Here are seven tips to help you get through your big day with as little stress as possible.
- Be sure to pack a bridal emergency kit. You never know what might happen or go wrong, so you will want to make sure that you are prepared. A few things the kit should include are stain removing wipes, aspirin, a small bottle of water, double sided tape, a travel sewing kit, clear nail polish, tissues, make up remover, static guard and mouth wash. Include anything else you can think of that might come in handy.
- Be sure to take big eaters into consideration when planning the meal for the reception. The last thing you want to happen at the reception is run out of food. Consider what time you are getting married. If you are getting married in the late afternoon, by the time the reception starts it will be time for supper. If you are getting married in the early afternoon, people might have had to skip lunch to make it on time. If you are just having finger foods, make double what you think you will need. That way if someone decides to make a meal out of it, you will still have enough. If you are having a full meal, make sure there is enough for about half the people to have seconds.
- Drive the route you are using on your map cards before you have them printed. You might end up finding an easier way. Just because you went online and got driving directions from some website does not mean that those directions are the easiest way to get to the church and from the church to the reception. If you drive the route you may find that those directions, which sounded fine when reading it, make no sense at all when driving it. You want the directions to be as easy to follow as possible so that guests do not get lost.
- Practice bustling your dress before you get to the reception. Take pictures if necessary so that the person responsible for getting you bustled knows what they are doing. The last thing you want is to disappear from the reception for a long period of time because you cannot get your dress bustled right.
- Make sure you practice your beauty routine and hairstyle before the day of the wedding. You do nott want any unwanted surprises on the big day. Do not use anything the day of the wedding that you have not used before. The last thing you want is to try out some new product and have it react badly with your skin and have to walk down the aisle with a blotchy red face. Your best bet on the makeup is to keep it natural and within your normal range. If you do not normally wear makeup then do not feel like you have to wear a whole lot at the wedding. It is your day, look how you want. As for the hairstyle, make sure to make an appointment with your hairstylist before the wedding day so you can practice the style. The practice appointment will help you know how long the hairstyle is going to take so you can plan accordingly for the actual wedding day. If you are going to wear a veil, be sure to take it with you so that you can see how it and the hairstyle work together.
- Do not be too flexible with the bridesmaid’s dresses. It is impossible to find one dress that looks good on every single one of your bridesmaids. Give them some input when it comes to choosing the dress, but do not let them walk all over you. Remember this is your wedding. You have the final decision on what their dresses look like. Do not pick a dress that you do not like just because it makes one of the bridesmaids happy.
- Have someone be in charge on the day of the wedding. You will have enough to worry about on the wedding day without people bombarding you with questions about the details of things. Ask a friend or family member to be in charge of the last minute details for the ceremony and the reception. A lot of churches now have a wedding coordinator on staff to help with the ceremony. If you appoint someone to take care of all the little things, this will be a lot of stress taken off you.