What did you use/not use/wish you had when getting ready?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
2404 posts
Buzzing bee

Here’s a tip courtsey of my little sister.  Be sure you don’t drink too much mimosa or champagne while getting ready, especially on an empty stomach!  She hardly ate the day before the wedding and the morning of (stress, too busy, and I suspect an attempt to avoid looking bloated) then downed several mimosas while getting hair and makeup done.  All that orange juice hit her stomach and she felt so miserable!  


Post # 3
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Make sure you have TONS of food available for you and your girls while you are getting ready! We were in hair and makeup from 9am to 3:00pm and I’m so glad we brought a buffets worth of food. Other guests who were there early (we got ready at the venue) were all coming in to eat with us as well, everyone would have been starving otherwise!

Post # 4
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I was so nervous (stage fright and such) that I was sick to my stomach and couldn’t eat real food. So I would suggest have other options available to you like a smoothie or juice or something if you get super nervous and if affects your appetite like me ☺️

Post # 5
9610 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I had my hair and make-up done first which was great because then I didn’t have to stress about time. I could just hang out while everyone else was getting ready.

Lots of food is a must. Have music. Have fun.

Post # 6
1424 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

missconvy :  yes to this. My Darling Husband sweetly picked us all Chickfila and I for real thought I could down a chicken biscuit or two. NOPE! Never in my life have I not been able to eat because of nerves except for the night before my wedding & right before it. Thankfully I also had a yogurt parfait available that I could eat because otherwise I didn’t eat until 7 PM that night. My hair & makeup was definitely worth it! But looking back, the getting ready photos of us in our matching robes are just kinda meh. They’re good to have but if I did it again I wouldn’t have cared so much about that.

Post # 7
1364 posts
Bumble bee

Echoing everyone on the food.  Food that is easy to eat in lipstick and a bathrob.  Also, watch the booze and acidic stuff like OJ.  Definitely have your favorite music vibes going.  Familiar/loved music is really comforting, can soothe those nerves.  And create a fun or elegant or exciting atmosphere (whatever you want) at the same time too.  

One thing I planned to do but just didn’t get around to was make sure my food was staged and presently nicely.  Real platters & plates laid out nicely on a table or counter.  So I ended up with styrofoam cups and carry out boxes all over my room and it really bummed me out.  That kind of junky clutter gives me anxiety.  I mean it didn’t wreck my day or anything it was just a bummer to have spread around in the room.  

Post # 8
85 posts
Worker bee

Fabric tape for dresses, we couldn’t buy it anywhere on the morning-of.

Also safety pins, but my poor husband had to run out and get it for me.

My husband also got coffee in the morning for me, but I didn’t have time to drink more than a few sips before the makeup artist came. I didn’t want to ruin my lipstick drinking it after. 

Post # 9
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

A steamer for the bridesmaids dresses. We gave them all a final once over in the morning. I suppose this could be used on a wedding dress too, depending on what the dress is like.

Post # 10
442 posts
Helper bee

Food (especially if you will also be drinking!), a sewing kit with safety pins and fashion tape! I’ve been in two different weddings that had potential wardrobe malfunctions averted by fashion tape and safety pins. Both were ladies (one bride and one bm) that had lost just a little weight but with strapless dresses it was enough to not fit right. I totally helped sew the bride into her dress. The other bridesmaid we had to on-the-fly come up with some straps for her dress that was about to come totally off. 

Also, a decent hanger if you want pictures of your dress by itself. It drives me crazy looking at this pretty, artistic shot of my dress…with the cheap clear plastic hanger from the store. Don’t spend $20 on a personalize hanger, but a $2 wooden one from Wal-Mart works and looks way better. 

Post # 11
1773 posts
Buzzing bee

Gonna follow along to see all the insight!

Post # 13
259 posts
Helper bee

really great tips thank you!

Post # 14
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Came here to say food too! I only had 3 BM’s but 3 of my other girlfriends from out of town came over for the wedding and we all stayed in a house together the night before the wedding so we could visit, kind of a bachelorette except we’re old and not big partiers… 

Anyway, while we were getting ready one of my friends who wasn’t a Bridesmaid or Best Man made us this great big platter of snacks and brought it in for us and it was SO awesome. None of us would have remembered to eat and it was so nice and thoughtful and really helped get us through the afternoon! 

Post # 15
1976 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I had all of my bridesmaids, maid of honour, and grandmothers all stated over on Friday night at my parents house. (I lived with my parents until I got married) Saturday morning we all went together to get our hair and makeup done, that way I was sure that no one was going to be late.

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