Wedding Day Tips : The Morning of The Wedding For The Bride24  Jun 2014         Jessica Ratty

The morning of your wedding is the most exciting, nervous, sometimes stressful day of your life. But if you follow a few tips and are nice and organised, you will be able to completely relax and enjoy every minute of it. There should be no stress or rushing, if you keep to a schedule and everything is well organised, you will be glowing the entire time!

So here are some of my tips (From being on both sides of the situation - a photographer capturing the day, to a Bride experiencing it all happening). In order for the morning of the wedding to run smoothly, you have to be pre-prepared as there is many things that need to be done and organised, which you don't want to be worrying about on your wedding day!

1) Get To Know Your Gown : When you go in for your wedding gown fittings or even the final fitting, make sure you take a couple of your bridesmaids with you, or your mother etc. That way the gown boutique can show them exactly how to do up your dress (as this can be quite tricky and if the girls are unsure of what they are doing, it can take a long time too). Make sure they also show them where the Gowns Bustle is and how to do it up. The bustle is on most gowns that have a train, it basically ties the train up to the back of the gown (for your reception) so you can dance and not worry about people standing on it. It will also make it a lot easier to do your Bridal Waltz!

2) It Is All In The Details: Have all of your details ready before the morning of the wedding and have them all together - shoes, lingerie, jewellery, garter, perfume, veil, deodorant, anything that you will need while getting ready. That way you aren't worrying or rushing around to find them on the morning.


3) Be Organised And Have A Plan: If you need to have a night bag packed for a hotel stay that night, make sure the bag is already packed and near the front door, you don't want to be trying to organise what you need or packing while you are being pampered. It also helps to have a list of things that need to be done, things that can be done the week before, the day before or the day of the wedding. You want as little as possible to do on the morning of the wedding as you just won't have time. You can also make a list of things you need to take with you, when you leave for the ceremony, so there is nothing you forget! Also a rough timeline for the morning is a good idea, so you can make sure the hair and makeup is running on time. You can also designate jobs and tasks - that is what your Bridesmaids are for! Before our wedding I would tell my Bridesmaids that they were my Bride-slaves! They are there to help you and make the day fabulous for you and stress free. At some point, you need to let the control go and let them sort some situations out.

For my Bride's I like them to be ready - gown on, two hours before they need to leave for the ceremony. That way they can relax and enjoy the morning, getting lots of gorgeous images, drink champagne and take in the day! As the Bride - you DO NOT want to be the last one getting your hair and makeup done! You either want to be close to the start or somewhere in the middle. This is one of the most important tips that you can take! If hair or makeup is running late and you are last, you are the one who is running late and stressing out over time. Which means, you get stressed, you are rushing to get ready, you don't get all of the beautiful images that you see in our display albums and you don't get the chance to enjoy it all. At least if they are running slightly behind schedule with the bridesmaids or mother of the bride, we can start getting you in your gown and photographing you - after all the day is all about you! Then if something does happen to your hair or makeup - the artists are still there to do touch ups and fix anything. 

4) The Shoes Are Important : If you are wearing new shoes on the day - make sure you wear them in before the day and can comfortably walk in them. It is also a good idea to pack some flats, as it is a long day and usually by the reception (if not before) you will definitely be wanting to swap to flats. Usually your guests won't even be able to tell and you will enjoy the night so much more - pain free!

