Post # 1
What are you and your husband planning to do the morning of your elopement/micro wedding?
We are having a very small wedding of around 20-25 people in total, including us and our children.
The night before, we are staying at our venue together and are thinking of having dinner together somewhere, just us. Then the morning of breakfast in the local town and getting massages prior to getting ready. I’m not sure if I will go to a salon or have someone come to our cottage, depends who is available.
I would like to do a first look and get the majority ofour photos taken prior to the ceremony so we can spend most of the time afterwards with our guests.
Our ceremony won’t start until 2:30pm, so photos will start around 1:30. As we don’t have a bridal party, we don’t need a lot of time for getting ready, and I thought it would be nice to do something special in the morning.
Just a little stumped for ideas!
Post # 2
Our wedding was around the same size as yours. My husband and I had breakfast in bed together that morning, showered up, and then split off to get ready at around 11:30am. My husband wanted to kiss me on the way out the door of our hotel room and not see me again until our first look.
I didn’t have bridesmaids officially, but I got ready with my best friends, which was really fun and relaxing. We had our hair and makeup done, drank some mimosas, ate some finger sandwiches, and then drove over to the venue. They helped me get buttoned into my dress, buckle my shoes on, fluff the crenolines… all the things a bride needs help doing.
My husband and I did our first look at 4:00 before our 5:30 ceremony. It was perfection. The whole day was easy and intimate. Not many traditional wedding elements, but we were glowing with happiness.
Post # 3
Who is doing the decor? Are you doing hair and makeup?
I had an 11 person microwedding, we started photos at 2, and the morning was super hectic. Granted, it was in the backyard, but the only decor left was putting tableclothes and centerpieces on 3 tables and draping. Don’t underestimate the amount of time that can get sucked up right before a wedding!
Personally, I’d leave your morning as open as possible and have any vendors come to you.
Post # 4
Massages always knock me out for the rest of the day (and make my face puffy) so I would push that to the day after.
I would have an elaborate breakfast in bed and then get ready. If you are having hair and makeup, it will take quite some time.
Post # 5
I did not have a micro wedding but we did have a somewhat casual wedding and I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so did not need a lot of time for getting ready. I did go somewhere to get my hair done around 9am, and then came back to help my family set up the reception area, which was held at a little center in my parents neighborhood. I ordered noodles and company and someone (not me, I think?) picked up our wedding cakes from cold stone. I had a relaxed lunch with my bridesmaids and we took our time doing our own makeup and chatting, deciding who got which bouquet, etc. I want to say we left for the park (where my wedding was) around 1:30 or 2pm. So it was actually pretty relaxing considering all I did, but I did not have a first look and no professional makeup, and all bridesmaids did their own or each other’s hair too. When I was chatting with the guy from noodles, he asked what the event was for and I just said “oh, I’m getting married today and just ordering lunch for my bridesmaids beforehand so we aren’t running on empty stomachs”. He thought that was pretty cool lol.
Your day sounds like a dream and I agree with the fancy, relaxed breakfast ideas! Professional hair and makeup might take an hour even just for you alone, especially if anything needs to be corrected. Then you’ll still have to get dressed, put on your shoes, your veil if you have one, jewelry, your family might want to have a moment with you, you have to get your flowers, etc etc. So leave more time than you think you’ll need but if you know you don’t need 5 hours don’t take 5 hours lol. I divided my time up, like got makeup done, ate a bit, helped a friend, put on dress, chatted with another friend, had a drink, put on jewelry, took some photos, put on shoes, primped, helped someone, grabbed bouquet, etc. That way I didn’t feel rushed but we had spare time built in if anything came up or something started to run behind.
Post # 6
Got up, ate breakfast, puttered around. Gathered my things, got my daughter ready and to my mother. Then my husband and I got in my car and drove the hour to the B&B where it was. Then we took pictures and got ready for people to arrive. Very low key. (23 total people including minister and photographer).
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2021 - Australia
My fiance would play golf if he thought he had time, no doubt in my mind, haha!
I love coffee and think I might need a minute to myself before the craziness starts, so I have every intention of driving into town from where we’re staying and having a cup of coffee by myself and revelling in the secret knowledge that it’s my wedding day!
What kind of way are you wanting to feel on your day? Relaxed? Energised? like it’s a celebration? What kind of things do you enjoy?
If you like working out you could do a yoga class or go for a run together – it tends to make me feel accomplished early in the day, which is a nice feeling. Spa treatments might be nice, but I wouldn’t do anything to my face the morning of unless I’d tested it in advance and knew how it would work out, just in case.
What about a manicure or a pedicure?
a fancy breakfast?
Whatever it is, I hope you do something that is stress free and that gives you that feeling of ‘the day is really here!’
Post # 8
I love this! I would like to go off and get ready separately before we do our first look at around 1:00pm. I have a large family so most of our guest list is my immediate family. I’m only having my two closest friends there. But am thinking of having my children, friends and Future Mother-In-Law with me while I get ready and my FH will probably have his father and a friend or two with him.
For decor, we are just adding centrepieces to the tables, which I have purposely kept very simple, and possibly some fairy lights. Everything else is being set up by the venue. As we are staying there the night before we will decorate the room then. I’m not set on having my makeup professionally done yet as I don’t wear a lot.
Good point about the massage, although we are heading off for our honeymoon first thing the next morning, so I think we might do massages the day before.
We are pretty casual, so I think our day will probably end up very similar to yours. My FH wants to take me for coffee in the morning, he’s adamant on that haha.
That sounds so easing going, I love it! I hope our day is smooth and enjoyable – I’m sure it will be.
I love the coffee idea, that sounds like something i would do…as mentioned above my FH wants to take me for coffee the morning of. I want to feel relaxed but also like we are celebrating…if that’s possible! Ok…I’m thinking some slow yoga and/or a walk to start, coffee, fancy breakfast, panicure and medicure (these feel so luxurious to me as I never have them), then head back to our room for hair and makeup etc.
Thanks for the suggestions Bees!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2021 - Australia
yaaass! That sounds so good!
Post # 10
slow yoga and/or a walk to start, coffee, fancy breakfast, panicure and medicure (these feel so luxurious to me as I never have them), then head back to our room for hair and makeup etc.
This is way too much to do before a 1:30 first look. Also, your nails won’t be fully dry in time. I would schedule those the day before.
Post # 11
I had a micro wedding too and I was getting ready first thing in the morning. Hair and makeup takes time! Plus, we did a first look and took pictures prior to the wedding starting. I would keep the morning before of your wedding day as open and simple as possible, honestly.