10 Tips for the Morning of your Wedding
1. Have a timeline, but be flexible
A timeline for the day is important for keeping everyone on track. (See here for tips in making a timeline for your day!) It is equally as important to have an abbreviated timeline for the morning. When do you aim to have your makeup done? When do you aim to have your dress on? When should your bridesmaids be ready? What about the groomsmen? When should everybody be getting to the venue? Making this as clear as possible to all parties involved helps keep everyone running more on time and getting to where they should be when they should be there. All that being said, make sure you leave extra time in there! Inevitably, something will go wrong and you will need time to correct. Have you promised yourself that everything will go right? Excellent! It will give you some time to relax and just enjoy the time with your family and friends.
2. Hang up your dress and veil
It can be incredibly helpful for your morning day-of plans to hang up your dress and veil the night before. While it is always advisable to have a clothes steamer on hand, hanging everything the night before will help alleviate some of the stress of making sure it looks flawless the next day.
3. Have all your details together
While you are getting ready, your photographer will be taking pictures of all your accessories and such. In order to make that as smooth as possible, it helps to have everything together and ready to go. This does include your significant other’s details too (They can stay with him though, unless asked otherwise)! Here are some things to think about:
- The wedding rings
- Jewelry (necklace, bracelet, etc)
- Hair pieces
4. Count your outlets
When you and all your bridesmaids are getting ready, remember that there are going to be all kinds of things being used all at once! Hair dryers, straighteners, curlers, phones being charged, a speaker for your music… You will definitely want to make sure where you are getting ready can support all of the plugs at once. If you are in a hotel or designated wedding venue, that may not be an issue. If that is the case, it may just be helpful to have a power strip or two, just for the flexibility of having physical, available plugs.
5. Have your music ready
Most times, a wedding day begins early. Everything takes longer when it has to do with a wedding. You don’t want your day to drag! In order keep everyone moving and enjoying themselves, have a playlist ready to go with a few hours worth of music! Don’t have that much in your repertoire? Ask your bridesmaids for their musical preferences and add those to your playlist as well. To note: it is the day for ALL the sappy love ballads.
6. Have your bridesmaids get ready first
While they don’t have to be 100% ready to go, having them have their makeup and hair done and in their dresses will make it much easier for pictures for when you put on your dress. Everyone looks so put together and coordinated. Plus, it makes it so much easier to go straight to pictures as soon as the bride is ready.
7. Don’t forget to eat and drink
As you are getting ready in the morning, it may seem like your nerves have the best of you and your mind is in a million places at once. However, it is really, really important to make sure you are drinking a lot of water and getting at least a little sustenance. You don’t want to faint up at the altar from lack of eating! It will keep you clear-headed and hydrated, which will be helpful for your energy level throughout the day.
8. Designate someone as clean-up duty
Getting ready areas are like magnets for disasters. It tends to kind of look like a tornado went through the room by the time everyone is done. It isn’t the worst thing in the world (I am all about real life), but at the same time, for the sanity of everyone, it helps to have someone (or two someones) designated for cleaning up as the morning goes on and again when the wedding is over. Not having to worry about the trash and all your stuff as you are wrapping up your day allows you to not be as stressed and to just focus on you and your new partner.
9. Pee before your dress goes on
This one kind of seems like a no-brainer. BUT in the hustle and bustle of the morning, it is an easy one to forget! Make sure you take the time to go to the bathroom as much as possible before your dress goes on. This is a must-do as you are going to be in a hard-to-navigate dress for a long time. If you like your privacy when you pee, this is an important step!
10. Stop planning/stressing
This is your big day! At this point, whatever will be, will be. You have been planning for a long time and can no longer do so. Just enjoy the flow of the day and being with your friends and family. Take in the moments with your significant other and relax with them.