With all of the hard work and months of planning behind you, it’s common to to feel at a loose end a week out from your wedding day. To help ease the nerves, here’s a check list of eleventh hour considerations!
If you’re jetting off straight after your big day, the last thing you want to do is fuss around with honeymoon logistics when recovering from your wedding. Get the admin out of the way now so you don’t have to stress over it later. With this in mind, print off all of your tickets and travel documents, exchange your money, buy travel insurance, ensure you’ve bought all of the clothes and toiletries needed, and start your packing. This preparation will help take away unnecessary pressure after the wedding and leave you free to get excited!
CREATE AN EMERGENCY KIT
Here’s a top tip for you. To allow you to have everything you may need on your wedding day close to hand, put together a survival kit and allocate the task of looking after it to one of your bridal party. Such items may include, makeup, tissues, plasters, mints or gum, water, safety pins (in case of dress emergencies!), a mirror, something to snack on, pain killers, and any other medication. As photographers and videographers, we have an emergency kit for what we do, and so should you!
HAIR & SKIN TREATMENTS
With the big day looming and the excitements building, it’s time to concentrate on the little things that add up to making you feel and look your best. If you’re planning on hitting the sun beds or tanning booths, do so several days before the wedding to give the tan time to settle, whilst if you’re planning a wax, again leave time for any redness of the skin to fade. Other cosmetic jobs may include hair cuts or a sequence of face masks.
CHECK THE WEATHER
So lets face it, we can never fully predict or control the weather on our wedding day - as I’m writing this it’s July, yet the rain is pelting down outside of the window. This said I refuse to get down beat about a rainy wedding day and with a bit or prior planning, nor should you! Whilst it may not feel ideal, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing the wellies and umbrella’s and getting out there for some dramatic photographs! On the flip side, extreme heat needs equal consideration. If you burn easily, sun lotion is a must (talk to your makeup artist about how to use lotion in conjunction with your makeup), and ensure you have access to plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. Ultimately, the key is to enjoy the day regardless of what the weather throws at you. Make the most of it, and remember the reason you’re there in the first place!
THE DAY BEFORE!
At this point your hard work and preparations are pretty much done. It’s time to exhale a deep breath and relax. What’s done is done, and whatever happens, you’re about to have the time of your lives! You may want a last minute pedicure or manicure, and if you’re getting married at a venue which requires your efforts in decorating it, corral as many family and friends as you can, and together you’ll get it done in no time. All that’s left now is to have yourselves an early night... oh and don’t be tempted to drink too much the night before. Trust me, you’ll regret it!
On the day, the only advice to give is to keep in mind the bigger picture. Don’t stress over the small things and enjoy the experience wherever it takes you. All of your hard work is about to pay off and you are going to make a lifetime of memories with the people who you cherish the most.