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Don’t Forget To Do These 8 Things On Your Wedding Day
You’ve spent the past months or maybe even years planning the wedding you’ve dreamed of since you were a little girl, and the day is finally almost here! You’ve obsessed over all the details – but these eight things can be easy to forget. Having worked more than one hundred weddings as a professional makeup artist, I’ve kept some notes filed in my brain on what some brides forget to think of when it comes to the big day. Make sure you don’t forget to:
1. Check In with Vendors
This sounds obvious, but it’s always a good idea to over communicate with your vendors. In an ideal situation, your vendors should be the ones reaching out to you to make sure all details have been discussed, but this isn’t always the case. I typically email or text my brides a couple days before the wedding to make sure I have the hotel room number (if the party is getting ready at a hotel), confirm arrival time, etc. If it’s the morning of your wedding and you haven’t heard from a vendor yet, you should definitely reach out to them just to check in and make sure everything is still going to happen as planned.
2. Have Payments and Tips Ready
Your wedding is one expensive day! To reduce any unnecessary stress, be sure to know how much money you owe each vendor and don’t forget to calculate tips. Many of my brides hand me a sealed envelope with payment and tip all good to go after I am done with makeup. This makes it easy on me, and on the bride.
3. Prepare for Rain
No one wants it to rain on their wedding day. However, it sometimes happens. And in Upstate New York, it happens sort of a lot (unfortunately). As much as you probably don’t want to think about it raining during your fairy tale day (#positivethoughtsonly), it’s definitely a good idea to have a plan B. If you are planning on having an outdoor ceremony, reception, photo shoot, etc. be sure to have a back up plan just in case.
4. Eat Breakfast and Lunch
If I was getting married, no one would have to tell me not to forget this! However, some brides do overlook what to eat for breakfast and lunch. Whether you are getting ready in a home or at a hotel, have someone pick up fresh fruit, yogurt, granola bars, and bagels for breakfast. Sub trays are always an easy option for lunch! If you don’t have a large bridal party and are getting ready at a hotel, you could also order room service. No matter what, just be sure to eat – you don’t want to feel lightheaded while walking down the aisle!
5. Pack an Emergency Kit
Some things you’ll want to pack in a “wedding day emergency kit” include:
- Pain killers
- Bobby pins
- Safety pins
- Clear nail polish
- Nail file
- Lint brush
- Needle and thread
6. Photograph the Details
Your professional photographer is probably already planning on photographing all of the lovely details that make your wedding day so special. However, it is up to you to remember to bring some of these details that can easily be forgotten at home! Be sure to bring your printed invitation suite, a ring box, and of course your jewelry and shoes. Funny (well, not so funny) story: one of my best friends who got married last year actually forgot her wedding shoes. She picked out a beautiful pair of designer heels, brought them with her to the final dress fitting, and left them at the bridal shop which was more than an hour away. It wasn’t until she went to slider her heels on that she realized they were no where to be found. So as obvious as it might sound, make sure you have all of your wedding-day items packed and ready to go! Make a checklist and check things off as you pack them into your bags.
7. Wear Comfortable Shoes
Speaking of shoes, make sure the ones you choose are comfortable. You’ll be wearing them all day and night, and the last thing you want to deal with is aches and blisters. Another idea is to wear a pair of less practical, but beautiful heels for the ceremony, and more practical (but still beautiful!) dancing shoes for the reception.
8. Take It All In
Last but not least…Take. It. All. In. Your wedding day is just that: a day. It is less than 24 hours. So, from the moment you wake up in the morning right up until you go to bed with your brand new husband, enjoy every single moment. Be aware of your surroundings. Smile. Laugh. If something gets messed up, let it roll off your back. And let me tell you something – things get messed up alllll the time. I work weddings just about every single weekend, and there is almost always a hiccup at each one. Whether it’s the flowers you ordered not being the right color, a random stain on your dress that appeared out of thin air, forgetting your shoes, a vendor not showing up (super crappy, but I’ve seen this happen more times than I care to share)…things happen. The best thing for you to do is breath and try not to let it bother you.