Well, as a bride to be or just a person who loves weddings we are definitely in wedding season and with that said, here are a few helpful tips from yours truly on how to handle & enjoy one of the most important days of your life :-)
First & foremost be a guest at your own wedding…
Remember you may have spent many countless hours planning the biggest party you will ever have so don’t forget to enjoy all the hard work you and/or planner have put in place. Immerse yourself in the festivities and let your hair down as this is the moment you have been waiting for!
Don’t Stress on the Weather
The number one wedding day detail you can’t control is rain. So if it rains, embrace it. Take photos outside under an umbrella and focus on your friends and family. Nothing should get in the way of marrying your sweetie ~ rain/hail or shine ;-)
Don’t Sweat the small stuff or any other planning to-do
Time to delegate the task to a planner who will alleviate all the last minute things. If you don’t have anyone to ask, skip it. Your guests won’t notice or care that half of the favours don’t have bows. They will notice if you look tired and stressed out!
Don’t Skip a Meal
Eat! Seriously, you have to have something in your stomach the morning of the wedding — trust me, one meal won’t affect how your dress fits. And it won’t matter how thin you look if you faint at the altar! The main thing here is graze throughout the day, something I most definitely recommend to my brides because you will be rather excited (well you should be!) and definitely high on “love” so keep your blood sugars level!
Don’t Try Out a New Makeup (or Any Other Beauty Product)
It’s important that your skin is used to the makeup that you use on the day-of so you won’t break out. If you want to try new things perhaps a few months out (i.e., colour, new foundations, new look etc ) do so a few months in advance so that you will feel comfortable & less stressed when your wedding day has arrived. Don’t do any drastic hair colours or cuts as you will regret this decision after the event!
Don’t Underestimate Your Schedule
Make sure you’ve allowed for some extra time in between having your hair and makeup done and getting to your photo site or ceremony, especially if you’re having it done somewhere else. Traffic could be bad or your hair and makeup could take longer than expected. A qualified planner with experience would’ve planned the day out with plenty of time for most things always, always erring on the side of caution & time delay :-)
Don’t Drink Too Much Champagne
It’s totally normal to have a glass of champagne with your bridesmaids before the ceremony, but don’t overdo it. You want to remember every single moment of the ceremony, not to mention look your best. Keep hydrated with water but don’t overdo this either as you’ll be wanting a bathroom break too often!
Don’t Pack for Your Honeymoon
If you ar planning on a honeymoon straight after the wedding (literally) then clearly this must be done sooner rather than later , however if you’re not leaving until the next day or so put it out of your mind for the day and do it after the wedding, where you’ll have a clearer head.
Don’t Wear Your Shoes for the First Time
This might be a no brainer for some of you , but still I hear of brides taking the risk on wearing new shoes on wedding day! Take the time to break in your shoes several weeks before the wedding day. Even if you’re not planning to wear 5-inch heels, you’ll want to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for blisters. Break them in by putting them on and walking around your house for an hour or two several times until they feel good, rub the soles of the shoes on the pavement as this will allow the soles to have more grip and therefore less chance of slipping and always bring a backup pair of sandals or ballet flats just in case.
Don’t Drive Yourself Around
We know you’re perfectly capable of driving, but you might be a little distracted. Make sure that hair & makeup come to you because the last thing you need is to be worried about driving and looking for a parking space etc.
Don’t Drink Dark Liquids at all!
This is a biggie. Don’t drink anything dark during the day, particularly after you’ve put on your dress. We don’t want stained teeth or stains on a gorgeous wedding gown either. One tip though is to drink anything that day with a straw to make sure teeth staining can be somewhat avoided and it also serves as a deterrent on spilling drinks.
Don’t Be in Charge ~ be the bride you deserve be
Without a doubt, as women we love to be in charge even on a special day like our wedding. Let’s face it though, we can’t micro manage everyone, you are the bride and deserve to enjoy this moment. Let all the hard work pay off, you’ve earned it! Start by enjoying every little detail and relinquish control, employ a planner to manage the day and let the party begin!
Happy Planning…Natalie xx