The week of your wedding will more than likely be the most stressful, yet the most exciting and fast paced week of your wedding experience! So many things to juggle, so many things to finalize and all the little details that you don't want to miss! Your most perfect day is so close and the anticipation and countdown clocks have been in force for quiet some time now. You have prepared every little detail to perfection! I wanted to give you 5 tips for the week of your wedding that you will want to complete before the day of your wedding- this will help your day go more smoothly, and you can be stress free, enjoying your most special day and all of those that came to celebrate with you.
5 TIPS FOR THE WEEK OF YOUR WEDDING
1. DETAILS: Make a list of all details and put them in a box, this includes your jewelry, shoes, veil, invitation suite, and any other family heirlooms you want photographed (your ‘something borrowed’, something blue, your favorite perfume, anything that holds a special place in your heart. etc). If you do this before the night of or day of, you won’t be scrambling to gather your details for your photographer on your big day. (believe me- this helps a ton and saves more time for both you and I than you know)
2. FIND YOUR PEOPLE: Designate several points of contact- include them, they will love you for it: your wedding day shouldn’t be the day that you’re trying to balance and take care of all the things- even though if you're anything like me you want all the control- and I know it’s hard to give up control of things that you want to go perfect- you might feel uncomfortable asking people to do things for you – but I am here to tell you, there are people in your wedding and in your families who love you and want your day to be everything you've dreamed and wanted it to be! Make certain you designate AND delegate. Designate a person who know almost as much as you do about the wedding day to answer questions (typically your maid of honor or a sibling or soon to be sis in law). Delegate various point people for different tasks, such as ensuring ceremony items are in place, gathering family members for photos, holding on to important items, directing people on where to be seated etc,
3. SHOES, SHOES, SHOES- Break in your wedding shoes: I cannot stress this enough especially if you’re wearing heels, it’s a good idea to at least walk around a little in your wedding shoes. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to be stuck wearing uncomfortable shoes- and I would highly suggest bringing a pair of soft footed slip on shoes!
4. EMERGENCY KIT- Pack or order a wedding day emergency kit: There are many online resources that offer wedding day emergency kits- and if you have a planner or even possibly your wedding photographer may have one that they will bring. (I have one for my brides- it includes pins, deodorant, q tips, Tylenol, pepto bismo, tide pen, small sewing kit- etc.... or you can order your own on Amazon prime and have it within a few days, If you order your own you may want to get a few for your bridal part- they are small little "save the day" items that can be so simple yet the biggest blessing on wedding days!
5. REST AND WATER: Get enough rest: You are probably worn down by this point and just ready for everything to go as planned and to run smoothly- It's TRUE though- you need a good nights sleep, drink plenty of water, eat a good rehearsal dinner meal, have a good breakfast the day of- This is where those delegations that we discussed earlier comes in to play- have someone .... get breakfast and drinks for the morning of- someone who is NOT in the wedding party-as more than likely they will be getting hair and makeup done. It's kind of like your parents always told you before a big exam- (get rest, eat good,) It s SO important that you are taking care of yourself during this time! Rest can look different for everyone; be sure to do something the day before to bring you back to the true reason you’re doing all of this in the first place, whether it’s a walk with your fiancé to go over small details, some time to journal,a good book or podcast or a long bath. Whatever gives you small moments of joy and a moment to stop, catch your breath, and reflect on everything that lead you to this point. You’re going to feel much much better with rest, and reflection to enjoy your big day!
I'm sure that many of these tips are obvious, but reading them to yourself or out loud can truly give you a clear direction and things that you can get accomplished early so that you are not stressed on your wedding day! Believe me you and everyone else will feel so much better and have a more enjoyable experience.
These are just a few tips to make your actual wedding day a little easier. and DO NOT PANIC if you realize that you've forgotten something, these little things can be taken care of, –REMEMBER at the end of the day, you and your fiancé are going to be married and have your happily ever after – and that’s what truly matters!