5 Mistakes To Avoid On Your Wedding Day
You’ve done all the planning; you’ve been counting the days and now it’s finally here. It’s your wedding day! Of course, when you get up, first thing in the morning, and you start getting ready for the big day, a lot of things start running through your head. What if my bridesmaids pull out at the last minute? What if I trip on my dress? What if I forget my vows! Don’t worry. Take a deep breath and tell yourself that you’re going to be fine, and for the most part, it will be. You might find yourself contending with a roaringly drunk uncle or two, but what wedding doesn’t have one? If you’re still worried, here are 5 mistakes that you could avoid on your wedding day, and how to prevent them from ever surfacing.
1. Running Out Of Time Before It Starts
One of the worst things, for a bride or groom, is to run out of time as they’re getting ready for the ceremony to start. More often than not, we underestimate how much time we need to get ready, not just for a wedding but for any special occasion, in general. Many of us would wait until the last hour, before we leave our house, to start getting ready, but end up being more than an hour late, because they underestimated how much time they needed. The same thing goes for a wedding. If you know you need time to fix your dress or tuxedo, or if you need to spend more time in the chair with your makeup artist, make sure you plan for it.
If you’re going for complicated hairdos and makeup styles, plan for it to take more than an hour. You might not have a team of stylists on hand to help your makeup artist. Usually, they work solo and will need to focus on one task at a time. Of course, if you have the time, why not go for a practice run? You can always arrange an appointment as you’re planning the wedding, to see how long it would take to get your hair and makeup done. That way, you’ll know how long you’ll need to get ready.
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2. Forgetting To Eat
A common mistake that everyone does, when preparing for a special occasion is to forget to eat before the event. Many weddings and special occasions can last an entire day, and because so much happens all at once, you may forget to eat. But when the time comes for the main meal to start, you’ll no longer be hungry, and you won’t get to taste the delicious food that you planned for. It’d be a shame to not be able to savor the taste of the food that you and your partner meticulously planned out.
So, before you let your nerves get the better of you, assign a good friend or family member, to snack duty. Make sure they remind you, or even force you to eat something throughout the day, even if it’s just a small pastry or a finger sandwich. Having someone there to help you eat will ensure you have the energy you need to last you through the entire occasion. After all, weddings can even last well into the very early morning hours. So, be sure you have enough energy to last you until then.
3. Still Organising On The Day
Stop trying to get involved with the events that happen on the day. You’ve already done enough! Your wedding day is supposed to be for you and your partner. So, enjoy it! Nothing ruins a wedding more than a bride still trying to run the event. In fact, the tradition of a wedding was always planned by the couple’s parents or family members, and the bride and groom only needed to show up and say their vows.
Either delegate someone else to continue organizing the wedding on the day or get a planner to help make sure things run smoothly. If any problem does come up, you don’t need to worry about it. They should take care of it for you. All you need to do is sit back and watch. The hard part for you is now over, so enjoy your day. Don’t let it be a burden for you, because you’re still in the thick of it.
4. Just Using Your Best Plan
It may seem like a lot of work but having more than one plan for your wedding is the best thing you can do, to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. After all, something will go wrong, and someone has to fix it. If you only have one plan, there’s no telling how the situation can be fixed, and you’ll need to make things up as you go along. So, have a contingency plan.
Of course, problems can be unpredictable, but there are a few of them that you can plan for. Like, for example, your bridesmaids and groomsmen are late. You can always arrange for some pre-wedding entertainment if that happens. Maybe get a family member who’s gifted in a musical instrument to give a short recital, while you wait for them to arrive. Or if the catering company isn’t able to arrive on time, if your venue has a built-in kitchen and staff, get them to create some quick and small dishes, until your caterers arrive. Always have a contingency plan, for emergencies like these.
5. Not Spending Enough Time With Your Partner
The last thing you want is to be so busy with everyone else, you don’t get any alone time with your partner until the entire day is done. The whole point of a wedding is to celebrate you and your partner. Celebrating the love, you have for each other, is the whole reason for the occasion.
So, make sure you factor in some time alone with each other. This can be a few minutes between taking pictures and the main reception or squirreling yourselves away from the main party, to just calm down and be with each other, before jumping back into the fray. Spend some time quietly with each other, to have your own private celebration. After all, the occasion is all about both of you, so if you need some time alone, your guests will need to wait. It’s your day!