Essential Advice for Your Wedding Day
It has finally come - the day of your wedding. You and your partner have survived months of budgeting, planning, meeting with suppliers and talking about this day. All the hard work is over and your only job left is to enjoy your big day and trust that the professionals you have hired will do their jobs and you just need to sit back, relax, and have a good time.
Many brides have a very early start on their wedding day with make-up and hair turning up to your home or hotel early to ensure everyone is ready on time. However, if you do have time, start your morning off with a relaxing bath or a massage, as you deserve to start this hectic day as cool and relaxed as you possibly can! Try to eat something for breakfast, as you may not have another opportunity until dinner to eat.
Once your suppliers start arriving to take care of you will be able to sit back and take it all in and the day will begin to unfold. The best advice you can be given is to just go with the flow and enjoy the day for what it is.
Below is a typical wedding day timeline to give you an idea of what to expect on the day;
- The bride and bridesmaids will generally wake up early as most wedding hair and make-up will require an early start.
- The Groom, the best man and groomsmen are likely to wake a little later, have breakfast together and bond over an early game of golf or a beer while getting ready.
- The photographer and videographer will arrive first at the groom’s hotel or home to take photos of the groom getting ready and some group photo's of the groom, groomsmen, best man and any other family members that may be there.
- The photographer and videographer will then make their way to the brides hotel or home to take photos of her getting ready with her bridesmaids and commonly her mother. This is an opportunity for the bride to enjoy a glass of champagne while getting her hair and make-up done!
- Bride will get dressed after having her hair and make-up done. Remember your bridal garter! A nice photo opportunity is the maid of honour helping lace up the bride’s gown.
- Bridal Bouquets should have arrived by now for the bride and her bridal party and also buttonhole flowers for the guys at their hotel.
- More Photos! The photographer takes photos of the bride and her bridal party when they are all ready with hair and make-up done with their bouquets.
- Wedding car will arrive and pick up the groom, best man and groomsmen and drop them at the ceremony venue at least 30 minutes ahead of the bride arriving.
- One or more wedding cars will arrive to pick up the bride, father of the bride, bridesmaids and maid of honour. The photographer will most likely catch shots of the bride getting out of the car on arriving at the ceremony and a few of the bride with her dad before they enter the ceremony venue. It is common for the limousine to take a detour and drive around until it is the right time to arrive at the church or ceremony venue. At this stage all the guests have arrived, the groom and his best man and groomsmen are at the front of the church awaiting the bride and the rest of the bridal party.
- At this point the videographer and photographer will be in place ready to start filming and taking photos when the bride begins her walk down the isle.
- The wedding ceremony will begin.
- After the ceremony more group and family photos are taken and the videographer films the newlyweds as they make their way out of the church.
- The wedding cars will transport the bride and groom and their bridal party to chosen locations for their wedding photos.
- Your guests will make their way to the reception venue where they will be served beverages and mingle with other guests.
- Your guests will enjoy canapés and drinks for an hour before moving to the reception room.
- Following the bridal party photos the wedding cars will transport the group to the reception venue.
- Your guests will either find their table numbers on a seating chart or will be escorted to their tables.
- The Master of Ceremonies (MC) will introduce themselves and perhaps talks about how they know the bride and groom and then will announce that dinner will be served shortly.
- The Master of Ceremonies introduces the bridal party. The traditional order is firstly the bride’s parents, groom’s parents, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the maid of honour and best man and lastly the newlyweds.
- Wedding speeches generally start after dinner after.
- The MC or DJ announces the first dance for the newlyweds.
- After the first dance, the rest of the bridal party is asked to join the dance floor.
- The MC or DJ announces that everyone else can join the dance floor.
- The MC or DJ announces the cutting of the wedding cake.
- The groom removes and throws the wedding garter to the single male guests at the wedding.
- The brides throws a bouquet, usually a bridesmaids bouquet or “throwaway” bouquet specially made for the bouquet toss to all the single female guests as the wedding.
- Wedding cake and coffee or tea is served.
- The newlyweds thank their wedding guests and guests form a receiving line to say their goodbyes.
The above format may not suit everyone and it is a great thing that brides and grooms individualise their wedding day to suit them however you might like to use it as a rough guide in your planning.
Finally, there are a few simple things that you can do before your wedding to prepare you for the day. The first and most important is to ensure that you have arranged and attended hair and make-up trials and that you know what you want and are happy with the results. Before you attend the trials, consider what will suit your style of wedding gown, face shape and also what will work if you are intending on wearing a veil or headpiece.
Be honest at your trials if there is something that you are not sure about or don’t like – do it now so you won’t be feeling unsure or unhappy about it on your biggest day! This will ease a huge amount of stress and doubt knowing that it is what you want and what you expect and that it works! This is a very obvious thing however some girls skip this step due to trial costs however let me tell you it’s worth it!