(Closed) Wedding day do's and dont's?

posted 5 years ago in Recaps
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I wish I would have remembered my something old and something borrowed. 

I wish I would have put more things on the little table the gift box goes on. 

I wish I would have NOT conditioned my hair the night before because my waves flopped & my girls had to curl me during cocktail hour. 

HAPPY ALMOST WEDDING DAY!!

Post # 4
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

My wedding has not come yet, but my words of advice are to stay calm! No wedding is PERFECT, and there will be at least 1 thing that goes wrong. The good news? Your guests probably won’t even notice what went wrong, the little details we spend so much time perfecting don’t really matter in the end. You & your day will be beautiful!

Keep calm and carry on!

Post # 7
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8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@idaho1745:  You’re welcome 😉

Post # 8
Hostess
11259 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@idaho1745: Double check things that involve a number as I ordered flower centre pieces, but was 1 short as I ordered the flowers when I thought there would be 10 to a table but at the tasting realised 8 would be most comfortable.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m going to pass on some advice a friend gave to me. She was recently in a wedding party and she said that a relative/friend of the bride prepared some small snacks (cheese, crackers, fruit, etc.) for the girls while they got ready. She said it was the perfect idea because it’s easy to forget to eat among all the craziness of getting ready. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@CatyLady:  yes, I can’t stress this enough too.  reconfirm and doublecheck numbers a few days before.

also regarding hair, don’t wash it the day before or the day of your wedding, the natural oils in your hair will help it hold its style.

dont forget on the day of to give yourself a little extra time between things.  That way you’re not rushing through the day because it goes fast enough anyways.   I allowed myself and the wedding party an extra 10-15 minutes per “activity”, extra 15 between pictures and reception entrance, extra 10 minutes between speeches and first dance, extra 15 mins between cocktail hour and photos so we could mingle a bit first……etc 

Dont forget to take a few minutes here and there, and take it all in.   We had a champagne toast immediately following our pronouncement and it gave us a min after the ceremony to just stay at the front, look at our guests seated, have our guests see us, and just take a breather before rushing back down the aisle.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissKit:  yes, I did this as well, me and my girls grabbed some sandwich/cheese and crackers trays for the bridal suite, the men’s suite, and both our parents rooms.   It SO came in handy.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Nor married yet, but my advice: make sure you don’t put anything off until last minute.  Make sure the week coming up to your wedding is as free as possible, so you can deal with anything that might go wrong during that time without feeling stressed out.

Hopefully nothing will go wrong during that week, and you can spend it relaxing and packing for the honey moon!

Post # 14
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

Remember to hold your bouquet LOW (down by your hips, not at waist level). It will look nicer in the photos. Think “crotch flowers!” Kind of crass, but it helps you remember …

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

Don’t forget to pack an emergency kit, and don’t forget to bring it with you! Hairspray,mouthwash,deodorant, safety pins, tampons, hairdryer, bobby pins, clorox bleach pen, baby wipes, scissors, blotting papers…..guaranteed somebody will need something or have a mishap. There’s several online lists of suggestions to have handy!

(The MOG had her zipper break as she was getting dressed, and a Bridesmaid or Best Man had part  of her hem come out after she pulled off what she thought was a loose thread)…the bride was caught in a sudden downpour after outside pictures and had to walk back inside through the rain. Her husband thought quickly and grabbed a tablecloth to cover her, but the bottom of her gown got soaked.

Encourage everyone to bring an extra pair of shoes, as we had a few broken heels that night too.

Post # 16
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1358 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Things I’m glad I/we did:

Stopped to smell the roses, so to speak. My favorite memories are the moments I looked around and took a mental photograph, tried to think about how I was feeling and what I was seeing. Like looking back at the crowd from the altar and seeing all my family and friends smiling up at us…it was so surreal.

We set a deadline for ourselves. All the little stuff, assembling programs and whatnot, was to be done the Thursday before our Saturday wedding so the day of the rehearsal and wedding would be relaxed, not rushed. We dropped off our box of decor with our venue coordinator Friday morning.

I ordered last minute platform flip flops. An hour or two into the reception, I really needed them.

And although a lot of people say they don’t want to spend the night with their Fiance or see him/her that morning, I’m really glad we spent the night together and shared coffee before parting ways. It really calmed my mind since we weren’t having a first look. And there’s nothing like waking up next to your Fiance and both being like, “Oh my God, we’re getting married today!”

Things I might have done differently:

Practiced walking the aisle in my dress. I had only practiced at my rehearsal, and it was a long stone pathway with stairs at the entry, so I was terrified of falling on my face. My walk ended up kind of rushed and…not entirely graceful.

Asked the second shooter to go get photos of the ballroom in daylight before starting our photos. I didn’t think those photos would mean anything to me, but now I’m kind of sad we don’t have them. Take every opportunity for photos! You don’t get a second chance to see these parts of your wedding day.

Spoken up to the hair and make-up artists. I had some notes from my trial, but the salon was really rushed because they had FOUR wedding parties there getting hair and make-up done (they had not warned me this was the case). The make-up artist didn’t take my notes into consideration when I said my eye make-up was too dark and smudgy and slapped the same dark cream shadow all over my lid. The stylist was going to do the same thing with my hair, but it ended up messier and flatter than it was at my trial, and I was disappointed. These aren’t things I took time to really notice until I compared photos from the trial and wedding day…I wish I’d been paying closer attention and said something!

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