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Wedding Planning Tips:
How to Survive Your Wedding Day

You’ve probably been planning your wedding for months by now.  Your big day is just around the corner and you have finalized everything down to the smallest detail.  Now all that is left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your engagement period, right?

Of course, the word “relax” may not be part of the pre-wedding vocabulary for most brides.  Even when you have found the perfect photographer, selected your floral arrangements, and located the dress, the anxiety leading up to your wedding day can leave you spinning in every direction. So in order to help you channel your energy and ease any panic, I have compiled a guide that will help you leave the craziness behind and actually enjoy the excitement and love on what is sure to be the most memorable day of your life.

 

Pre-Wedding Preparations

  • Make a Wedding Day Survival Kit – If you have done any online research during your wedding planning (which I am sure you have), then you know this is a very real thing. There are plenty of examples and even pre-made ones online for both the bride and groom. Ultimately, though, your wedding day survival kit should be unique to you and your wedding location. If you are having a destination wedding in the Caribbean, suntan lotion may be in your kit. On the other hand, you might pack a blanket if you plan on having a winter wedding in Alaska.  Just make sure that you take some time and think about any situations you may need to be prepared for on your special day.
  • Connect with Me (your photographer) – Remember that I will be the one following you around and taking pictures of you on the most precious day of your life.  No one knows your body and its strengths or weaknesses the way you do. Is there a certain physical feature your fiancé loves about you? Do you light up while you are dancing? Is your right profile better than the left? These are the things that you and I should discuss ahead of time to make sure you feel comfortable and confident throughout the day.  We have the same goal and that is to make sure your wedding photos capture you at your best.
  • Plan Your Pictures – I find that half of the battle with taking formal wedding pictures is tracking down all of the participants. Aside from the wedding party, you will want certain friends and family members in your formal pictures.  I love when I get brides that have lists made of who they want in each picture and have informed those individuals to stay close by.  Not only does this make my job easier, but it will save you the time and frustration involved in trying to hunt down your relatives while moving quickly in your dress and heels.
  • Keep Your Bridesmaids on Standby – No doubt, you have already assigned countless tasks to you maid of honor. Just keep in mind that you also asked other friends to stand up with you as well. Your bridesmaids are there to make your life easier, so why not put them to work? If you assign tasks to them ahead of time, you will find that your wedding day will run a lot smoother and relatively stress free.

Wedding Day Musts

  • Eat Breakfast – I get it… The last thing on your mind when you wake up on your wedding day is food. Keep in mind that you will have a full day ahead of you and the next meal you eat can be upwards of 6 PM.  Racing around on an empty stomach can make you sick, crabby, and may even leave you looking run down in pictures. Trust me when I say that one breakfast is not going to make or break your wedding dress.  If you do not want to become a real bridezilla, don’t skip breakfast.
  • Pack a Snack – Again, you are in for a long day. Put a light snack in your wedding survival kit to be enjoyed during the limo ride or in between picture locations. Looking your best involves keeping your energy up and a quick bite can do wonders to rejuvenate you.
  • Bathroom Break- To fully understand this point, think about the time and energy it takes to get into your wedding dress. Now imaging having to take it off, run to the bathroom, and go through the steps to put it on again. Save yourself the hassle, and go to the bathroom before you put on the dress.
  • Have Photo Essentials Ready – When I arrive in the morning, it is important that you have all the items that you want photographed ready to go. This can include wedding rings, your jewelry and shoes, family rings or jewelry, wedding programs and invitations, etc… Basically, anything that is of sentimental value to you or that would make you cringe to know was not photographed, you need to have on hand.
  • Assign a Wardrobe Handler ­– If you have ever watched a red carpet event, you will see that many actors and actresses have a handler in charge of making sure they look dazzling at all times. Well your wedding day is your big premiere and you too need someone on beauty patrol. Make sure your maid of honor is keeping a close watch on your dress, make-up, and hair at all times and that she has tools on hand to handle any mishaps.  Think of her as your mirror with hands.

Useful Survival Kit Tips

  • Streak Free Tears – Being moved to tears during your wedding ceremony is a natural thing. Still, you don’t necessarily want to balance a large box of tissues with your wedding bouquet. Instead, try sticking a cue tip down your bouquet for an indiscreet tear mop. This is an excellent way to keep your makeup in place as well.
  • Wipe Away the Mess – You may just be getting married, but it is never too soon to discover the value of baby wipes. Whether you get something on your hands and face, or you need to wipe a stain off of your dress, baby wipes can be your best friend on your wedding day.
  • Protect those Heels – As we change locations throughout the day, your shoes may be exposed to different types of surfaces, like soft grass. You will want to be prepared and protect your shoes as best as you can.  A simple Google search will provide you with many options for heel protectors.
  • Change of Shoes – In my experience, many brides do not realize how much they will be on their feet during their wedding day. It is very common to ditch your wedding shoes by the time of the reception. Since that is not always possible, having a pair of flat shoes as a backup is a wise choice. Your shoes are not always shown in many pictures depending on the length of your dress, so you may even opt to change them right after the ceremony.

Friendly Reminders

  • Go with the Flow – As easy as it is to be obsessed with keeping everything on schedule, do not let it stress you out. I have yet to attend a wedding that was 100% on schedule and I do not expect that I ever will.  It is normal for things to come up and you just have to be flexible and stay calm.  To help ease your mind, give yourself a time buffer.  If you know your make-up will take 45 minutes, schedule it for an hour. Ending up with more time is better than running out of it.
  • Take a Deep Breath – Relax and have fun. This is everything you have been waiting for and your time to shine.  Sit back and take it all in.
  • It’s a Start to Your New Beginning – No matter how hectic and crazy the day may get, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the moment with your bride/groom. They are the reason you are there and the reason for the joy and celebration. Think of the wonders that lie ahead for the two of you and the love and light they have brought to your life. As long as you focus on that, your day is sure to be memorable and full of happiness.

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