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Things Brides Should Know Before Their Wedding Day

Updated on July 8, 2016

Most brides can get so caught up in the planning that they sometimes miss a few important things here and there. This article is to help every bride keep their feet on track especially when things become too overwhelming. There are a lot of momentous details on the background that can easily go unnoticed or ignored if they are not made aware before the big day comes.

So, sit comfortably. Grab a pen and paper, take heed, and jot down notes. Here are the things every bride should know before their wedding day.


Know what to expect on and after your wedding

  • No matter how meticulous you are with the planning, things will never go completely according to plan. Trust me, it never does.
  • There will be a lot of drama along the way, so don’t take things too seriously and always keep your sense of humour handy. Wonder how worse things could get? Watch Bridesmaids, Mama Mia, and My Big Fat Wedding.
  • No one can control the weather. So, if you are planning an outdoor wedding, don’t forget to have a backup plan.
  • Perfect weddings? They aren’t always the most organized. So stop worrying.
  • On your wedding night, you are more likely to collapse on the bed and zed off while still having your heels on.

  • You will definitely feel different after you got married. It’s really not just a bit of paper.

  • Some friends may still call you by your maiden name after your wedding. Be cool about it. It takes some time to adapt to changes.

  • Most commonly, you’ll get a dose of ‘retro-wife’ in the early days of your marriage. You’re likely to dress for dinner or bake. But it is only temporary and will end decisively especially when you’ll finally have children.

With a lot of things needed to plan for the wedding, brides often forget about their grooms. As a result, some grooms feel neglected. That shouldn't be the case. When the wedding is fast approaching, brides should give time for their grooms and make every moment they spend together as an unmarried couple worthwhile.

The following are a few things you can do with your groom before your wedding day:

  • Go on your last date as an unmarried couple.

  • Reminisce the first time you met and swap stories.

  • Practice your first dance.

  • Avoid any heart-to-heart conversation about past relationships if possible as it could start an unwanted fight. Don’t make the day before your wedding day a time to open a can of worms.

  • Ask your groom about his expectations and what he is looking forward to about the wedding.

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The Do's And Don'ts Prior To The Big Day

It's easy to remember the big things a few days prior to the big day, but it's the little things that are often forgotten especially when they are too small to even get noticed. So, when you are a few days closer to your wedding, be sure to keep these do's and don'ts in mind.

Do:

  1. Get your marriage license.

  2. Pack for your honeymoon, and book a date night for the week you return from your honeymoon. This will help soothe any post-wedding comedown.

  3. Prepare a wedding day survival kit.

  4. Have hair and makeup trials.

  5. Book a spa appointment the week before the wedding.

  6. Buy a good pair of seamless nude underwear.

  7. Tone your upper arms by doing some repetition with 1lb weights every other day. Your gown will thank you for it.

  8. Choose only polite and calm people to be with you the night before your wedding day. Avoid friends with an emotional crisis or prone to hysteria until after the “I dos”.

  9. Ask your maid-of-honor to practice bustling your dress before the wedding day.

  10. Slow down and relax. Remind yourself of what truly matters on the day of your wedding.

Don't:

  1. Don’t buy bridal underwear too far in advance as you might not be able to use them on the wedding day. Your boobs will lose or gain volume if your weight changes.

  2. Don’t choose songs for your wedding that will make you cry. You don’t want any mascara running down your cheeks.

  3. Don’t start tinkering with table plan.

  4. Don’t try unfamiliar skincare products no matter how luxurious they are.

  5. Don’t have too many glasses of wine. If possible, don’t drink wine at all.

  6. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

The pressure, the tension, the excitement, and all other emotions can make every bride (and groom) engrossed and sloppy. That's normal. But, to keep any unfortunate event from happening, you must keep any extreme emotion away and stay mindful in everything you need to do for this big day.

Here is a list of things you should not forget before finally walking down that aisle.

  • Do your regular morning routine before you put on the wedding dress.

  • Barricade your dressing room against all under-fives no matter how cute they are.

  • Don’t let your girlfriends, sisters or mothers into your dressing room when you’re having your hair and makeup done. They will get you tipsy and make you giggle.

  • If your make-up artists are getting too creative, stop them. You want an improved version of yourself, not someone else.

  • Give yourself more than enough time on your wedding day. Things will run behind schedule. If you’re ahead of schedule, your photographer can get more bridal shots.

  • Don’t douse yourself with scent. Your perfume should never arrive before you.

  • Ask your caterer to pack a meal and a cake for you separately so you can eat them later. You are more likely not get hungry during the event.

  • Designate a bathroom buddy.

  • Keep your lipstick in the pocket of your groom’s coat.

  • Have a bottle of water on hand when you take pictures. It’s very easy to get overheated so be very careful.

  • Thank and flatter your maid-of-honour and bridesmaids at the beginning of the day, as well as at the end. It will boost their confidence, keep their spirits up and help the day run smoothly.

  • Assign or request for buffers. They will filter any bad news from getting into you during the ceremony.

You're a few tick-of-the-clock away from saying "I do". Finally, it's your dream coming true in a few moments. So, don't mess it up.

Remember these tips when you're finally walking down that aisle.

