It is all very good learning a lesson from an experience or two, but most people do not ever get to have a second wedding. No matter how many times you check your to-do list or reading tips and tricks from brides who have already made their way down the aisle, there will be things that you wish you had done differently, and maybe even perhaps things you wish you had that you had no idea you needed to plan for. This is completely normal and easily avoidable. Grand Lens Photography shares 7 things you should consider doing for your wedding day.
Get your hair and makeup done by a professional
Although we’re sure you are truly talented to style your hair and do your own makeup, we seriously advise you to hire a professional for these tasks. Try powering through hair and makeup trials without leaving unsatisfied with the results. Bring photographic samples of the style you are looking for for your wedding day and have a bridesmaid take photos of the look at every angle. It might look beautiful in person, but it may photograph differently.
purchase a pair of flats
On the day of your wedding, you will be on your feet majority of the day. We guarantee you will be kicking off your gorgeous, but painful bridal heels, wishing you had brought along a pair of dainty and practical slip-ons. Even if you magically find a pair of bridal shoes that are 100% comfortable, accidents happen. The heel may break or you may want heels for photos and sandals for dancing. In any case, bring a second pair of shoes just in case.
take photos with the people you love most
Photographers typically request the couple to generate a list of photos most important to them. Even though this list is created, couples end up wanting to take pictures with as many wedding guests as they can. While your wedding photographer will manage to capture photos of nearly every person at the wedding, it is highly likely that you will wish the photographer had some photos taken with the ones you love most; especially with grandparents.
skip traditions you don't care for
Out with the old and in with the not so old. Do not bother with traditions such as throwing the bouquet if it is not important to you and your groom. Your very few female wedding guests won't mind it either. Do not feel obliged to include anything in your wedding just because it is considered “tradition”. If you do not care for it, eliminate it.
begin the speeches early
Normally, the groom, the best man, and fathers of the bride become nervous about their wedding toasts. Do them a favor and have them recite their speeches sooner rather than later. This way they can enjoy the rest of the evening without becoming too intoxicated beforehand.
remember to eat
It is quite easy to forget to eat when you are extremely busy and all of your emotions are worked up. Remember to eat during your reception and have a piece of that delicious wedding cake you and your groom carefully picked out. Not only did you pay a hefty fee for them, but we bet it’s all your favorite things as well. Eating will also massively help the inevitable post-wedding hangover.
Help your guests keep their drinks while they are dancing. Provide coasters that help people keep their drinks while dancing. This will save you a considerable amount of money if you are having a consumption bar and guests do not have to worry about having their drinks taken from them before they are finished with it.