You want nothing more then to enjoy your wedding right? You've spent months (or even years) planning and thousands of dollars paying for this event and we want to make sure you enjoy it. Here's some great advice on how to make sure that happens!
1. Sleep & Food: Make sure you get a good night's sleep. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and don't drink to much the night before. It will be a very long day and you won't want to be yawning at the alter! Also, make sure to have a high protein breakfast and snacks along the way while getting ready. It will be a while till you are able to eat again and this will keep you full longer.
2. Time Management: Give yourself plenty of time to get ready. You want to be able to enjoy this moment with your bridesmaids and groomsmen and not be rushing through the day. You also don't want to forget anything. Things will slip your mind if you're stressed about whether you will make it to the wedding on time.
3. Getting Ready Attire: Make sure to wear a robe or button down shirt while getting ready. You don't want to wear a t-shirt or tank top that you have to pull off over your head and risk ruining your hair-do and make-up.
4. To Do Lists: The boys will need this for the day of. Your bridesmaids are great at knowing what to do and how to help, groomsmen not so much. Make out a list (and even a timeline if necessary) of things the boys need to take care of the day of the wedding. Not all venues have a space for the men to get ready in, so make sure they have a list of everything they will need to bring with them as well.
5. Shoes: You NEED to break in your wedding shoes before the big day. This goes for everyone, bride, groom and bridal party. You want to make sure they fit right, are comfortable and most importantly, you can walk in them. Be aware of the terrain at the venue, will you need heel protectors or will wedges work better? Make sure to give your guests a heads up as well and ALWAYS bring flats to change into for dancing.
6. Survival Kits: Wedding day survival kits can come in very handy. This is something your maid of honor can put together and can range depending on what you might think you will need. Sewing kits, advil, deodorant, stain remover and tissues are some of the more popular items to pack.
7. Moments: Make sure you are taking mental snapshots of the day. Everyone says the day flies by and they are absolutely right. You've spent so much time and money on your wedding and POOF its over before you can blink. You will want to remember every moment you possibly can so stop, take a breath and take it all in once and awhile. Another good reason to hire a great photographer (and videographer if possible) so they can capture moments you may miss.
8. Dinner: Take time (even if it's just five minutes) to sit down and eat. You paid for this food and you should be able to enjoy it. Set up chairs across from you and invite guests to sit down and chat while you eat (because they will want to come and chat) or set aside some time to dine privately before making your entrance into the reception. This will give you some alone time and help keep your energy up for the rest of the night.
9. Late Night Snacks: Have your caterer or someone in the bridal party, pack some food to-go to take with you at the end of the night. You will need it after the long day. Make sure they include dessert!
10. Speech: Be sure to stand up and give a thank you speech as a couple. This is a great time to thank your guests for coming, thank your bridal party, parents and anyone else that helped make this day possible.
11. Candids: Ask your photographer to take lots of candid photographs throughout the night and grab some great group shots (your college roommates, your high school friends, the people you work with etc.). There will be many moments you'll miss and people you won't get to spend as much time with throughout the night.
12. Alcohol: Don't drink too much. I know it's been a stressful time and you are ready to let loose but you want to remember this night and no one likes a sloppy bride or groom.
13. Parents: Plan to spend some time with your parents throughout the night. Remember this is a big day for them too and they want to be able to enjoy it with you. Plan a special dance (other then the traditional mother/son, father/daughter dances), take photos and visit with them throughout the night.
14. Dancing: Give your DJ a list of songs you want to hear throughout the night and make sure you're on the dance floor when the DJ plays them.
15. Couple Time: This is your wedding day and you should be able to enjoy it together. Make sure you are taking time to reconnect throughout the night, even planning some special moments for alone time (private time post-ceremony, couple photos, eating privately pre-reception, dancing together etc.) You don't want to leave the wedding wondering why you barely saw each other all night.
16. Keep Calm: Let the small (and even some of the bigger) things go. Something will always go wrong the day of the wedding, that's just how they work. No one will notice (or care) if the rental company sends the wrong china or if the guest book table isn't in the exact right spot. They will remember if the bride is yelling at vendors or snapping at family. No one likes a brideszilla. Remember, no matter what, at the end of the day you will still be married to love of your life!