Can’t stop thinking about everything that might go wrong on your wedding day? Don’t worry! Wedding jitters are natural and it’s easy to prevent the majority of accidents from happening anyway – all you need is a bit of clever pre-wedding prep…
1. Choose your wedding suppliers wisely
On your wedding day you want everything to run smoothly and for those you’ve put trust in to deliver. Unfortunately, on rare occasions, a vendor can let you down – whether they’ve double booked your wedding or just fail to turn up on the day.
Tip: Always seek recommendations when it comes to your wedding suppliers. Ask your wedding venue for recommendations – they may even be able to provide you with a list and ask friends and family members for recommendations too. It’s also worth meeting or talking to all your wedding suppliers at least once before the big day and then confirming all the plans for your wedding the week before it takes place.
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2. Write up a clear plan for the day
With so much to plan and enjoy, it can be hard keeping on top of all the big day timings and making sure you fit everything in.
Tip: Once you’ve finally sorted all the details for your wedding, begin writing up a plan for the day – from the time you’re going to get up, right through to timings for the first dance. Your wedding venue will probably be able to help you with this, giving you guidance on ceremony and wedding breakfast timings. Once you’ve written up your timings, why not print out a few copies too, for your ushers and your maid of honour - who’ll be able to help you stay on track throughout the day.
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3. Take some time off before the wedding
There’s no denying it, wedding planning can be difficult and those final few days running up to your wedding stressful. The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle full of a cold or rock up on your honeymoon feeling ill.
Tip: Take some time off in the run-up to your big day – between three and five days will usually be enough. This will allow you time to sort out all those final details without having to stress or rush around. You’ll also be able to sneak in a treatment or two, such as a full body massage and a facial!
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4. Prevent dress dilemmas
Having nightmares about a dress disaster? Whether you’re worried that your dress won’t fit on the day or that you’ll spill a glass of red wine down your gown, there are plenty of ways to prevent dilemmas.
Tip: Make sure you try on your dress a week or two before the big day to make sure it fits comfortably. If it does feel a little too tight, you’ll always be able to find a seamstress to sort out any necessary amendments. It’s also worth practicing walking and sitting down in your dress to make sure it still feels comfortable – so many brides choose their dress having just stood in it. Get a trusty friend to bring along a DIY dress kit too, in case of any disasters. Pop in a mini sewing kit and chalk to cover up any last-minute smudges and smears. Chalk will also help cover up any food or red wine spillages, once you’ve gently dabbed (not rubbed!) the area with a moistened napkin.
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5. Have a wet weather plan
Tip: No matter what you want the weather to do, you can’t change the forecast on the day. With this in mind, always make sure you have a wet weather plan to avoid disappointment. Make provisions for all your outdoor activities and ensure the venue you’re using is suitable for wet days. Be sure to let your guests know what the site is like too – so they can dress appropriately for your big day.
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6. Prepare for guests who’ve had one-too-many
There’s always one that likes to take advantage of the free-flowing alcohol and make a scene at a wedding. This doesn’t have to be disastrous though if dealt with effectively.
Tip: If you’ve got a sneaky suspicion that a family member, friend, or bridesmaid might misbehave, discuss your concerns with a close friend, usher or bridesmaid. Ask that trusted person to keep an eye out for over-indulgence on the day and if necessary, let them use their judgement to usher the offender out of the venue and put them in a taxi home.
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7. One of your guests is a wild child
Kids aren’t the little angels we always like them to be. From screaming for attention to causing a scene during the wedding ceremony – make sure your littlest guests are well behaved!
Tip: Firstly, it’s a good idea to think about if you want a child-free wedding. If so, nip it in the bud early by making your plans clear to friends and family right from the start. If you do decide on having children at your wedding, make sure you opt for a child-friendly menu and organise lots of activities to keep them entertained. It may be worth hiring a babysitter too, to looking after the kids during the evening and perhaps even during the ceremony.
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8. Your feet are killing you
Your shoes may look good but are they really practical for a 12-hour day? Remember, your shoes have got to get you through all those wedding photos and hours of dancing on the dance floor.
Tip: Make sure you choose shoes that are a similar heel height to other shoes you wear. Once your shoes arrive, try walking around in them as much as possible indoors, to wear them in. You could also purchase accessories to make your shoes more comfortable – such as gel insoles. It may be worth investing in a pair of cute bridal flats too, to switch into at night.
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