Pre-Wedding Beauty Sleep Tips

wedding beauty sleep tips


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Menus, guest lists, seating arrangements – the details of wedding planning are enough to leave even an organized couple sleepless. But, you need that sleep, a full seven to nine hours, in fact, to look and feel your best. We have a few tips to help you get the rest you need despite wedding jitters and stress.

go to bed early

It may be tempting to check your guest list or gift registry one more time before going to bed. And, there are hundreds of other reasons you may stay up late and not all of them are wedding related. However, going to bed late doesn't give your body the time it needs to recover and recuperate from a day’s worth of activity.  

Decide on a reasonable bedtime then stick to it. Consistency establishes and supports your body's natural circadian rhythms, which control your sleep cycle. You might have to call it a night before the party's over or commit to watching one less episode of your favorite Netflix crush. But the extra hour(s) of sleep will show. After all, sleep reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves the skin’s healing ability.

meditation

The physical and emotional benefits of meditation will help you get better sleep, leaving you with a healthy glow. Methods like mindfulness meditation train your mind to stay in the present moment, away from thoughts of a certain stressful future event. With practice, this ability to stay in the present causes a drop in heart rate and blood pressure, both of which can help you fall asleep faster. The best part—you can do meditation while lying in bed.

yoga

Sometimes stress manifests itself as muscle tension and fatigue. If that’s you, yoga could be the perfect addition to your ‘beauty’ routine. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress-related inflammation while improving mood and increasing energy. While you don’t want an energy burst before bed, poses that stretch tight muscles and use deep breathing might be just what you need before hitting the pillow. There are even yoga poses you can do while in bed to lull yourself to sleep.

sleep-friendly snacking

Heavy, high-fat meals do not encourage good sleep. Try to keep your dinner light and eat it early in the evening. If hunger pains keep you awake, try snacking on foods that support sleep. Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, and milk have the calcium that contributes to the production of the primary sleep hormone melatonin. Munch on nuts like almonds and walnuts that, like dairy products, contain nutrients that are eventually used to make sleep hormones. For a natural source of melatonin, try sour cherries.

pamper yourself

If you really want your beauty sleep, everything about your bedroom should support your slumber, starting with:

  • A mattress that conforms to your preferred sleep position

  • Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, or a therapeutic sleep mask to keep out light (sunlight suppresses sleep hormones)

  • A room temperature between 60 to 68 degrees to maintain a lower body temperature

  • As little sound as possible

Preparing for a wedding might be stressful, but you can keep that stress in check by making sleep a priority. Your emotions will be less chaotic, your thinking will be clear, and your beauty will radiate from the inside out. Better sleep will help you look and feel your best so you can enjoy the fruits of your months of planning. More importantly, you can enjoy the beginning of a new life with your best friend. XO, Bliss




Modern Wing Chicago Wedding

modern green & white wedding at the art institute of chicago

We loved working with this beautiful, sweet, & art-loving couple, to create the wedding of their dreams! Flawlessly planned and executed by our Bliss Belle, Jordyn. A big thanks to our rockstar team of vendors!

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Cristina G Photography | Venue: Art Institute of Chicago | Catering: BonAppetit | Floral & Decor: Revel Decor | Entertainment: BKO | Invitations & Paper: EJD Design | Cake: Bittersweet | Hair: Jessica McDonald | Make Up: Make Up by Rosie

Gorgeous Winter Wedding At Morgan Manufacturing

Glow Glow Glow! Grand candelabras, trendy tapers, glamorous chandeliers- could this winter wedding be anymore dreamy?! This beautiful day was planned & designed by our uber talented Bliss Beau. Thank you to our fun-loving couple and amazing team of vendors!

Planning & Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photographer: Adonye Jaja Photography | Venue: Morgan Manufacturing | Catering: Food For Thought | Decor: Exquisite Designs | Lighting: Frost | Linens: Tailored Elements | Band: RendezVous | Videographer: Hannah Schweiss | Hair: Ramsay Marston Hair | Make Up: Shannon O’Brien | Shuttles: VIP Valet

Gorgeous & Glam Indian Fusion Wedding

Double the ceremonies double the glamour! The vibrant Indian ceremony, the modern Western ceremony, and the oh-so-romantic reception- all STUNNING elements that made up this magical day. Our Bliss Beau planned, designed, and produced an incredibly special wedding for an incredibly special couple. 

