Getting married can prove to be an absolute whirlwind of emotions. From the stresses of planning to the sheer joy and love you feel when walking down that aisle, it truly is one of the most memorable days of your life.
So, before your big day comes around, it’s always useful to get some hints and tips from those who have been there and done it. To help you, here’s 8 things brides wish they’d known before the wedding…
That last minute facial isn’t always a good idea
What’s more relaxing before your big day than a soothing facial, right? Well, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Treatments don’t always bode well with skin, leaving some brides with unfortunate rashes and pimples. So, take it from them and steer clear of trying any new beauty regimes too close to your big day.
Taking on too many DIY projects isn’t always easy
You might have a Pinterest board brimming with DIY wedding decor that you can’t wait to get started on. However, taking too much on beforehand is something many brides have lived to regret. Things may seem simple and cost-effective at the start, but if you try to do everything you could risk burning out and having to pay for alternatives in the end anyway. Just be wary of this and plan your time effectively if you’re set on doing lots of things yourself.
Remember to spend time with your loved ones
Your actual wedding day can fly by in a flash. It’s one of the most special days of your life yet often the quickest. When looking back on their big days, many brides regret taking the time out to spend with their guests.
So, make sure you take the time to really be in the moment. If something goes wrong, don’t spend precious minutes or even hours chasing a solution or stressing. Things happen and you’ll regret wasted time so be in the moment and lap up every minute with those important to you.
It won’t be 100% perfect
Well what is? There’s always going to be something, whether that’s uncle Roy getting a bit too merry during the toasts or timings having to be adjusted. Don’t get stressed, think about the real reason you’re all there. You’re marrying the love of your life – so what if the centrepieces aren’t quite the shade of blue you chose in the shop.
DON’T check the weather!
As UK residents, we know that rain is a possibility no matter what time of year it is. Your phone’s weather app is not your friend in the days leading up to your wedding so don’t touch it. Remember that come rain or shine, you will have a ball once the day comes around.
Yes, nobody wants to get rained on but the emotions you will feel on that day will make you see past the weather – good or bad. So, there’s no point in getting in a pickle two days before when you see that sideways rain is forecast…
Spare a thought for your guests
It’s easy to get swept into the fine details like the shade of pink you’re choosing for the favour bags or whether you should opt for curls instead of an up-do. This is understandable as this is meant to be one of the most special days of your life so it’s ok to get stuck into the fine details.
However, when planning, it’s easy to forget about the people that are going to share your day with you. Remember, when it comes to guests, little touches go a long way. Think about ways you can make their day more memorable or enjoyable. Midnight snacks, flip-flops for the ladies or blankets if it’s going to get a little nippy at night. These are the type of touches that won’t go unnoticed.
It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be stressful. So, a honeymoon can make for the most timely break you’ll ever have. Not only is it a special time for you both, it also helps you to unwind and come down from the euphoria of your big day. It’s therefore well worth keeping some money aside in your wedding budget to book that all important break.
Get onto those thank you notes
Brides that leave this for months seriously regret it. It’s one of those things that will just hang over you, so get it sorted swiftly. Try to sit down and do this straight after your honeymoon. That way you’ll still be in wedding mode and brimming full of wedding memories. It’s also when you’ll open your presents so it will be easier to thank guests for the special gifts they chose for you.
To sum up
The main thing that rings true when all brides look back on their big day is remembering to be in the moment. Whether it rains or shines, it’s all about remembering to enjoy every, single minute.