Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wedding Day Tips

Finally after months of planning, the day is here!!! Here are some tips to make sure you have a remarkable day!

•Get plenty of sleep – try to relax and ease your nerves the night before the wedding. Do whatever you normally do to relax; read a book, watch a movie, take a bath, etc. There are some don’t as well: if you have never taken sleeping pills, don’t let this be the time you try and don’t drink to try to soothe your nerves, you don’t want to end up with a hangover.

•Make sure to set an alarm – this will ensure you are up in time and not running late, which can cause stress.

•Sent something to your bride/groom to be – this can be delivered by your maid/matron of honor, best man or wedding planner. It can be as simple as a card letting them know your feelings on this day.

•Stick to your morning routine – do everything you normally would in the morning; workout, drink coffee, watch the Today show, etc. this will help to keep you relaxed.

•Make sure to eat – this is very important! You may feel too nervous to eat breakfast but it is important. Stick to a meal that is non greasy and low in fat; cereal, oatmeal and eggs are a few suggestions. Stay away from juice – it has a lot of acid and it can make your stomach feel more irritated. Depending on what time you are getting married, you may need to eat lunch as well. A good rule of thumb is to eat a small meal every three hours to keep your energy up. Also do not eat foods that can cause bad breath such as garlic and fish or food that can make you feel bloated like onions and broccoli. Have simple snacks available while you are getting ready, a veggie tray or snack crackers are good options. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day!! Have a selection of drinks on hand.

•Eat before putting on your gown – you don’t want to end up with a spill on your dress. While getting ready, keep food and drinks away from your wedding ware.

•Use straws while drinking – this will help keep lipstick looking flawless.

•Have good light – natural light if possible. Your beauty team will need this light to make you look your best. Whether you are at a salon or hotel room, make sure you have access to a room with plenty of windows.

•Wear a shirt that buttons/zips up the front – you don’t want to mess with a shirt that you have to pull over your head. Make you wear something comfortable as well. Beauty takes time and you don’t want to be uncomfortable while getting ready.

•Take gowns out of the bags – this will give the garments time to air out and find out if there is any last minute pressing that needs to be done. Hang your wedding dress so the skirt and train are not touching the ground – an armoire, door frame or curtain rod usually work well. If you have a heavy gown, be cautious of hanging it on a curtain rod, it could fall. Also, make sure you dust the area around where you gown will be hanging. You don’t want to end up with dirty spots on your gown.

•Before you put on your gown – go to the bathroom!! Then put on all of your undergarments, except shoes (these can catch on the material of your dress), then put on your gown. Be sure to have help, especially if it is going over your head.

•Sit on a stool – if you need to sit, sit on a stool this way you can reduce the amount wrinkles on your gown. Lift up your dress so you are just sitting on your undergarments and then move your gown around the stool.

•Secure your veil – your hair dresser should attach your veil and make sure it feels secure. They should also be able to tell a family member or bridal party member, how to remove the veil, if you are taking it off later.

•Have photos done – plan to have your photographer arrive during the finishing touches of getting ready. You will not be able to capture these moments yourself, and having a photographer capture them will remind you of what you felt during that time.

•Be on time!!! Be on time!!! Be on time!!!

•Go to the bathroom one last time – before the ceremony begins. You want to be able to focus fully on the ceremony and not how much you need to go to the bathroom. Have your bridesmaids or family help you.

•Move your engagement ring – to your right hand right before the ceremony. The groom can put your wedding ring on your left finger during the ceremony without running into problems. After the ceremony, move your engagement ring back to your left hand.

***Pictures courtsey of Real Photography