Planning, Design, & Decor: Bliss Weddings & Events | Venue: 19 East | Photography: Burtco Weddings | Videography: Wholehearted | Catering: Food For Thought | Custom Linens: Tailored Elements | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Entertainment: Ruki Dole | Entertainment: Fig Media | Hair: Ramsay Marston | Make Up: Shannon O'Brien | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's

Classic White & Green Summer Wedding

This classic white and green wedding is just picture perfect! It had it all- gorgeous summer day, lake-side reception, and fresh decor. A big thank you to the sweetest couple and an amazing team of vendors!

Planning & Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Kina Wicks | Decor: HMR Designs | Venue: Shoreacres Country Club | Linens: Tailored Elements | Lighting: Frost | Paper Gods: Magnificent Milestones | Band: True Blue Band | Tenting: HDO Partytime Productions 

Modern Marble Wedding at Revel Motor Row

We are over-the-moon that this gorgeous wedding was featured on Carats & Cake this week! The sleek white and marble decor reflected the bride and groom's amazing modern style. From the ceremony backdrop to the marble escort card wall, from the chic white chairs to the lush floral table garlands, every aspect of this wedding was jaw-droopingly beautiful!

Take a look at the Carats & Cake feature here...

Planner: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Studio This Is | Venue: Revel Motor Row | Ceremony Floral & Decor: Revel Decor | Reception Decor: Bliss Weddings  | Catering: Limelight | Band: Arlen Music | Cake: Urban Icing | Videography: Wholehearted | Beauty: Abby Speaks Hair

Outdoor Wedding Brunch on Kiawah Island

Spending our Monday reminiscing on this dreamy post wedding brunch on Kiawah Island! Designed & produced by our Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard, who took the couple's preppy style and created the perfect Sunday brunch. Highlights include custom seersucker linens, mini pedestals of blushing blooms, and the prettiest outdoor setting. Towering palm trees and an immaculate golf course- could there be a better backdrop?! We hope you enjoy scrolling through the photos as much as we do. 

Planning, Design, & Production: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Studio This Is

Wedding Finds! Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Confession- we CANNOT resist the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! We love to stock up on old faves and collect new pieces. And it's the perfect time for Bride's to do a little shopping too! Here are our top wedding picks-

Pretty Pastels & Boho Chic

This beautiful spring wedding left guests (and the Bliss team) in awe! Pastel shades, gold prism accents, and garden details set a beautiful boho setting. And designer eats, a champagne tower, and a tented reception made for one memorable reception! 

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events, Inc. |Photography: Bonphotage | Floral: Life in Bloom | Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company | Catering: Boutique Bites 

Rustic Glam Wedding at Morgan Manufacturing

This glamorous wedding was an absolute vision! The sunny rooftop ceremony and cocktail hour were followed by a dreamy drapery-filled reception. What a perfect day!

Planner: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photographer: Studio This Is | Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs | Paper/Stationary: Magnificent Milestones | Catering: Food For Though | Venue: Morgan Manufacturing

Creative Bridal Party Gifts with Warby Parker

Your bridal party is made up of some of the most important people in your life; college friends, childhood friends, siblings, cousins, and so many more. They’ve been there from the beginning- sending invites, planning showers, organizing events, with you every step of the way! So how do you thank them? Here we suggest several sweet and budget-friendly ways to let your bridal party know how much they mean to you!

Give the gift of spirit! Your sister’s favorite wine, your best friend’s bubbly of choice, or a cute little cocktail kit. This gift is sure to be enjoyed!

Everyone’s favorite gift; gift cards. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and get creative here- set your friends up with spa services, dining experiences, or a shopping excursion! Stores like Warby Parker offer a bulk order option where you are able to put in an order for a larger group of people. This service includes gift cards, non-prescription sunglasses, and other fun gifts. 

As you know wedding costs add up, even for the bridal party members. Paying for your bridal party’s hair or make up services is a thoughtful gift that your friends are sure to appreciate!

Custom gift boxes are a trendy and luxurious gift option. You can customize them to fit the personality of your bridal party or even the colors of your wedding. We love Teak & Twine and Fox Blossom. Your friends will feel so pampered receiving these beautiful boxes!

Getting-ready goodies are a classic option. Beautiful robes, fun pj’s, or comfy slippers make for great gifts and adorable photo-opps! We always think BHLDN has such pretty options.

Any of these gift ideas would be huge hits with your friends and family. Make sure to include a handwritten note or letter- get a little sentimental and sappy! Write down a favorite moment you’ve had with a certain person, reminisce on how you met, and include why they have meant so much to you throughout the wedding process.

