For all you brides in wedding planning mode, here is a good list of tips from Bridal Guide that can help take the stress out of your wedding day:
1. Finalize your wedding itinerary. “Your wedding timeline needs to be realistic and have room for error. If you don’t have a planner, ask your photographer and on-site coordinator for guidance; they’ve done this many times and can help you avoid any red flags,” says Gina Jokilehto-Schigel from Shi Shi Events. Complete this task at the beginning of your wedding week so that you can confirm all of your vendors. Then, distribute copies of the timeline to your bridal party and family members at the rehearsal dinner so that everyone is on the same page about who needs to be where and when.
2. Make sure your wedding gown fits properly. “I’ve had brides put their wedding dress on only to find that their alterations weren’t complete, and there were still pins in it,” says Joni Scalzo from Your Special Day by Joni. Also, when you take your dress home, be sure to take the garment bag off so that it has time to “breathe” and settle.
3. Break in your wedding shoes. Don’t let aching feet put a damper on your big day! Stretch out your heels in advance by wearing a thick pair of socks and aiming a hair dryer at the tighter spots (keep them on while they cool). You could also try placing a bag of water in each heel and freezing them overnight. Better yet, bring a change of shoes that you can slip on while shooting photos outdoors or after the first dance.
4. Drop off necessary ceremony and reception items to your wedding venue. For example, your sign-in book, unity candles, bathroom amenity baskets, menus, table numbers, escort cards, card box, etc. Organize everything into bins and include notes with any special instructions about what goes where. Give your venue coordinator a list of items that need to be returned to you post-celebration like framed photos or your cake topper.
5. If you can avoid it, don’t plan your rehearsal dinner the night before your wedding. “Schedule it two days prior, instead, to avoid being over-scheduled before your wedding,” says Shannon Dexter from All You Need is Love Events. She tells us that some of her brides and grooms often choose to have dinner alone the night before their wedding so they can spend some quality time together and relax.
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Happy Wedding Planning!