that you wanna look the best you can for such an important day! After all, your wedding day is the start of your new life as husband and wife and you want to begin this on the right foot.
So, you need plenty of time and a solid plan to help you get there. Do also try your best to enjoy the process too even though it may seem impossible, with the million and one things that need to be done before the big day. To help you enjoy the entire process as best as you can, I really suggest starting early. That would give you a longer lead time to getting all your things settled and you will have more breathing space to try to fit in a wellness plan.
I personally, started quite early on; about 6 months prior to my wedding, I had an exercise plan in place where I got myself a personal trainer to keep my progress in check. I was really fortunate to be able to work with my dad’s friend, who is really inspiring in his fitness journey – having participated in and coming in second in a bodybuilding competition last year at the amazing age of 61! I did a mix of boxing, cardio or weights with my trainer once or twice a week, depending on my schedule. I also tried to do a weekly T25 workout, or go for a walk or run once a week. And this is my favourite part: Roy and I would exercise together on the weekend, for a perfect way (in my books) to end my exercise schedule for the week.
I also stepped up my game about 2.5 months before the big day, adding treatments into my exercise plan at a frequency of 2 to 3 times a week. This was on top of my exercise schedule. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but I wanted to do my best in the lead-up to the big day, so I could feel my best from the inside.
- Be conscientious and dedicated about what you do
There is really no substitute for hard work, especially when it is getting into the best shape of your life for your most important day. I really gave it my all in those months leading up to the big day, with a packed schedule comprising exercise and treatments on top of having to keep up with work. It was a commitment I am glad I made cos it was definitely worth all the sweat!
I also urge my fellow brides to be very conscious about what you eat. I reminded myself that you cannot exercise away a bad meal! For me, I generally ate everything as per normal, but I paid attention to the desserts I ate and I also controlled my portion sizes. This is especially important cos when you are on a stringent exercise regime, you need to eat right to keep up your energy levels.
I tried to be conscientious about going for treatments at least 2 to 3 times each week, sometimes even undergoing 2 treatments back-to-back for maximum efficacy. My team also worked hard with me to ensure I was getting the right treatments at the right time, discussing with me my needs and goals as we formulated the best strategy for my body based on my body analysis results.
I started out with the Royal Flush treatments to detox and flush out toxins, to create a clean slate for me to work with and get my engine revving. Flush would be the base I built all my later treatments on, as it ensured my body is kept as free from toxins as possible, hence helping to make subsequent treatments more effective. From there, I then added multipolar and 4K treatments to my Flush treatment schedule, and I did so for about 1 or 2 times a week, to tone my arms, waist and thighs.
I highly recommend drinking lots of water and eating cleanly (ie. clean soups with less salt, and more veggies), as your body will be “heaty” after the multipolar treatments. I had forgotten to drink enough water after the treatments and had also fallen sick in the weeks prior to my wedding day from the stress of everything I had on my plate – a situation I think many brides may identify with, so I would really recommend you ladies to remember to hydrate yourselves properly when you do these treatments.
Lastly, I added the Ginger Coffee Scrub and Coffee Flush Scrub treatments, which really helped fight my bloat. At that time, I was really bloated from consuming so much fruit and veggies, so these treatments helped reduce my belly bloat significantly. The heat from the ginger really made me sweat it out and helped my blood circulate smoothly, and I felt it was well worth the discomfort of the treatment as I felt really light after, with no more bloating. Truly, some things are worth some pain!
- Be happy!
Through it all, my best advice would be to remember why you are doing all this – because you want to look your best for the HAPPIEST day of your life. So do everything with a glad heart and a positive attitude.
No doubt, the Lymphatic Drainage massages was my favourite part of my treatment plan. These helped me to relax and unwind whenever the stress of the wedding preparation felt like it was getting to me, to help me refocus and remember to approach everything with joy.
I actually really enjoyed myself throughout the whole wedding prep process, cos at the end of this prep journey, I would get to celebrate spending the rest of my life with the love of my life. To me, there could be absolutely no greater reward! I had so much fun at our pre-wedding photoshoot in Florence, I just could not help but eat so much pasta and pizza in spite of my diet plan! At my gown fitting after the shoot, my tailor sternly warned me that I had to be careful of my eating cos my gown had a really fitted waist!
So in the end, I guess my best tip to round everything up is to marry the person you love. Cos that is the single most effective ingredient for that radiance and beauty that emanates from a happy, joyful bride. 🙂