It’s here! The day you’ve been dreaming about for months, maybe even years. All of the planning and the preparation is coming to an end, it’s your wedding day! Nerves may be at an all-time high as you start to get ready, here are some tips to ensure everything goes off without a hitch!
1: The best kind of help
Hire a wedding coordinator. This is different than a wedding planner and I consider it an absolute necessity. The job of a wedding coordinator is to ensure that everything is going according to plan and staying on schedule. They’ll make sure everyone is at the right place at the right time, preventing you, the bride, from trying to have to track down everyone and running around like a chicken with your head cut off. The more things you can take off your to-do list the better. They’ll have a copy of the schedule and they’ll help make sure that the caterer knows where to set up or help guide family to the right direction to sit and wait for pictures. They’ll help organize the décor set-up and keep things running smoothly while you can relax behind the scenes and get ready.
Pack well in advance. I made the rookie mistake of leaving that until the night before the wedding and I almost forgot that I needed to pack for our honeymoon as well. With all the last minute stress and anxiety it is easy to forget the little things. Make a list a week or two in advance or even better, have your bags packed before the week of the wedding. Then you’ll just have to grab them and go when the time comes. Don’t forget a speaker for music while you’re getting ready! A little dance party before the ceremony can help you have a good time while staying relaxed. You’re surrounded by all your friends and family, enjoy it!
3. The Emergency Kit
Going along with tip number two, have an emergency kit handy for all the things you might need. Give this to your maid of honor or your wedding coordinator so you don’t have to be in charge of keeping track of it, the less things on your mind the day of your wedding, the better. Make sure you have all the essentials in there, tissues, bobby pins, safety pins, double sided tape, a Tide to-go pen, Advil, Tums, Band-Aids, tampons (you never know who will need one), hair ties, chapstick, mints, tweezers…just to name a few. You can never be too prepared, don’t worry about over packing. This is a situation where you can never have enough back up plans!
4. Eat & Drink
EAT! And drink plenty of water. You may be nervous and excited and feeling all kinds of emotions you didn’t expect, but you don’t want to feel faint on your wedding day. Make sure you either pack a protein bar or have a small bite to eat in between pictures. You won’t regret it. There is nothing worse than being dehydrated too. Make sure that the rest of the bridal party has a snack as well before the ceremony. The last thing you want to worry about is someone locking their knees and passing out. Plus, food can help calm your nerves too. No need to be worried! This is your big day. Enjoy every moment and soak up as much as you can!
Take a deep breath. It simply wouldn’t be a wedding with at least one thing going wrong. Remember why everyone is there and why you’re doing this, you’re getting married! At the end of the day all that matters is that love that you and your fiancé share. Don’t let anything get in the way of that. All the pieces will fall together in the end and besides, that’s what your wedding coordinator is for too! All you need to do is walk down the aisle toward the man of your dreams.
I hope some of these tips help. Number five is the most important one. No matter what the weather is doing or who is or isn’t there, all that matters is that you get to celebrate your love with the one person that means the world to you. Don’t lose sight of that. Everyone is there to support you and celebrate your love together. In the end, that’s all that matters! Moral of the story? It’s your wedding day. It will fly by faster than you can blink. Take a moment to look around and see all your loved ones gathered in one place to do one thing, celebrate you and your spouse. Revel in that. Love is in the air!
Congratulations, you’ve survived your wedding day and now you’re officially MARRIED! Off to the honeymoon!