5 Mistakes to Avoid for a Smooth Wedding

5 Mistakes to Avoid for a Smooth Wedding

The DIY bride has it made these days, and it’s easier than ever to plan your own wedding. That said, there are still a few surprises that sometimes creep up on a bride on her wedding day. The tips ahead in these five areas are meant to help you have the smoothest wedding day possible by remembering some easy-to-overlook details.

1. Not eating or drinking enough on your wedding day

Keeping your body in balance is absolutely critical on your wedding day. It’s not hard to imagine how excessive bloat, swelling, or any other preventable changes to your skin or body could complicate the dress fitting and makeup application. Given all of the last-minute details in the final 2 weeks before the wedding, it’s a god idea to keep your diet steady and not introduce any wild deviations. Some tips to help with that: keep whatever fruit you enjoy handy for snacking, along with unsalted nuts for protein. Eat smaller meals with protein, plenty of vegetables, and complex carbs, to keep your diet on-track the week before your wedding. Set aside time or ask a friend to help prep meals for your wedding week, so you don’t end up hungry and in a drive-thru out of desperation. 

When planning for getting ready on your wedding day, plan to have protein-rich foods and fruit handy to stay nourished during the day. Ask your Maid of Honor or other bridesmaid to make sure you eat and drink plenty of water.

2. Not including vendors in meal count 

It’s easy to overlook vendors when tallying up the meal count for your reception, but you’ll want to feed your vendors during your wedding. Whom should you feed? Essentially, if a vendor is present during the reception, plan to feed him. This includes photographers, videographers, DJs and musicians, your planner, and any other staff hired to help your wedding run smoothly.

3. Making any decision with “They’ll just have to…” 

When planning your wedding, many brides get torn between their dream and the reality of their budget or other constraint. If you catch yourself saying something like, “They’ll just have to stand, because I’m not paying for extra seats;” you should reevaluate your decision. In this case, either reduce your guest list, or pay for the extra seating. Yes this is an extreme example, but it makes the point that your wedding isn’t the time to ask guests to be inconvenienced or to try to understand some decision you made. 

4. Underestimating the time needed to get ready and take photos

Here’s a pro tip: the Golden Hour of photography should be the basis of building your entire wedding-day timeline. Before you even set the ceremony time, look up the sunset time on the date you’re marrying, and go from there. (A simple search like “sunset June 1 on St. Simons Island, Georgia” will return the info you need.) From there, decide if you’re doing a First Look or not, and build out your timeline, allowing for a solid half hour photography session during the Golden Hour. 

If you’re thinking of an outdoor ceremony at Sunset, work carefully with your photographer, officiant, and planner, to be able to get the photos you want during the magical Golden Hour, of both the ceremony and as newlyweds. 

Getting ready is another block of time that is easy to underestimate. I recommend blocking out 2 hours per person for hair and makeup, so you can see how it’s helpful to have either multiple hair and makeup artists, or for some to do their own. In addition to that, allow half an hour to gather your things and get dressed. If your bridal party is having photos in matching robes, allow half an hour for that, as well. Either way, getting ready for your wedding should and will take far longer than your normal morning routine, as it should. Build in extra time to enjoy being with your girls as you get ready for one of the biggest days of your life.

5. Trying new beauty elements too close to the wedding

Of course you want to be the best version of yourself for your wedding, and there are a plethora of products on the market to help you do just that. Your engagement season is a fun time to try new things and uncover your best self for the wedding day. However, much like diet, there needs to be cutoff date for any changes to your skincare and beauty routine. My recommendation is not to try anything new on your skin or hair within a month of the wedding. This means trying out every aspect of your big day a month ahead, including your hair color and any artificial tanning.

The fun side of a one-month cutoff date means scheduling a dress rehearsal for your wedding day beauty and floral team, so you can see how your skin reacts to all the products used and plan for a photo shoot as a bonus. Here’s a pro-tip for your planning timeline. By the six-week mark before the wedding, have your dress altered and ready to wear, schedule your hair and makeup trial and a floral trial, and plan a bridal portrait session with your photographer. You not only get a dress rehearsal of your wedding day with time to make any last-minute changes, you also can display your bridal portrait near your cake table during the reception.

Your wedding day is going to be beautiful and wonderful. I hope these 5 considerations help you feel empowered in your planning so that even the most often-overlooked details don’t cause any surprises. 

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