An acquaintance recently betrayed their complete unfamiliarity of the wedding planning world when they told me, “yeah, but you can relax after you get engaged, right?” I set them straight once I finished laughing hysterically, but the truth is that most brides enter stress mode from the minute the post-engagement glow fades. To help make wedding planning just a little bit more enjoyable, I’ve rounded up my favorite bridal beauty DIY projects to pamper and relax!
Photography by Jessica Burke via Wedding Paper Divas
First order of business is to take a minute to breathe! There are no pressing plans on your plate just yet, so take a little time to just enjoy the engagement. Wedding planning is a marathon, not a sprint, so savor this blissful moment before diving into to-do lists, budget spreadsheets, and spending every week night pouring over script fonts and cutting out favor tags. Champagne is, of course, a must.
Photography by Shutter Nonsense for Something Turquoise
Next up – a manicure! Everyone will want to see what ring, so indulge in a little pampering and pick a shade to complement your stone. This nail polish bar by Wedding DIY Guru Something Turquoise is a fun – and fabulous! – way to celebrate your engagement.
Let the pampering continue with luscious bath and body treatments! Keep your hands soft and smooth with homemade body butter, soak in an organic bath bomb before exfoliating with an all-natural sugar scrub. If you have any left over champagne (yeah, right), save it for a detox face mask, and keep lips kissably soft with DIY lip balm!
During your spa retreat at home, keep your engagement ring safe with this charming gold leaf bowl!
Unwind while you plan with a calming cup of herbal tea – one of the best ways to detox and de-stress as wedding plans pile up. Whether you need to hydrate or caffeinate, an adorably personalized Sharpie Mug is clearly the best way to do it!
Stay organized – and sane – by keeping all of your wedding planning details in one place, like this adorable glittered heart tote bag! Ok, this one might be a DIY bridesmaid gift, but why should they get to have all the fun?
And yes, sometimes you just need to splurge! If DIY isn’t your thing or you need a little pick-me-up, indulge with these sweet bridal picks for before and after the wedding!
Blush Ombre Silk Robe for a little bridal bliss in your morning | Chic Nail Care System to keep that manicure fresh | Pampering Laura Mercier Bath Products | Monogram Peony Tote Bag for wedding plans and everyday! | Kate Spade Glitter Water Bottle to stay hydrated in style!