When planning a wedding there are so many things to think about; cake, venue, dress…etc. The list goes on and on. Normally there are checklist on the internet, in books, and in magazines that walk you through and help you plan your wedding in an organized manner. However, one detail that gets over looked many times is hours leading up until the wedding. I’ve put together my own little checklist for you to keep in mind.
*Get your hair and makeup professional done! You may be amazing at doing your own, but why worry about a thing like that on the day of? Wouldn’t you rather sit in a chair, relax, and just enjoy being pampered?! I’ve seen it to many times where the bride is rushing around because she did someone else’s hair and short changed herself on time. Trust me ladies, pay for someone to professional do it for you. The nice thing is most professionals have a trial run, so you can work out all the kinks before the big day.
*Do you or your photographer have an emergency kit handy before the ceremony? I can’t tell you how many times a groomsmen loses a button, the bride needs a bobby pin, or one of the Mom’s need scissors to cut a tag off. It’s best to prepare and not even have to use the kit, than try to rush to solve problem.
*Where are you getting ready? If you’ve hired a professional photographer to come out before the ceremony to snap that gorgeous picture of your dress before the wedding–is the location even pretty? We try our best to work with the location you have chose, but if you decide to get ready in a basement it will most likely look like you got ready in a basement. If budget allows, consider getting ready at a hotel or someplace that is unique and charming.
*Keep all your wedding items (shoes, jewelry, flowers…etc) in one area. That way, when your photographer needs an item they don’t have to bug you or your bridesmaids to try and track it down. The nice thing is that you can pack your wedding items weeks before the big day!
*If you know you are going to be nervous–have a drink. I’m not saying get drunk before the wedding, but having a glass of champagne with your bridesmaid’s may make you slow down and become more calm. Plus, toasting with your girls always makes for a great photo.
*Does someone know how to help you into you dress? As obvious as it might seem I’ve had to help bridesmaids bustle, lace up the corset back, or just help the bride step into the dress. If possible, have a bridesmaid attend a dress fitting, that way they can practice before the big day.
*Last, but not least, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. It’s shortly before you walk down the aisle, and I know that this is exciting but also nerve racking. Take a deep breath and just know that if you’ve followed the previous steps there should be nothing to worry about now.
A happy bride is one that has planned a prepared, don’t wait till it’s to late to start organizing your big day.