started thinking this morning about the things I say to a bride
before and during the wedding and thought I'd share.... (note: these
are not in any particular order but just as they popped into my
head) :) Numero Uno is to relax and have fun- If some little detail
doesn't go absolutely perfect, that's OK....think about it....is
someone really going to know exactly what colors for decor or cake
icing or flowers you chose?
2. I think that this would be to delegate.
That's what wedding attendants are for! Have them help with last
minute details and getting you in the dress, shoes & veil. Definitely
let them know what you'd like their help with before the big day.
(things to delegate: programs, guest book placement, gift removal
afterwards, tuxes returned, etc)
3. Family coordination for photographer (this
is HUGE!....I don't know how many times we have had to delay family
photos while sending someone out hunting for someone) The rehearsal
dinner is a great time to remind family members to wait after the
ceremony for photos.
4. Have your Maid/Matron of Honor put together
an emergency bag with items like a mini-sewing kit, safety pins,
hair pins, toupee tape(double sided tape that adheres to skin can
be found at a beauty supply store), blotting papers, tampons and
breath mints(no gum) even bottled water and a small tidy snack like
pretzels or a power bar to keep your stomach settled.
5. Hair & Makeup- Make sure that you
do a "trial run" of hair and makeup before the day. Salons
will usually do this for you but even if you plan to "do it
yourself" a trial run is a great idea so that you are happy
with you for your big day.
6. Most bride's get wedding day shoes to
match the dress. Please, please wear them before the wedding day.
You want to be comfortable in your shoes dancing the night away.
If you love the look of the strappy heels for the ceremony and photos
then bring some flip flops for the reception so you can really enjoy.
7. Makeup- Waterproof mascara and
long lasting lipstick are a MUST HAVE for your day. I have found
that the new mineral powders do a super job of setting your base
coverage to last a long time flawlessly. Make a mini makeup kit
for freshening before pictures and during the reception. You'll
want powder or blotting papers and lipstick for sure.
8. Do NOT forget to eat something before
the wedding. Traditionally, brides & grooms are to busy visiting
with guests to get more than a bite or two of your wedding meal.
You do not want to feel faint during the ceremony or reception.
9. Have a coordinator or wedding party
member be your itinerary keeper to go between your DJ/Band, your
photographer/videographers and you with 5 minute warnings for
things like cake cutting, toasting and the coordinated dances.
Remember, you are delegating. Years down the line you want to
look back on the photos/video and think about what a special day
it was and not about how stressed you were. Think about it. This
is your special day to be formally joined to the one you love.
Above and beyond everything we are back to numero uno...RELAX
AND HAVE FUN! Live, Love and Laugh!!! With lots of pictures, of