Your wedding day is supposed to be the most magical day of your life, but that doesn’t mean that planning such a big event won’t be stressful or that things won’t go wrong. Being a bride can be a little bit overwhelming so here are some Wedding Day Tips for Brides that will help you make sure things go as smoothly as possible:
1. Don’t Expect Things to Be Perfect
Things don’t always go as planned and that is a fact of life. If you approach your wedding with reasonable expectations and you are prepared for delays and glitches, you will be able to roll with it when things go wrong. If you have your mind made up that your wedding will be flawless, those small hiccups will be very stressful for you.
2. Plan Ahead With An Emergency Kit
Make sure that you have a bridal emergency kit on you during your wedding day, so that you can fix any minor issues or wardrobe malfunctions. It can include a sewing needle and thread, bandages to cover blisters inside your shoes, clear nail polish to stop runs in panty-hose, a small makeup kit for touch ups and duct tape – which is perfect for fixing anything.
3. Take a Break with Your New Spouse
Your wedding day will be a busy happy blur and before you get a chance to catch your breath, it will be over. Make sure that you take the time to savour it. Take a 15-20 minute break away from the main action with your sweetheart at some point in the day just to reflect on how wonderful it is that everyone is there with you to celebrate your love.
4. Chill Out the Night Before
Plan your rehearsal dinner for two nights before the wedding, so that you can have time for yourself the night before. Have a relaxing evening together, order room service and perhaps even have a massage. It will put you in a relaxed mood so that you will better be able to enjoy the wedding.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Many brides say that they wished they had hired a wedding co-ordinator to help them with their special day. Don’t feel like you have to run around and do everything yourself, having a professional who can help you with the planning and organisation can be very valuable.
6. Allow for Things to Take Longer Than You Expect
Don’t plan your wedding with military precision and have everything organised down to 15 minute intervals. Chances are that something will take longer than you expect it to, which will throw off the timing of everything else. Instead, allow plenty of time for everyone to get from the ceremony to the reception and for all of the events to occur. There’s no need for stress on your special day.
7. Keep the Gifts Organised
You will likely end up with a table full of wedding gifts, so make sure that you know which gift is from whom so that you can send out your thank you notes later. You might even want to keep a set of Post-It notes handy if the giver hasn’t attached their name to their present with a gift tag. Cards and the presents they came with can get mixed up quite easily and you don’t want to be taking Aunt Martha for the dinner set when she actually gave you a blender.
8. Invest in a Great Photographer
Your wedding day only happens once, so make sure that you have a talented photographer who can capture the day in a beautiful way. Make sure that they don’t just capture the staged photos, but the candid moments between you and your family that really make for special memories.
9. Have a Backup Plan for Bad Weather
Don’t let rain ruin your wedding day! If you are planning an outdoor wedding you should have a back-up plan that is just as exciting and special as your first plan. You can’t control the weather, but you can make sure that you still have a good time no matter what. Make sure that you announce to all of your guests where the back-up venue will be, so no one gets confused.
10. Don’t Worry About What You Look Like
Of course, there will be hours invested into putting on your makeup, doing your hair and making sure that your dress looks gorgeous. However, once the wedding starts don’t think too much about whether your hair is out of place or your makeup is perfect. You don’t want to spend your entire day glancing in the mirror every few moments, it will distract you from the fun! Tell your bridesmaids to let you know if you have spinach in your teeth or if you are having a major wardrobe malfunction – but otherwise just relax and have fun!
These are just a few tips that the bride can keep in mind when it comes to making the most of her wedding day. With these tips, your special day will be a breeze and you will have many wonderful memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life.