Weddings are a trip that will take you through a rainbow of emotions. There will be moments of anxiety, excitement, pure joy and then a surreal feeling afterwards that makes question, Did that just happen or was I dreaming? To help make the planning and big day go as smoothly as possible, I’ve compiled my best 5 tips I learned from my wedding (plus the ultimate lesson), that I sincerely hope make your day run a little smoother.
1. Do as many makeup and hair trials as you need to in order to feel completely confident in your beauty team. I was a bit of a psycho and did 4 make up trials and 2 hair trials until it was perfect My wallet regretted it, but I sure didn’t when I felt my most beautiful on my wedding day.
2. Planning a wedding and even the actual day of can be super stressful. Choose a wedding party that’s filled with supportive and helpful (And FUN) friends & fam who won’t add to your stress level.
3. Wedding planner = Life saver. If it’s in your budget to hire a wedding planner, it’s sooo completely worth it. On the big day, there is a ton going on and you need someone to assist. Trust me, things will come up that you won’t even think of and you’ll want an outside person to focus on dealing with guest hotel room probs while you sip on a mimosa and get beautified. Before you choose a planner, talk to them about what specific duties you’d like them to assist with. Can’t afford a planner? Designate an uber organized/Type A personality friend or friend of a friend to help. The hard thing about asking a family member is you want them to enjoy the wedding, but if they’re willing, go for it.
4. Think you’ve allowed yourself enough time for wedding party hair, photos, transportation, toasts? Add more time. And then a bit more. It’s pretty much a guarantee a bridesmaid/make up artist will be a few minute late, the brides hair will take way longer than time allotted or corralling the groomsmen for pics will screw up your timeline. Plan accordingly, so it doesn’t stress you on your day.
5. Shoes. Girl, I get it. You want the gorgeous Badgley Mischka’s with the 5 in heel. I did. I also was taking baby steps by the time my ceremony ended because my feet had swelled a bit after standing all day. My feet were in P-A-I-N. I was freaking out cause how was I suppose to do my first dances, let alone dance the night away? Luckily, my very generous and sweet friend GAVE ME HER SHOES. Yep, those are the kind of friends I have. Moral of the story-bring some comfy back up shoes. I wore wedges which worked perfectly on the dance floor and I still felt tall. Win-Win.
6. MOST importantly, enjoy every minute. Everyone warned me it would go by so quickly. It true, it really will go by in an instant. If something goes wrong, who cares? Take a deep breath and grab a glass of rosé. You’re surrounded by the people you love most in the world and you get to marry your dream boat. Mission accomplished.