So you’re getting married! Weddings are so beautiful and can create so many memories for everyone in attendance. They can also get overwhelming for our lovely brides because of all the work they put into creating the perfect atmosphere for their big day.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for your wedding and stay grounded throughout the process:
- Finalize a date, finalize your venue and book all your vendors first and foremost!
Most people understand finalizing the date because you can send out save the dates (if you decide to do that) and get a rough estimate of how many people will be in attendance for your big day, but booking a venue and vendors right away? Why does that matter? Most brides have a location in mind of where they want to get married. Whether the wedding is taking place locally or it’s a destination wedding, it’s important to book the venue in advance, so you have one less thing to worry about, which is, “Where is everything going to be taking place? ”Once your venue is set, then it’s time to book your main vendors: photographer, videographer, decorator, DJ, wedding planner, and of course…hair and makeup artist!
A lot of these vendors can get booked up a year in advance, so it’s best to schedule calls or even in person meetings with them to see if they are available for your date. During these meetings, you can discuss packages they offer, their services, and any other relevant questions as it pertains specifically to you and your wedding.
- Have your outfit(s), jewelry, and accessories ready to go!
Making sure that your outfit or outfits, if you are having multiple events, jewelry, and any other accessories that you want are ready well in advance can really take a load off. You are not sitting there thinking about what you are going to wear and how you are going to look (because you already booked your hair and makeup artist in advance).Once your outfit or outfits is decided on, then it’s easier for you to figure out the slightly smaller details like your bridesmaids outfits and their accessories and even matching with your groom and his groomsmen. Another reason why having your outfit ready to go is when you do a bridal trial with your hair and makeup artist, you can bring it, so you can see how everything will come together. This is what I do for all of my brides and they love it. It gives them confidence for their big day, along with anticipated excitement! It will also help you understand more of what you want and what you don’t want for your wedding.
- Relax and take care of yourself!
My final tip is to make sure you relax and take care of yourself during the whole process, especially the weeks leading up to your wedding. There are so many things you can do to relax and just take a break from all the wedding planning like getting a massage, a facial, watching your favorite movie, and even going for a nice walk. Sometimes it’s also nice to call up your BFF and just vent and let everything out; you’ll feel so much better afterwards. Brides should also stay hydrated and get proper sleep! Drink lots and lots of water. It will keep your skin looking fresh and the more you drink the better you will feel. Your wedding pictures will thank you! Sleep should also be a must. I know it may be tough to fall asleep because you may be thinking about all the small details for the wedding, but that won’t help you at night when you are laying there. Write everything down that you are thinking about and then just lay down, breathe, and go to sleep. You will feel much better in the morning and if you keep practicing this, you will feel less stressed throughout your wedding process.