We all know wedding days are known for being notoriously stressful. After months or maybe years of planning, it all comes down to this one day. As wedding photographers, we know the struggle. With countless weddings under our belt, we’ve come up with these tips that will help your special day be flawless!
Get enough sleep. We can’t stress this enough ladies. Everyone always needs a good night’s rest to prepare for any major event and you as a bride are not exempt. Even though those wedding day jitters may come creeping in, try going to bed early. To help ensure you get enough sleep, try having a relaxing night before. Consider having your bachelorette party a week or a few days before the wedding and plan to have a quiet night in with your girls the night before you get married.
Don’t forget the most important meal of the day! Being hangry is no joke, girl. It will add to the stress and irritability many brides feel on their special day. Take some time to sit down, take a few breaths, and enjoy a yummy and nutritious meal. I promise, you’ll be thanking yourself later in the day.
Allow plenty of time to get ready. Consider how long it takes you to get ready for work. Think about how long it took you to get ready for your high school Prom? Have a number in mind? Ok, now double it. It will stress you out if you feel like you need to rush around to prevent your guests from being kept waiting. Remember that you’ll be getting ready to walk down the aisle with all your besties and loved ones. Plan a few extra hours for all the fun you’ll have between putting on makeup, fixing your sister’s hair, and figuring out how to go to the bathroom while wearing your dress.
Break in your shoes and make-up beforehand. It’s just a fact, cute shoes aren’t always comfortable. You’ll be wearing those shoes for 8+ hours, you’re going to need to break them in. In the weeks leading up to your wedding, take some time in your day to walk around in your shoes. You’ll be so happy you did on your day of. Always be prepared with an extra pair of shoes in case you really can’t get comfortable in your ceremony shoes. Let’s talk make-up, give yourself some practice days to find out what you like. Don’t leave it for the wedding day. You don’t want to have to rush to re-do your make-up because you don’t like how it turns out. Practice, practice, and practice some more.
Put someone in charge. Delegate some responsibilities, whether that be to your wedding coordinator or whoever you put in charge. They won’t mind running back and forth between the bride and the groom to make sure you both have what you need or talking to the caterer, DJ, or photographer. Putting someone in charge will help keep the rest of your family and wedding party on schedule, while also assisting in making sure everything and everyone is on time and the day is moving along with how it should be.
Let go of the perfect. This is your wedding day, things won’t always be perfect and that’s okay! So let it go if your groom is 10 minutes late for the pictures, or one of the groomsmen’s shoes doesn’t match the other guys. At the end of the day, it wont even matter. Either way, you still get to marry your love!
Be present. This day is about you and your love. People are there to celebrate you. Don’t stress about the food, flowers, and music. You don’t want your main memory of your wedding day to be the caterer bringing fish instead of chicken. Be present, take in the smiles, laughs, and the emotions. This is your day and you deserve to enjoy it.