Happy gift giving! xoxo

Bliss Team + Warby Parker

Romantic Garden Wedding in Door County

This gorgeous backyard wedding was full of vintage touches. Candlesticks, glass goblets, and beautiful china made for picture-perfect tablescapes. And a red and pink color scheme completed the romantic affair!

Destination Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: BonPhotage Photography

 

 

Glamorous Navy & White Wedding at The Field Museum

The Field Museum is such a grand and glamorous space to hold a wedding! All the history in the museum mixed with beautiful floral and decor makes for a memorable affair. And when the weather cooperates it’s even better! Ceremony and cocktail hour on the museum’s terrace- so dreamy.

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events, Inc. | Photography: Studio This Is | Venue: The Field Museum | Decor: HMR Designs | Catering: Food for Thought | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Flooring: HDO Productions | Paper: Cheree Berry Designs

Midsummer Night's Dream, Industrial Wedding

Bliss Weddings & Events had the absolute privilege of assisting the bride and groom with making their wedding day vision come to life! The couple had visions of a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding inside their industrial venue. Flowing greenery, lush flowers, glowing candles, rustic lanterns, and metal chairs combined to create a gorgeous room.

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Heather DeCamp | Floral & Decor: Flowers for Dreams | Venue: Architectural Artifacts | Catering: Paramount Events

Fall Wedding Perfection at the Palmer House!

A little (a lot!) of pretty for your Friday! The photography, the colors, the ballroom, the dress- we can't pick a favorite! Enjoy photos from this gorgeous fall wedding at The Palmer House Hotel. 

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Designs | Photography: Image Is Found | Floral & Decor: Fleur Inc | Venue: Palmer House

Happy National Donut Day!

Happy National Donut day! We love how the donut trend has extended into weddings. It's a fun alternative to cake or a memorable late night snack. After all, all you need is love...and donuts!

Row 1: Olivia Leigh Photography, Donut Vault Donuts | Row 2: Christian Oth Photography & Dennis Lee Photo, Glazed & Infused | Row 3: Jody Savage Photography, Galleria Marchetti flaming donuts

Ready..Set..Summer! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

In honor of Memorial Day Weekend festivities, we wanted to share one of our favorite outdoor events from last year. This red, white, and blue welcome party took place on Kiawah Island. With live music, grilled favorites, lawn games, and adorable gingham accents, it was the perfect way to kick off the destination wedding weekend!

Wishing everyone a safe holiday weekend and remembering all of those who have sacrificed for us. Our deepest thanks. xoxo The Bliss Team

Photography: Studio This Is | Planning & Floral Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Linen: Tailored Elements

Farm Formal Tented Summer Wedding

This beautiful outdoor wedding has us craving summer! A gorgeous farm setting, a fresh lemonade and juice bar, outdoor lounge furniture, and a giant white tent. Talk about a picture perfect summer wedding!

Full service planning and design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Booth Photographics | Catering: Food For Thought | Cake: Sugar Fixe | Entertainment: Northstar | Floral: Garden Party Florist | Tenting: Blue Peak | Paper Goods: EJD Designs | 

Dreamy Winter Wedding At The Drake

Winter wedding glamour at it's finest! This wedding had it all- an incredibly fun couple, super sweet families, gorgeous decor, a rockin' band, impeccable dining service, and a midnight snow. Talk about picture perfect!

Bliss Weddings & Events was on board for design and full service planning. Lead planner Jesse Deckard worked directly with the couple to ensure that every last detail was what they envisioned. Cheers to this amazing couple! 

Design & Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Studio This Is Photography | Venue & Catering: The Drake | Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs | Paper Goods: Magnificent Milestones | Band: Gold Coast All Stars

Milestone Birthday Bash

What a fun & memorable celebration! Last spring, Bliss Weddings & Events planned, designed, & executed this amazing 65th birthday party for a very special client. Personal touches could be found in every corner! The venue took place in a garden center, perfect for the guest of honor, who is an avid gardener. The Bliss Team designed a tablecape full of potted succulents and orchids with exposed roots. The custom printables showcased the guest of honor's favorite quotes and entertaining childhood stories. Our favorite touch? The late-night cart stocked with the birthday boy's favorite snacks- pringles, cheez-its, and trailmix- yes please! 

Planning & Floral Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Catering: Food For Thought | Paper: Cheree Berry