Essential Advice for Your Wedding Day
By Keith Kingston
You've been engaged for months, you've made it
through planning the ceremony, the attire, the
reception, the honeymoon -- and you haven't killed
each other yet. The worst is over. When you wake
up on the morning of your wedding day, your only
job is to go along for the ride, enjoy every
moment and make some memories. Read on for essential
advice for your wedding day.
Both of you have been waiting and planning for
a long time in order to make this day go off
without a hitch. Just be aware that things NEVER
go as planned, so expect the unexpected and don't
get too worked up about it. It is the unexpected
events that make the best stories for years to
come. Relax and have a good time. This is your
day to celebrate your blissful union.
The day of the wedding is often more stressful
for the bride than any of the planning process
has been. Start your morning off with a relaxing
bubble bath or a massage at the spa. You deserve
to start this hectic day as cool and relaxed
as you possibly can be. Do it alone if you need
some private time (since you will be surrounded
by people ogling and vying for your attention
for the remainder of the day). If you are nervous
and need to chat, invite the bridesmaids along
for some pre-wedding pampering.
Have all appointments made ahead of time and
allow plenty of time for hairdos, make-up, manicures,
etc. Have a close friend who is not part of the
wedding party act as your gopher for the day.
If you get a run in your pantyhose, they'll be
on call to run to the store. If your florist
is running late, they are in charge of calling
the company. This will keep you removed from
most of the stressful situation and keep you
moving on schedule. Don't forget to give your
friend a gift for helping you through any wedding
day glitches! Arrive at the church with plenty
of time to spare. Remember, you MIGHT tear up
a bit, so have plenty of tissues handy as to
not smear that gorgeous make-up.
Spend the last few minutes before the wedding
starts with your bridesmaids. Do some deep breathing
if you're nervous and think about how long you
have been awaiting this precious day.
It is perfectly normal for the groom to wake
up a bit jittery on the morning of his wedding.
The best way to handle the stress of this day
is to make sure you have all your responsibilities
completed ahead of time so you can spend this
day in a stress-free zone. Things to double-check
the preceding week include travel plans for the
honeymoon, transportation from church to reception
and reception to airport and cost of anyone you
will be paying on the actual wedding day (and
remember to have plenty of extra cash for tipping-EVERYONE
involved expects to be tipped at least 15%).
Sleep in. Having plenty of rest is important
before the hours of socializing you'll be doing
today. When you get up, a long jog or a trip
to the gym is often just what you'll need to
work off some of those anxious feelings. Allow
plenty of time to get ready and arrive early
at the church.
Spend some time horsing around with your groomsmen.
Take some deep breaths and wait for your beautiful
Keith Kingston is a professional web publisher
who offers advice on cheap wedding stationery
such as invitations, place cards, thank you cards
and order of service booklets.
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