Hello lovebirds!

Congratulations on being just one week away from one of the most momentous days of your lives!

As the countdown begins, it's time to take a step back from the chaos of wedding planning and get some well deserved quality time together. I know how stressful this time can be so I have put together some activity ideas that you can enjoy in the week leading up to your wedding day.

Hannah & Clark, Virgin Hotel

1. Couple's Spa Day:

Treat yourselves to a relaxing day at a spa, enjoying massages, facials, and other pampering treatments to unwind before your big day. Incase you didn't know, I also work part-time in the multi award winning Beauty & Skin Clinic, Zen Lifestyle. Quote JENGLEN10 for 10% off your booking.

2. Sunset Picnic:

Pack a tasty picnic basket and head to a beautiful spot to watch the sunset together. In Edinburgh we are so spoiled for choice but my top picks would be Calton Hill, Arthurs Seat and Yellowcraig Beach.

Enjoy chatting over your favourite parts of the wedding day you are most looking forward to, while indulging in tasty treats...or a take away (no judgement here!)

3. Romantic Dinner at Home:

Cook the first meal you had together at home, complete with candles and romantic music (Alexa, play Ed Sheeran.) *Puts cheese on toast under the grill.*

4. Dance Lessons:

Now, I know this won't appeal to everyone, but hey, it does to some! So take a dance class together and learn a new style like salsa, tango, or ballroom. It's a fun way to connect, be playful (take video's of each other to have a giggle at in years to come) and it's a great way to brush up on your dance moves for the wedding. Take it a step further and make a routine for your first dance!...Although I recommend giving yourselves a lot more than one week. Just incase. We can't all be Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

5. Outdoor Adventure:

Go hiking, biking, or take a scenic walk in nature...but please don't get blisters or do yourself an injury! Help each other along the way, hold hands or laugh at each other attempting that climb to the top of Arthurs Seat.

6. Movie Night:

My favourite. This is what we (I) personally did in the lead up to our own wedding. We (I) watched Bridesmaids, Bride Wars, Father of the Bride, 27 Dresses, Muriel's Wedding and Friends episodes where they got married. Snuggle up with blankets, lots of pillows, and popcorn.

7. Write Love Letters:

Take some time to write heartfelt love letters to each other, express your feelings and anticipation for the upcoming wedding and then exchange the letters on your wedding morning for each other to reach during your preparations. Not only is this a sweet way to calm nerves on the day, but it's a photographers dream! Cue the tissues.

8. Visit Your First date Place:

Take a trip down memory lane by visiting the place where it all started or a place that holds a special meaning in your relationship. It could be the spot where you had your first kiss or the first place you went as an engaged couple.

9. Plan a family dinner:

Have your families not met each other yet? Plan a dinner where you can all get together, dress up or keep it casual. It's such a lovely way for family to introduce themselves to each other. My husband and I met my sister-in-law's family the night before their wedding and it was so special to be able to make real, authentic connections ahead of their day.

10. Plan a Surprise Date:

Did you partner do most of the wedding planning? Then they deserve a special thanks! Surprise your partner with a date night where you plan everything from start to finish. Take them to their favourite restaurant, organise a surprise activity, or create a themed date night at home. A personal favourite of mine, is the Virgin Hotel, Edinburgh. Incase you didn't know, I am obsessed with the cocktails, food and interiors. (No, I am not sponsored, just a big fan!)

So if you feel you got away with avoiding most of the wedding planning stress, no pressure here, but you better make it a good one!😂

Remember, the week leading up to your wedding can be filled with excitement and anticipation. It's such a special time. Plan one of these activities and I promise it will help you relax but also make more memories with your partner before you say "I do."