  • Hold your bouquet low. Flowers are beautiful, but you don't want them to block the most important view - your face.

  • Walk slowly down the aisle with a smile and eyes locked at your groom. You don't want to get distracted with all the eyes looking at you in all corners. So keep your focus on where you're heading.

That exchange of vows is very heart-warming and romantic, and the "I do's" got all teary-eyed. But, you are not done yet with the celebration. There are a few more things to do before finally going to your honeymoon. A party is waiting and expect it to get wild.

Save yourself from getting in a trance and follow these tips on your wedding reception:

  • Take your maid-of-honour with you when going to the bathroom. She will help you take your dress off.

  • Have a receiving line. You will be able to see and greet everyone who came to your wedding, and thank them one-by-one. Plus, it will help you put the pressure on.

  • Take the time to capture every memory throughout the day. You might have prepared for it for long, but the wedding day goes by quickly and only lasts a few hours. So take a pause every once in a while to observe what’s happening on that day and remember every detail of the event and the people who share your love with you.

The party is finally over, and all that's left is you and your husband. You know what to do.

After your wedding...

  • Proceed to your honeymoon right away.

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A Few More Tips To Remember

Now enough of that daydreaming and get back to reality.

Did it got mentioned that you have to prepare a survival kit before the big day? Well, here is what your wedding day survival kit must contain inside. When things go awry or somebody gets into a little accident, which is really possible, your survival kit will save the day. Make sure not to miss anything for a smooth show.

Your Wedding Day Survival Kit Must-Haves

Medicine: pain reliever, allergy medicine, antacid

First Aid: smelling salts, alcohol, blister treatment, band-aids, sole serum, essential oils, eye drops

Hygiene: baby wipes, tissues, Q-tips, deodorant, tampons/sanitary napkins, hand sanitizer, hand towelettes

Dental Care: dental floss/toothpicks, toothbrush and toothpaste, breath mints/spray, mouthwash

Skin care: lotion, sunblock, bug spray

Makeup: on-the-spot zit treatment, makeup remover, Makeup sponges, Powder, comb/brush, mirror, makeup (for touchups), blotting papers

Hair: hairpins/ponytail holder, hairspray, hair elastics and bobby pins, razor, blow dryer, tweezers

Sewing Tools: mini sewing kit, safety pins, small folding scissors

Garment fix: chalk (to cover up smudges or smears), stain remover pen, white duct tape, lint roller, wrinkle release and static cling spray, glue, hem tape, scotch tape, static-cling spray, corsage pins

Extras: contact lenses and solutions, stockings (two pairs), studs, cufflinks, and bow ties, undergarments, earring backs, black socks, fake wedding ring (just in case the real one gets left behind), cash (in case of emergency)

Quick Bites: bottle of water, caffeine, granola bars or other easy-to-carry snacks, straws (so you won't mess up your lipstick when drinking)

Lists: pen and paper, list of vendors, bridal party members and their numbers, wedding day timeline

Other necessaries: perfume, nail file and nail polish, matches or lighter, ballet slippers for dancing, button-down shirt/smock, umbrellas, extension cord and phone charge(s)

Of course, you have to look your best self on the Big Day; and for that, there are ten commandments to follow. Remember that whoever turns her back on at least one of the commandments will never get to enter the kingdom of heaven. Alright, that's a different story. But almost similar. If you break one rule, it is totally certain you will not be the most beautiful on your wedding day.

Ready? Repeat these 10 commandments loudly... and be sure to obey.

Your Wedding Day Beauty Commandments

 
#1: I will maximize my best feature.
#2: I will have a kissable lips.
#3: I will put on a gorgeous smile.
#4: I will take care of my nails.
#5: I will stick to a solid skin care routine.
#6: I will not drink booze.
#7: I will not strive to lose weight at the last minute.
#8: I will keep myself hydrated.
#9: I will use a veil the suits the shape of my face.
#10: I will not try anything new a few weeks before my wedding.

Now to make it all easier and cheaper for your to follow through, here are the well-kept secrets to achieving goddess-beauty. It's a hack so be sure to keep it to yourself until you meet another bride to pass it on.

Your Wedding Day Beauty Hacks

  1. Get a brighter teeth with baking soda. Dip a damp toothbrush into some baking soda then add your toothpaste.

  2. Get fuller lips with peppermint oil. Add some drops of essential peppermint oil to your lip gloss.

  3. Make your perfume last all day with petroleum jelly. Rub in a layer of petroleum jelly on each of your pulse points before you spray your perfume.

  4. Fix any makeup disaster with sheer powder. Use a sheer powder so your makeup will look natural. It can also blend out imperfections and cover harsh lines.

  5. Depuff sleep-deprived eyes with green tea. Soak two bags of green tea in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes, then put them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Press out excess water, and place the tea bags on your eyes for 15 to 30 minutes.

Some things can still go wrong, but you don't have to worry

For the fun of it, listen to String Quartet Minneapolis' 6 Steps to Wedding Chaos. You'll definitely learn a lot, and make sure to follow every step if you want chaos on your big day.

So, that's about it. Is there anything missing on the list? Please let us know by putting it in the comment section below. Every bride would love to hear it, and you'd love the feeling of fulfilment after you shared something to a bride.

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