Keep yourself hydrated and nourished
Remember to eat and drink. You can become de-hydrated and blood sugar levels can drop, making you dizzy and feeling faint.
Hair and makeup
When arranging your appointments with hairdressers and makeup artists, you should ensure that you as the bride get done first, and have your own transport in case you have to leave before the bridesmaids are finished. This will ensure that you will be dressed and ready when the photographer and/or video operator arrive.
If you are having makeup professionally done, ask them for a sample of the product you are using. Most places have samples and are happy to give them to you. They are a convenient size to put in a small bag to re-apply as needed after the ceremony and throughout the reception.
Only put the flowers in the fridge if you are getting married in winter or where the outside temperature is quite cool. Flowers don’t take kindly to be thrust into a furnace after they have sat undisturbed for some hours beside the cheese slices.
Queensland brides should leave the flowers wrapped in wet paper towels (around the stalk end) at room temperature, otherwise the flowers go into ‘shock’ when they go outside and won’t survive.
Both the groom and his attendants should be on site at least a half hour before the ceremony start time to be able to greet the guests, and to be ready for the photographer.
Contrary to popular belief, it is no longer fashionable for the bride to be late. This may have been the case in a time when churches or venues only booked one wedding per day, however these days sites can be booked for another wedding, and you don’t want to be hurried along by the arrival of the next bride and groom.
Also, late arrival of the bride can cause undue stress for the groom and his attendants, and your guests; especially the elderly and young children. These people have already been ‘standing around’ for some time, and tend to become tired and unsettled. In the interests of all concerned, you should aim to be on time.
- Buttonhole flowers are worn on the left lapel, with the flower facing up. Flowers are usually worn by the groom and his attendants, plus the fathers of the bride and groom.
- For best photographic results, shave 2-3 days before the wedding and then wait until the morning of the wedding to shave again.
- Pack an‘emergency kit’ and ask a friend to hang on to it until needed. Include things like lipstick, make up touch ups, nail varnish (to fix a run in stockings), safety pins and/or needle and thread, aspirin, spare hanky or tissues, band aids.
- Consider packing some comfy shoes that you can change into after the photos and formalities are over.
- If you are spray tanning for your wedding, trial the product or professional service first, to be certain you are going to like the end result.
- Do not apply any hair removal creams or waxes within a day or two of your wedding unless you are certain that you won’t have a reaction to it.
- Clean your engagement ring (and any other jewellery you will be wearing) so that it will match your shiny new wedding ring.
- If you are wearing a strapless gown, take your bra off at least three hours before the photographer’s arrival on your wedding day. Bra strap marks stay embedded in the skin for a long time and look unsightly in photographs.
Transport to the wedding venue
Close to your wedding date and at approximately the same time and day as the wedding, have a practice run from where you are getting dressed to the venue. This will cater for about the same type of traffic conditions. Obeying all traffic lights, directions, speed limits etc, note the time it took to get there, then add 15 minutes to it. Use this practice run to calculate the time the bride should be in the car and on her way, taking into account that you may need to allow an extra 10-15 minutes on arrival at the venue for the photographer. This extra time ensures that she will be able to be taken around any traffic diversions, accidents, RBTs and so on, so that you arrive cool, calm and collected.
If using limousines or hire vehicles, contact the company a few days before the wedding date and go over all transport requirements, particularly timings of arrival at the bride’s home, departure from there and arrival time at the wedding venue, allowing for the photographer who may take up to 15 minutes to take shots of your arrival. Ensure that the driver will know the location and directions to the wedding venue.
In the event of any accident, flat tyre or vehicle breakdown, it is a good idea for the bride (or father of the bride, if in the same car) has at least $40-50 so that if worst case scenario means that you have to call a cab, you have the money to pay for the fare. Do not wait for help. Have a cab number handy.