Let’s face it, wedding days are crazy! There’s so much to do in such a short amount of time. Not to mention, as women we tend to put ourselves last- even if it’s our special day! Here’s our list of five things you should really make time for. We promise it will make your wedding day even more amazing!
1. Water Breaks
Fun Fact: Just because you’re busy and don’t want to smudge that makeup you just spent hundreds of dollars on, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be hydrating. The number of brides who go the whole day barely eating and only drinking cocktails is unreal! And guess what? By the end of the night they are tired, lightheaded, and they feel terrible. Make sure to keep a bottle of water nearby and hydrate before or after each big transition to keep your skin looking great and your body feeling even better. P.S. It also helps to keep your feet from cramping in your super cute wedding shoes 😉
2. Signing Time
A lot of people don’t realize how much time it takes to sign a marriage license. If you have a tight timeline for photos after your ceremony, this can really slow things down. We recommend taking a few minutes to fill everything out before the ceremony starts, or at the rehearsal the day before. This gives everyone a chance to sit down and breathe for a few seconds, and it ensures you won’t forget to do the official stuff before getting swept up in the magic of the rest of the night.
3. A Private Meal
By the time newlyweds get married, take photos, do their grand entrance, dance with their parents, visit each table, thank all their loved ones, dance their butts off, and hop into their getaway car, they are starving! There may be a few minutes to snag a few bites of food (and feed each other some cake), but is that really enough to keep you going all night long? We recommend building about 15 minutes into your timeline to sit together and enjoy a meal without people interrupting for a photo and a hug. There’s plenty of time for that later, so make sure to savor some quiet alone with your new partner. If you have a getting ready room, see if the caterer can preset plates before entering for reception. We promise you’ll feel a million times better for it!
4. Time to Bustle
Depending on what kind of dress you choose, bustling the train could take a hot second. Designate people in advance to help with the task, and ask if they have time to find the bustle points or practice beforehand. The more confident they feel doing it, the less stressed you will feel day-of! *Note: This is a great time to hydrate and touch up hair and makeup as well!
5. A Moment of Gratitude
It takes a lot of people to make a wedding happen. Parents, friends, family, vendors, venue staff, bartenders, servers, drivers– they all have taken time out of their day to support you two. Try to take a moment during the day to be thankful for all their hard work. It’s so easy to let yourself get swept up in everything and not really notice the small things happening around you. No one wants to leave their wedding at the end of the night feeling like they barely experienced it. Stop. Breathe. Look around. Appreciate. It only happens once, so don’t let it slip away.