Getting Ready On Your Wedding Day

So, you’ve prepared your wedding, everything is scheduled and organised and the day has finally arrived.  I always tell my brides that one of the most important things is to have an easy, relaxing morning and enjoy getting ready. You do not want to be stressed out, worrying about arrangements or having to redo your hair or makeup. Be prepared! Think about the morning of your wedding in advance and make all of those around you aware of your plans.

Ensure that someone is assigned to organising everything at the venue. For example, setting out the ceremony room, laying tables, organising flowers, tying cravats, seating guests, chasing suppliers etc. You don’t want to have anything to do with this if you can help it. If you have a wedding planner they will do all of this for you leaving you free to do what you should be doing – getting ready!

Try and stay in bed as long as you can before you have to get up – stick to your usual sleep pattern (if you usually have 7 hours sleep, 10 might leave you feeling groggy), however, if you do get up early why not take a nice warm bath (of course, avoid oils and bubble bath if you have just had a spray tan).  The other option is to do some light stretching. This can help relieve any tension that you may have built up over night.

Have a good breakfast. It’s very easy to ‘not be hungry’ on your wedding morning but you will definitely need the energy and wish you had had something to eat later on. If you really don’t feel up to a full English breakfast, try just having a bagel or some toast or cereal. It’s really good to have something to line your stomach. Also, consider light snacks that you can eat when having your hair or make up done, and when you are dressed. You want to avoid chocolate or anything that could stain, so stick to things like carrot sticks, breadsticks and chopped up apple. Nuts are also very good snacks as they are high in protein.

Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the morning to keep you hydrated and healthy and to plump of your skin for a beautifully fresh look.

If you are staying at a hotel the night before the wedding and see guests in the morning, do not feel obliged to hang around chatting. The last thing you want is to get too involved in anything when now is the time to focus on yourself.

You will have pre-booked you hair and makeup appointments (make sure you do this a few hours before the ceremony to give you plenty of time. If unsure, ask your makeup artist/hairdresser who will be happy to advise). Ask your hairdresser in advance if you should shampoo your hair the night before or the day of the wedding.

Before you have your hair and makeup done, make sure you have a top on that can be unbuttoned rather than pulled over your head. If you have a dress that goes over your head, get a pillow case or a silk underskirt to put over your head first. This way your dress will slide on easily without damaging your hair or getting any make-up on it.

Get dressed first. Don’t make the mistake of dressing the bride last so everyone is ready to help. If things are running behind the bride should not be rushed to get ready! This will cause stress, and you need to be relaxed!

If your dress has laces or buttons, ask a friend to come and help you dress. Often a bridesmaid or family member will be there for bridal preparations, but it is likely that they may also have false nails for the occasion. If you have a friend present who isn’t in the bridal party they will be able to help the bride to get dressed. Don’t forget to take off any labels from underneath your new shoes!

Have a sip or two of champagne with your bridesmaids before you get ready to walk down the aisle!

For more tips and advice, contact Weddings by Rachel.

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