5) Where To Get Ready: Think about where you are going to get ready on the morning of the wedding. There are a few things to consider - is there enough space for everyone to be? Bridesmaids, Parents, Hairdresser, Makeup Artist, Bride, Photographer and anyone else that may be there. Also you want to make sure there is room to have photos taken, as if all of the rooms are filled with boxes and things, then there may not be space for photos. So you want as much space as possible. You also want to aim to be getting ready somewhere that has quite a lot of window light - not only is it beautiful for photographs but it is also preferred by the makeup artists so they can get the colours exactly correct. Another thing to think about is how many people do you want there in the morning? Don't forget, you have a lot to do and there is so much happening... Sometimes if there are a lot of people around, they can stress the Bride out more and cause delays. You really want to have only people who need to be there, to be there. On the morning of the wedding, everyone will have lots of questions... and you being the Bride... everyone wants the answer from you.. so the less people there, the less tense you will feel. Also while you are having your photos taken, if you have a lot of people there staring and watching you, a lot of Brides tense up and don't relax in their images. But if you can have photos away from everyone, you will be able to relax and just breath and have some time to yourself. Another thing to think about, is if there are going to be young children there, who is going to be looking after them? As if it is one of the Bridesmaid's she will already be busy doing her hair, makeup, getting dressed, having photos. So make sure there is someone there who's job is to look after the kids.

6) The Beautiful Veil :  If you are wearing a veil on the day, make sure you cut off the little ribbon loop that is attached to the veil comb.. As it is only there to help hang it before the day.. if you leave it on, it can stick up during the day and be very noticeable in photos etc. Also if you are wearing a veil, make sure it is secured in firmly.. don't forget it has a big day to last through, after the ceremony - hugs and congratulations (guests have a tendency to yank the veil without realising), walking down the isle, getting in and out of cars, dancing, the wind and just overall enjoying the day. So make sure you have bobby pins to help secure it... and even pack some extras incase during the day it starts to come loose, you can re-secure it. 

7) Hair And Make-up : When it comes to your hair and makeup - make sure you have had a trial before hand and in the trial they have given you exactly what you want and how you want it.. as on the day it is too late if there is any confusion or miscommunication. Make sure it is definitely clear what the hair and makeup plan is on the day. While you are getting pampered and primed, make sure you are either wearing a robe or a button up shirt... the last thing you want is to have the perfect hair and makeup and then go to pull your t-shirt over your head and it catches your hair and rubs against the makeup. Then when it is time to put your beautiful gown on - again you want to protect your hair, makeup and not to mention your brand new white gown! So it depends on your gown, if you can step into your gown to put it on, then there is no issue... if you have to put it over your head to get it on... a pillow case over your head is a perfect solution. It will protect your gown from getting makeup and foundation rubbed on it, it will also protect your hair and makeup from getting caught or damaged.

8) Rest And Refresh : Get a good nights sleep - you want to wake up refreshed, not tired or in a grumpy mood. If you wake up refreshed you will be excited and relaxed for the entire day. You don't want to wake up tired, because trust me, the wedding day is a very long and full on day, you will be completely exhausted by the end of your reception, so SLEEP as much as you can the night before.

On the morning of the wedding make sure you drink water and EAT BREAKFAST trust me - I give this advice to all of my Brides, but even on our wedding day I found myself so excited and so wrapped up in what was happening that I kept saying I didn't need to eat... Luckily my Mum is Italian and very persistent! It is really important you drink and eat during the day... There have been quite a few weddings, where Brides have been so caught up in the excitement, that they forget to drink or eat anything... then when it comes to the reception they are physically sick and can't enjoy their night!

9) Drying Your Flowers : To keep your bouquets fresh, most florists will drop off your flowers in a big box and each bouquet has its own water source.. this is great for the morning so it keeps them nice and fresh. But have a towel or tea towel ready to go - because before you need your flowers (for photos etc) you want to make sure the stems are completely dry! If they aren't and they happen to touch your gown/Bridesmaid gowns - depending on the fabric, even the water will stain and leave a mark. 

10) Relax And Enjoy : Things may go wrong on the day or plans may change, do not stress yourself about it, just move on and forget about it - you have plenty of time after the wedding to sort things out or be mad. On the day, there is nothing that can be done and you do not want it to ruin your special day! The day will be amazing no matter what, so don't let things stress you out or ruin your day! Just keep in mind what the day is about and what is important. 

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