There are a million and one things to think about when it comes to planning your wedding. Here is our list of top 10 things every bride forgets to help you avoid common wedding planning pitfalls and enjoy a stress-free wedding day:
1. Break in your heels
Blisters and aching arches will really put a dampener on your day. Make sure you wear your wedding shoes around the house a lot in the run up to your wedding - especially if you're not used to wearing heels. It's also a good idea to have a pair of pretty flats as a back-up on the day just in case.
2. Eat breakfast!
In the rush between getting your hair and make-up done and arriving at the ceremony venue you'd be forgiven for missing breakfast - and maybe even lunch if you're having your ceremony around midday. Don't let a rumbly tummy intrude on your wedding vows, pack a protein bar or other snack that you can eat on the hoof if you don't have time for a proper meal.
3. Remembering a pretty hanger for your dress
A cheap wire or plastic hanger will really spoil the classic shot all photographers take of your dress hanging up before you put it on. It seems a small thing, but you'll be glad you invested in a special hanger to display your dress on the morning of the wedding.
4. Have an emergency kit
Pack an emergency kit that includes things like tissues, superglue, safety pins, hair pins, tampons, spare nylons, mints, cleansing wipes, deodorant, perfume, make up, blister plasters, pain killers, nail file, sewing kit etc. Entrust it to your bridesmaids on the day so if you need to touch up your make up or get a ladder your stockings you can make a quick pit stop.
5. Nominate a "go-to" person
Choose one of the ushers or a reliable friend or family member to be the point of contact for all queries on the day. Equip them with an itinerary, a list of suppliers with contact numbers, the name and phone number of your contact at your wedding venue and a seating plan. Let all your guests know that if in doubt they should ask your go-to person (rather than have them ringing you on the morning of the wedding and stressing you out!).
6. Pack an overnight bag
You'll need something to wear on the morning after your wedding as well as your toiletries so you can look your best coming down to breakfast the next day. If you're getting ready at home rather than at the venue on the morning of the wedding, ask a family member to take your bag to the honeymoon suite so it is waiting for you at the end of the day.
7. Clearing away at the end of the night
Your caterers should clear all the plates, glasses, rubbish etc. (check with them beforehand) but what happens to the table centrepieces and other bits and bobs? Make arrangements for clearing away of decorations after the event such as floral arrangements and decorative items like photo frames, projectors, disposable cameras plus any lost property and wedding gifts or cards.
8. Gifts for your special guests
It's traditional for the bride to give a gift to her bridesmaids and for the groom to do the same for his best man and ushers. In recent times, there has also been a rise in the trend for the wedding couple giving each other a gift on the morning of the wedding. If someone has been especially helpful, e.g. your mum or a friend, it's nice to give them a thank you gift too.
9. Keep track of your wedding presents and monetary gifts
Before you get stuck into unwrapping all your gifts or banking cheques, start a spreadsheet or notebook of who has given you what. This will be useful when it comes to sending thank you cards and will let your guests know that you value their present.
10. Spend time with each other on the day
The most common thing couples say to us about their wedding is that, after all the planning and build up, the day went so fast and they didn't have a chance to enjoy it together. Make time during the day to grab five minutes together to savour your special day.