Ok, totally random, but it might be a good idea to have your phone on alarm only the night before your wedding. I forgot to do this and one of my East coast friends got confused about the time difference and woke me up with multiple “best wishes” type texts starting at 8am her time, 5 am my time. I’d gone to bed at 1am and once I was woken up, it took me forever to fall back to sleep. I ended up over-sleeping and had to race around in the morning. So do whatever you have to do (ear plugs? melatonin?) to get a good night sleep. (and avoid staying up until 1 am if at all possible!)
I dubbed my Brother-In-Law Day of Coordinator and he was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I owe him big time!!!
If possible, allow extra time for getting ready and allow more time than you think for photos… we felt really rushed.
I took time to look at everyone’s faces as I walked down the aisle and will never forget the look on my grandfather’s face, among others… I forgot to look at my groom though until I “arrived” up front… was shocked to see he was crying.
I forgot to thank all my guests! I meant to borrow the microphone for a brief thank you, etc., etc., but completely forgot! We also sat down and spent the entire dinner with our table… it was great actually eating and spending the time with our wedding party/close friends, but I also wish I’d had more time to visit with other tables…maybe try to find a balance here?
I also wished I’d sat my girls down in the bridal suite and told them all how much they meant to me… I wrote them all personal letters that I put in their gift bags at the rehearsal, but I wish I’d had “a moment” with them right before the ceremony thanking them again…
A few things got messed up (e.g., the slideshow projector was screwed up and only showed half of each photo) – I started to get upset but got a hold of myself and realized that it wasn’t a big deal and was able to let it go. I recommend giving yourself a swift talking to if you start to turn into a crazy bride!
I also dropped a few projects a day or two before the wedding that would have really stressed me out if I’d pushed to complete them, and I’m so glad I did. They really were unnecessary things. Ask someone to help talk you of things that will make you crazy! 🙂
Sorry this post is all over the place! Hope it helps!