The weeks leading up to your big day are likely to be very hectic. As Aleisha previously discussed here on Bridechilla, it's normal to feel a little overwhelmed and anxious. However, with all that stress piling up, it's easy to forget that this wedding is yours to cherish and enjoy. And while your day is best shared with beloved family and friends, your wedding night is something else entirely. The end of months worth of planning and preparation marks a great celebration, but it also gives you a chance to wind down and take everything in: you and your partner are starting the rest of your lives together, after all. Just make sure not to forget these essential items to give you an evening to remember:
A good playlist
Cheesy playlists are often portrayed as a cliché in the movies, but don't write them off just yet. Having your favorite songs ready for your special night will ensure you have pleasant background music to make memories to. It also means less time spent fumbling around looking for songs to cut through the silence. If you're feeling stuck, Esquire has rounded up some of the best modern love songs to cap off your evening.
A comfortable set of pajamas
At this point, you've probably received some lingerie or silk underwear by your bridesmaids. However, don't overlook the importance of a nice comfortable pair of pajamas. At the end of a tiring wedding day, you don't want your sleep to be interrupted by lace riding up anywhere. The pajama sets featured on Woman Within are as comfortable as they are cute. The fit is just right to give you enough room to move, without being too baggy. So save those tatty loose shirts for later on.
Luxurious bath products
Many studies have proven the benefits of a good soak in the tub, such as boosting your mood and alleviating stress. With that in mind, don't you think your wedding night deserves the most pampering bath of your life?
This bubble bath from L'Occitane contains verbena extract, which is popular for its calming and moisturizing qualities. You can also use it in the morning — its citrus smell will immediately jumpstart your day.
Champagne and snacks
What better way to get into a celebratory mood than popping a bottle of bubbly? Make an intimate toast to your future with your champagne of choice. By doing this, it will also allow you to loosen up and let the adrenaline rush from the day simmer down. While you're at it, remember to pack some bedroom-friendly snacks, too. The Spruce Eats suggests light food like chocolate, honey, and fruit — scientifically proven to make you feel better.
Some relaxing scents
While flowers no doubt create a sentimental ambience, you'll need something a little stronger than that for a romantic scent that will last the night. Last year, the Danish concept of Hygge became the talk of the town for its emphasis on self-care and comfort.
Skandinavisk's 'Hygge' is the scented candle embodiment of that, with its tea notes and strawberry cake undertones translating to an atmosphere of warmth. But of course, you want a touch of romance, which is what the rose petals and mint notes are for.
About the author: Maggie Williams is a California-based stylist and fashion consultant with a degree in Communications. When she’s not working, Maggie enjoys surfing and going for runs with her dog, Lulu.
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