Yay! It’s finally your wedding day. It feels like you’ve been waiting for this day to arrive for forever now. Getting ready with your bridesmaids is a fun experience that you’ll treasure with them for years to come. Choose a location for this that will provide enough space (and mirrors) for everyone and will allow your photographer to capture the perfect getting ready shots. Some venues will even offer this in your chosen package or you may want to choose a spot with sentimental value. Either way, just enjoy the moment, sip on mimosas, or have a dance party — it’s your day!
As wedding planners, we’re expected to prepare for it all. No matter what the situation is that comes our way, we’ll do our best to keep the day running smoothly. To make sure that this happens, we’d like you as the bride to be fully prepared as well. Below are a few of our tips for getting ready on the morning of your wedding that will make sure you’re ready to walk down the aisle and marry the love of your life!
Step 1? Breathe. Take it all in. Close your eyes. Smile. Blink your eyes open and get ready for the best day of your life! It’s good to be prepared, but no matter what happens, you get to marry your BEST FRIEND with all your favorite people in one place.
Gather The Important Things
The first thing that you will want to make sure of is that you have packed up all of the important items that you need for that day. Do you have: the veil, shoes, dress, jewelry, undergarments, and the marriage license with you? For a full list, download our Wedding Day Timeline and Checklist here!
Page 15 has a full list of what to bring with you!
Make sure that you have all of your paperwork together in an organized folder so that your planner can easily find anything that they may need. You should include your contracts/contact information for each vendor and your envelopes with the tips for them inside of this folder.
Have an Emergency Kit
The best type of bride is the one that comes fully prepared. Having a kit filled with emergency items can save you from any possible situation. There are many things you will want to consider packing in the kit. A few of our suggestions include…
Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant to stay fresh and clean. Band-Aids will come in handy for any unexpected accidents and tampons help for those surprise moments. Refreshing wipes are great for a quick feeling of cleanliness between the ceremony and reception. Tweezers, a nail file, clear nail polish and strong hairspray can help your look last all day/night long.
In the case of a wardrobe malfunction, you’ll want to have a few things with you to put everything back in place. A mini sewing kit, fashion tape, and safety pins are necessary. Your personal attendants or wedding coordinator should have all of these things as well! If your dress is slightly loose, a well-fitted strapless bra that will stay in place can help keep the dress up and form fitted. Shop for these bras ahead of time to make sure you have the perfect fit! It’s a great link to share with bridesmaids and mothers too.
Back Up Items
It’s also a good idea to have a cell phone wall charger with you or a portable one for when there’s no outlet in sight. Don’t forget cash and/or your checkbook, in case there is a vendor who requires one last payment although its best to finalize these ahead of time if possible.
Hair and Makeup
If you had a trial run with your hair and makeup or if you just have an idea in mind, make sure to bring pictures with you to the appointments. You’ll want to make sure that the stylist knows exactly what you have in mind. If you’re not happy, say something. They can certainly make adjustments while you’re there but if you don’t say anything you might look back in pictures later and regret having not.
Make sure that you wear something that you can easily change in and out of. You don’t want it to be tight and hard to get over your head, as you won’t want to risk ruining your hair or makeup. Bonus tip: a custom shirt or robe for this occasion makes for the perfect bridesmaid gift! Search online for cute floral silk robesor shirtswith each bridesmaid and flower girls monogram. You’ll help keep their look flawless and them in style.
Eat Some Food
We highly suggest that you have a solid breakfast and possibly even a snack in your bridal suite so that you don’t have an empty stomach. This doesn’t mix well with mimosas or nerves. With such a busy day ahead of you all, it’s hard to say when the next time you’ll be able to eat will be. Have your bridesmaids and mother each bring something in potluck style or see if the venue has a catered option. Stay on top of your fluids as well. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the hot summer months.
Put the Dress On
It’s time to put the look together. Have your maid-of-honor or someone help you put on your dress and accessories. Be careful when doing so that you don’t rip a seam and that your dress is securely on you. If you have a train, practice having someone bustle the dress so they can quickly do so later. You may want to bring this designated person to the final fitting with you where the seamstress can help them practice all of this.
If you are doing a bridal look session with your photographer or a first look with your fiance, have a designated plan of where you will hide until they see you and how the photographer can best capture these special photos. Also, let them know if there are any props or special poses you would like taken.
Now that you’re ready to walk down the aisle, stop and take a moment. Look in the mirror and smile at how beautiful you look. Share a few special words with your mom and dad. Cherish a fun moment with your bridesmaids. Then start your way to the ceremony for it’s time to say “I do” and start your new life together.
Need help with the timeline and all the details? Hitch Studio can help with anything you may need in preparation of that very special day. Our first meeting is free, so don’t hesitate to contact us today and see if we’re a good fit! We can be your wedding decorators (Level 1), your wedding day-of coordinator (Level 2) or your full wedding planner (Level 3).
We can’t wait to hear more!