10 wedding morning tips
You have been preparing for your wedding day for months – maybe years even – and it's finally here. Here are some tips on how to stay relaxed prior to the celebrations.
1. Have breakfast!
If you get ready at home, please make sure you have delegated someone to make breakfast. Even though you may feel nervous now, make sure you have breakfast in the morning, with your best friend, or your family, BEFORE any make up is applied or the hairdresser starts with your hair.
2. Hairdressers and Make-up Artist – bring them to you.
For your own sanity, ask them to come to your home or hotel room where you get ready. If you have to organise travel to and from hair dressers and beautician, this may add quite a bit of stress to your wedding morning. If nothing else, it will add time to your own to-do list on the morning. So if you can avoid it, don't leave the house or hotel room in the morning until you are about to leave for the ceremony. The most relaxed brides are the ones that don't take off their pyjamas until they put their dress on!
It's wonderful stuff, but only have it after you have had a good breakfast!!
4. Consider getting a trusted make-up artist.
Even if you are experienced in putting on your own make-up, please arrange an experienced wedding make-up artist who will come to you on your wedding morning. They will know exactly how long the make-up will take, taking into account all the people who have asked to be “beautified” – for example, bride, bridesmaids, & mother of bride. Wedding make-up is slightly different to your own day-to-day make-up.
Always have a make-up trial, During a make-up trial, you will learn about different options and you can let the make-up artist know what your make-up normally looks like and what you expect on the wedding day. Wedding make-up tends to be a bit heavier than your normal one. An experienced make-up artist will know how to bring out the beauty in a bride with make-up that is great for photographs, and most importantly, make-up that lasts throughout the day.
Make sure you have a hair trial a few weeks before your wedding. This gives you plenty of time to discuss with your hairdresser what you would like your hair to to look like on your wedding day.
6 Wedding Day “Emergency” Kit
The best type of maid of honour is like a boy scout – always prepared and always helpful. To earn your merit badge, put together a bridal emergency kit, full of those unexpected emergencies.
Fill a small bag with items such as:
A travel size sewing kit (you'd be amazed at the magic tricks just one safety pin can perform).
Clear nail polish (for panty hose/stocking runs) & a extra set of panty hose or stockings.
Other ideas for the “emergency kit” include tissues, breath mints, tampons, hand cream, Nail file, Earring backs, Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick, Eye-drops (look for redness reducing) and band-aids.
7. The dress: how to put it on?
First things first: go to the toilet one last time before you put your wedding dress on
On your wedding day, your hair will be all done up, and if you have a veil, it will be in your hair by that time. Now imagine pulling a (mostly!) tight dress over your head! I have seen a lot of brides in distress simply because they didn't know any different. Then they realised that they can step into the dress and pull it up. Even if your dress has an underskirt, you can put on the underskirt after you have stepped into the dress! Shoes are last by the way! Your mum or your bridesmaid can help you put your shoes on!
8. Doing up your dress.
Some dresses have buttons at the back, others have a zip, and others come with laces that need to be fastened. Please speak with your wedding dress supplier at your final fitting, and take the person with you who will be with you on the morning of your wedding. The dress sales staff will be able to show that person how to fasten the dress just perfectly so that it looks stunning!
9. Photographs before you leave.
If your photographer is with you in the morning, plan a little bit of time for photographs to be taken before you leave for the ceremony. It's always lovely to have a few photographs of the excitement leading up to the ceremony and have a photograph with your dearest family and friends just before you leave. Any photographer will be able to take these photographs quickly, but you still need to plan a few minutes for them.
10. Before entering the ceremony room.
Delegate the duties of the last dress check to one of your bridesmaids. Is the veil sitting ok? Is the train laid out properly? Is your bridal bouquet all prepared?
Now take a deep breath and walk down that aisle… and relax…A relaxed bride is a beautiful bride.
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