Hours on top of hours of hard work and planning may have been put into your wedding but at the end of the day, there’s always the thought,
I wish someone had told me…
Here are a few tips & tricks brides say will make a world of difference on your big day.
Wake up refreshed and give yourself time to get ready. Go to bed early, you need you beauty sleep! Then give yourself time to get ready on the morning of your wedding day. You want to be able to relax and have a good time with your bridesmaids, not stress over whether you’ll finish in time.
Have a heart-to-heart with the groomsmen. It may be wise to set aside a few minutes to discuss what is and is not appropriate behavior. Chances are you didn’t have a large influence while choosing groomsmen, and you may have a few wild cards in the group!
Cough cough, no body shots off of grandma, gentlemen!
Stay away from bridal magazines and TV shows: These sources of information represent fantasy weddings that are very expensive. Items and decorations you didn’t even knew existed will appear before you and will destroy your bank account.
Before you walk down the aisle, GET LOOSE. Do some stretches and practice a few breathing techniques. Anything to calm your nerves!
Ask and you might receive. From wedding planning to the big day, if you need something ask politely. You’ll be surprised how many vendors, guests, and family members have a heart of gold and will help you in any way they can!
Register, but don't register for it all! Yes, your wedding registry is a in essence a list of all the free stuff you’re bound to receive, but it is important to prioritize. As you weave through the aisles of Target, Crate & Barrel, and Dillard's… Keep in mind: Quality over quantity.
Keep family on the guest list. Planning a wedding can be stressful, and can bring out the worst in a woman. It is probably best to assign your family members to small projects and hire the professionals for everything else. Better safe than sorry, ladies!
Get a bathroom plan! Using the facilities in a wedding dress ain't easy, and you don't know who your true friends are until you tinkle on their legs and they still manage to hold your dress up for you. That's true friendship. Here's the best tip I ever received: pee facing the toilet. Better accuracy, zero sprinklage, and no one has to dance around with pee-pee on their bridesmaid shoes.
Multiple photographers! Your favorite pictures from your special day may not be the ones that you posed for. Hire two or three photographers to wander around the reception to catch fun moments!
Dance your booty off. Go ahead and bust out the na-na, the whip-it move, and that boots with the fur dance. (Or something). Point is! You’re married now, so who do you have to impress?! All those photographers you hired will snap some pretty hilarious shots that you’ll be able to share with friends and family forever!
Go get your grub on. More than likely you'll have absolutely no time to eat any food, and you will be starving when you get back to the hotel at the end of the night. No shame in excusing yourself from guests to make a plate. Besides, you didn’t go through the agony of taste-testing multiple entrees to not enjoy it yourself!
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember to take deep breathes and enjoy this moment with your loved ones. No one is going to remember how much effort you put into flower bouquets on each table, or the fact that you spilled your iced caramel macchiato on the corner of your crimson white dress. So chill out!
Don’t neglect your hubby. You will find yourself making rounds all night to please your guests. Remember what this day is about and enjoy it with the one you’re going to spend the rest of your life with.
Fake it till ya make it. Whether you are beyond stressed, nervous or sick; guests expect this to be the happiest day of their life just as much as it’s yours so don’t let them down.
Say thank you. Simple as that. At the end of the evening, give a thank you toast with your man. Toast your wedding party, family, and your vendors! Make sure no one in the room goes unappreciated!