Your wedding day, and the lead up to it, should be a joyful experience and a stress free one…easier said than done I know but with good planning this is possible! Here are some tips to help you enjoy the experience and ensure your day runs without a hitch and results in the best day of your lives!!!
Your Wedding Team.
Life is not perfect and the best made plans can change but utilize your wedding team to help and guide you along the way…..Who’s your wedding team?? Well, firstly, I am a member of this team – never worry about contacting me to ask questions about your wedding day, or advice on suppliers etc – I will always be on hand to provide the best advice possible – as I always say – no question is a stupid question! The other members of your wedding team are your bridal party – maid of honor and bridesmaids (even the flower girls and pageboys can lend a hand!) and of course the best man, he’s not just there to help the groom! You will be surprised how much family members and close friends will be willing to help you with all your plans….and have a bit of fun doing it too!
“Your wedding timeline needs to be realistic and have room for error. Begin writing ‘realistic ‘lists and time line each – for example – 6-8 weeks prior to wedding day – send wedding invites. 2 weeks prior to wedding day – meeting with wedding coordinator….and so on. I generally make a ‘final’ wedding appointment with all my wedding couples 2 weeks before the big day and I go through everything from top to bottom. This way, my wedding couples know that the hotel are 100% organized and ready for the day itself and this is one area ‘that doesn’t need worrying about’. Also, ticking off the items on your lists will give you great pleasure!!
Make sure your wedding dress is ready and all alterations completed.
Keep in close contact with the wedding shop or dress maker and ensure all is complete at least a week prior to your wedding day…along with the bridesmaids and flower girls…and that all the accessories are bought too….each bridesmaids should be looking after their own dress so you don’t have to worry about it on the day!
Break in your wedding shoes.
Don’t let aching feet put a damper on your big day! Stretch out your heels in advance by wearing a thick pair of socks and aiming a hair dryer at the tighter spots (keep them on while they cool). You could also try placing a bag of water in each heel and freezing them overnight. Better yet, bring a change of shoes that you can slip on while shooting photos outdoors or after the first dance.
Drop off necessary ceremony and reception items to your wedding venue.
For example, your sign-in book, unity candles, bathroom amenity baskets, menus, table numbers, escort cards, card box, etc. Organize everything into bins and include notes with any special instructions about what goes where. Give me a list of items that need to be returned to you post-celebration like framed photos or your cake topper.
Delegate, delegate, delegate.
You won’t be able to do everything by yourself, no matter how much you are willing to try. This is when your ’wedding team’ really comes into play! Delegate certain jobs to each person a week or so before the wedding day and ensure they are clear of what they have to do. This will mean a few less things for you to have to do!