During my bridal trials I am always sharing advice and tips on how to have a stress free, relaxing wedding morning. I have put together this useful blog post for ease of reference for anyone that may find it helpful while planning your special day.
As a bridal make up artist, I have been blessed to be a part of 100’s of wedding mornings each one special and unique in their own way. I have seen the wedding morning from all angles as a bride myself and also as a bridesmaid three times! Along the way I have picked up some valuable tips, advice and tricks that may help you to ensure that your wedding morning is fun, relaxed and runs as smoothly as possible.
- Have your Hair & Make up done in your chosen wedding morning location
Trust me on this one, the best way to take the stress, rush and panic out of your wedding morning is to have your hair stylist & make up artist come to you on the morning of your wedding, the suppliers will ensure a lovely calm and fun atmosphere in the comfort of your own surroundings for the morning. It means you will have a little more time to do the things that need to be done in between hair & make up etc and it provides a more relaxed, comfortable setting for all involved. The majority of Hair stylists & Make up artists will provide a call out service for bridal parties.
The day before your wedding is your time to get organised for the actual day itself. You will find the week of your wedding is generally a busy one, with lots to do and appointments to keep etc so preparation and planning really is key. Make lists and tick them off as each task is completed, you will have so much going through your head that it can be easy to forget something.
In advance Make a checklist of all the things you will need on your wedding morning, throughout the day & for the evening, some examples include:
- Morning- Perfume, Jewellery, underwear, wedding shoes, lipstick, purfume, garter, sentimental items, veil, engagement ring, wedding rings, headpiece, handbag, overnight hotel bag.
- In your Hotel bag- plasters, comfortable shoes for dancing, baby wipes, your wedding perfume, deodorant, sewing kit with white thread, nappy pins (these are useful when putting up your wedding dress train for the evening reception) scissors, double sided lingerie tape, hairspray, hair clips, shampoo & conditioner, lip balm, your wedding dress bag to carry your dress home the following day, your morning after outfit. It is a good idea to allocate someone to bring this into the hotel for you on your wedding day.
To be extra prepared and organised have all of your wedding day items set up & together in your getting ready room, Tick of the checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything. This will save time when it comes to getting ready as everything is ready to go and in the one place, it also makes for a really pretty photo opportunity for your photographer. It is a good idea to also also have the outfits and items set up & ready for the bridesmaids & mother of the bride, sometimes there can be a last minute panic when a pair of earrings or tights etc cannot be found at the last minute.
Photo credit: Nick O Keeffe Photography
In your getting ready area it is handy to have the following items close to hand:
- Baby wipes, deodorant, tissues, scissors, safety pins, double sided lingerie tape (ideal if a strap is slipping)
- The day before your wedding Remove the store labels from each clothing item including your wedding dress, veil, jewellery, bridesmaid dresses etc. Another job to have done in advance and there wont be a last minute dash for a scissors.
Photo Credit Ross Costigan Photography
It is a good idea to have a timetable/ schedule for the morning to include showers, car ribbon duty, food collection etc so that everyone knows where they need to be and at what time. As a make up artist I generally give my brides a rough make up timeline so that they can be prepared and plan out the morning for the ladies. It is a Good idea to include Dads & brothers in this who sometimes forget to have showers or shave etc until the very last minute!
Another big question I am often asked is when should the bridal party get dressed. I always suggest chatting to your photographer about this but generally I would aim to be getting into your dresses with 1 hour to go, it will take longer than you expect to get all the ladies dressed, jewellery on, last minute checks etc. It is nice to be all ready, have time for photos and also a few minutes of downtime to enjoy a glass of bubbly before the wedding ceremony.
Another little tip for the bride, on your wedding morning remember to take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror, you will be transformed into a beautiful bride and it is important to take in the moment after all your planning & preparations it is lovely to savour all the feelings & excitement of finally seeing your bridal look all come together.
Photo Credit Nicola Webster
It may seem obvious but it can be surprising on your wedding morning how the last thing you will think of is eating especially as your tummy may feel a bit funny with a mix of butterflies, nerves and excitement. Eat a substantial breakfast when your first wake something that you are used to and then something again around 11.30am before you get dressed. It is a long time until your main meal is served that evening and you don’t want to get light headed, tired or dizzy. It is a good idea to bring some sandwiches, bananas or something clean and easy to eat for the car journey to your wedding reception. Trust me I speak from experience of being a part of bridal parties on this one!
Photo Credit Dk Photo
- Allocate jobs
Don’t be afraid to delegate, Most men are a bit lost on the wedding morning in a house full of women getting pampered so they love having something to do. Allocate them useful jobs like putting on Car ribbons, Breakfast collection, flower collection, putting up directional signs, dropping things to the church etc.
Photo Credit: David McClelland
- Organise supplier envelopes before the wedding day
Organise all your suppliers payments the week of the wedding, don’t forget to deduct your deposits to from the final payment. Allocate trustworthy people to pay each supplier on the day. Where possible have some of your wedding suppliers paid in advance of the day. On our wedding day we allocated this job between my brothers, and the grooms brothers so that one person wasn’t carrying all the envelopes.
- Limit callers
Sometimes this is beyond your control but try to keep the house as stress free as possible try to avoid any unnecessary visitors. Sometimes relations, neighbours, friends etc call in at the last minute on their way to the church, this can be the busiest time of the morning when everyone is trying to get dressed and organised to leave for the ceremony. At this time the house can get quite hectic so limit it as much as possible to close family or anyone that may be needed. There will be lots of time for chat and catch ups with everyone after the wedding ceremony.
- Present Giving If you intend on giving your bridesmaids or any family members a gift, card etc on the morning of the wedding I would suggest doing this early on in the morning rather than nearer the ceremony time. As the morning progresses it may be forgotten and it is only at the last minute when the bridesmaid are missing earrings (as they are the present) that it is remembered. It is nice for the bride to be able to enjoy and share in such a special moment and so that the receiver can appreciate the thought and effort that the couple have put in.
Photo Credit: David McClelland
Other general little tips that might be useful:
- Get all the men to try on their hire suits the day before the wedding day. It is all to common for a mishap with the suits to take place, the size, length etc. To avoid any last minute dash back into the shop on the morning of the wedding do a check of all the suits the day before. Start your mass booklet information well in advance. Choosing readings, songs and pieces for your ceremony may take longer than you expect. Try to choose songs that you both love and enjoy listening to. They will become a very fond memory every time you hear them afterwards.
- Try not to leave the table plan until a few days before the wedding. This may take longer than anticipated. A few weeks before the big day, start a rough draft of the plan. As your rsvps are coming in you can erase the no’s from the plan. A couple of days before the wedding you can the complete the final plan. It will be easier to have the main bulk of the job done in advance.
- Do as much as you can in the months leading up to the big day. Try not to get to caught up in the small stuff.
- Email all your wedding suppliers to confirm wedding times, directions, any details they require, confirm they have the right venue, day and date etc about 2 weeks before. This will give you piece of mind on the day that all of your suppliers will be there.
- Don’t stress or worry about the weather. It is beyond your control and something you can’t plan. Have a some umbrellas on back up just in case and if it does rain don’t dwell on it. Sun, cloud, Rain, hail, sleet or snow your wedding day will be one of the best & happiest days of your lifes. I hope you will find this somewhat helpful for your wedding planning. I look forward to doing more helpful wedding posts in the future.
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Until next time,