5 Things Every Groom Should Do on His Wedding Day

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When it comes to what a groom needs to do on his wedding day, there’s more to his to-do list than get dressed, show up on time, and, well, get married! While that’s obviously necessary, there are other things a groom should consider on his big day. For starters, it’s a huge milestone in his life so he doesn’t want to feel rushed or stressed, and he certainly wants to remember every detail as much as possible. In order to have the best wedding day ever, here are five crucial things that every groom needs to do before he says “I do.”

1. Set Your Alarm

It sounds easy enough and maybe to some it’s an obvious task, but with all the pre-wedding events and jitters, setting an alarm might be forgotten. Not only is it important to wake up on time for the ceremony, but you also want to give yourself enough time to de-stress, eat some good food, and allow yourself to be your best self for the day ahead. In other words, don’t set your alarm until the very last minute you have to be at the church or wedding venue. Give yourself a few hours to fully wake up and get mentally and physically prepared.

2. Eat Some Nutritious Food

You’ve got a busy day and night ahead of you, which means you want to be properly fueled and nourished in order to keep the energy train moving. Most people recall not eating much before or even during their own wedding, and that’s not healthy. If you don’t have enough good food in your body, how else are you going to greet all your guests and have the energy to dance the night away? Ensure you have a breakfast filled with low-fat protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Try an omelette with fresh veggies, avocado, and whole grain toast. And don’t forget to snack throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level from dipping. Some dried fruit and nuts will do the trick. You definitely don’t want to be hangry on your wedding day!

3. Exercise

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Even if you don’t have time to do a full workout at the gym or at home, spend at least 20 to 30 minutes doing something physical, whether that’s going for a walk or run around the block, lifting a few weights, or even doing some yoga in your living room. Exercise is a natural stress reliever, and it’s a great way to center yourself. You’ll clear your head and feel energized so you’re able to show up calm and collected as well as be able to physically last throughout the (long) day ahead of you.

4. Spend Time With Your Wedding Party

A group of groomsmen having fun outside in their suits.

This is the day you’re saying goodbye to your single self. Your best friends and family have been with you through the ups and downs of life, so spending a little time with them before you make it official with your bride is a wonderful tribute to the bond you share with each other. Use your wedding prep time together wisely. No, this isn’t time to down as many shots as possible before the ceremony—but it is a time to be with your tribe and let loose and have a little fun. It’ll ease your nerves, and it’ll be an awesome memory to share.

5. Write Down Some Notes (and Send One to Your Bride)

Your wedding day will definitely feel like a blur. As much as you try, it’ll be difficult to recall later each detail and emotion about what you’re experiencing—which is why it’s a good idea to jot down some notes before the ceremony. How are you feeling? What’s running through your mind? What are you most looking forward to? This is also a great time to write a short letter to your soon-to-be bride. Fill it with reasons why you love her and how much you’re excited to spend the rest of your lives together. It’ll serve as a wonderful memory to look back on, and something that will help remind you of your special day and the love you share when you’re old and grey.

Your wedding day can be stressful and busy at times, but if you ensure that you’re taking care of yourself, spending quality time with your loved ones, while also acknowledging this beautiful day with your partner, you’ll be more than prepared to have the best day of your life.

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