For many women, it is one of the biggest days of their lives. It is a day they may have been dreaming about and planning for since they were a little girl. That is not an exaggeration. I’m obviously talking about their wedding day. Months of planning, sending out invitations, talking to caterers, visiting event venues, and back and forth with venders, all comes to a head on this day. Despite all the planning, the day rarely goes off without a hitch. However, there are some mistakes that I see brides routinely make that you can easily avoid.
Whatever Time You Have Budgeted For Hair and Makeup, It’s Not Enough
Naturally, no bride wants to be walking down the aisle with their makeup starts to stream down their face and their hair begins to fall out. Getting your hair done first thing in the morning for an early or late afternoon wedding is obviously not going to work.
What I have seen happen more times than I can count is the bridal party gets together for their primp session and things start to drag out. Maybe one girl’s hair takes a little longer than expected. Another one is not happy with how her nails or makeup was done. Maybe a few drinks are involved and in the midst of having a good old time, things start to slow down. Sometimes the stylist is just working a little slower than normal and just did not budget enough time for your party.
Whatever the case, I strongly encourage brides to not go last as they often do. Schedule your time in the middle of your wedding party. If things start to go a little longer than planned, it’s much better that one of the bridesmaids gets a little shortchanged instead of the bride on her special day.
Many couples completely underestimate just how much work their wedding day is, and how much time they are going to spend on their feet. It’s not just dancing.
Once the ceremony begins, you will be on your feet almost nonstop the rest of the day and evening.
At the reception, about the only time you will be off of your feet is for 20-30 minutes while you eat. Maybe a few minutes after cutting the cake. The rest of the time you will be out on the dance floor or roaming from table to table to mingle with all your guests.
Trust me, you might look great in those 4-inch heels, but you will regret wearing them all day and night on what is going to be an exhausting and busy day. If you absolutely have to have them, fine. Wear them for the ceremony and pictures, but change into something more comfortable at the reception or at least after the first dance with your new husband.
Find Out What Else Your Vendors Have Scheduled For The Day Of Your Wedding
Nothing can add more stress to a bride and groom quite like vendors causing delays in the ceremony or reception.
I was a part of one wedding where the stylist was working on set at the shooting of a commercial that morning. Things went long. The director had a meltdown because his “vision” was not coming to fruition. He walked off. Walked back on. Changed everything.
Long story short, the stylist arrived almost two hours later than he was supposed to, disheveled and literally out of breathe. Imagine that on your wedding day.
Then there was the time the caterer had three other weddings the same day all around the same time. She had enough staff for all the cooking, preparations, delivery, and setup, but had completely overlooked the fact that she did not have access to enough vans and transportation to get all of the food to where it needed to be at the proper times.
The food arrived about an hour and a half AFTER the reception had already started. Add in another 45 minutes or so to get everything unloaded and setup. Oh, and they were also the ones bringing the alcohol to stock the bar.
Can you imagine? Over two hours of a wedding reception with no food and no alcohol.
Did I mention they had only rented the venue for the reception for four hours?
Thankfully, there was nothing else scheduled that day and the manager of the venue was more than understanding. She let them have the place for an extra hour and a half over what they had paid for, and did it for free, lessening some of the damage that had been done. An announcement was made about that. Her staff was manning the bar and probably got tipped better that night than they ever had at any other function there.
In short, find out what else your vendors have going on before and during your special event. Maybe they can handle multiple events in one day, but maybe it is also a risk you do not want to take.
These simple little things can make the difference between a day you will never forget and a day you would rather forget.
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