Getting your hair done at 7am, makeup at 9:30am, nails at 10:45am…wait did you drink your coffee yet? Can’t forget to call the best man and make sure all the guys are up and ready; did someone pick up the bouquets yet? In fact, where is your phone, someone find your cell phone stat! As if you don’t have a wedding to get ready for!? Well during all of the chaos there are 5 things that you or your maid of honor need to make sure you do today…besides get married.
Now I’m not saying stuff your face full of carbs, end up bloated and not able to fit into your wedding dress, nor do I mean to devour a bunch of salty snacks to make you retain water. But since you are center of attention and will be hearing your name all day, it will be very easy to forget to eat. Now if you have an afternoon wedding, have some fruits, veggies and maybe some nuts after all of your appointments. These foods will sustain you, give you energy but won’t make you “over the top” full. Also be sure to have a water bottle kicking around. It might also be a good idea to ask your planner to have a food tray of some sort set up in the bridal suite so that after the ceremony and pictures you can all nibble here and there. It’s a long wait to dinner and we don’t need the bride or bridal party members fainting Scarlett O’Hara style.
So many things are about to happen all at once, 5 people talking all at once, 3 cell phones going off, crying ring bearer and someone shut that dog up! Weddings are exciting for everyone but keep in mind there will be moments of pandemonium. You need to take a step back, or step outside your hotel room, lock yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes- and breathe. Slow deep breaths from your belly (the diaphragm) will ensure oxygen goes to every part of your body. When you breathe, your tummy should expand outward (like when you practiced your fake pregnant belly in front of the mirror- we know you did). Keeping calm will prevent dizzy spells, hot flashes and sweating…this is a good day!
- Have a quiet moment with your parent(s)
Let’s face it, Dad walks you down the aisle, mom gives her tear jerker Oscar-winning speech, father daughter dance and that is pretty much all you will see of your parents. If you have a lot of guests, you and your partner will be working the room all night. It will be hard to steal a few minutes away with your parents since you will be in high demand. A good time for this might be 15 minutes before the ceremony, ask you MOH to clear the room so your parents can come in and impart their words of wisdom in private. This way they will be happy and not feel hurt that they didn’t get as much time with you on your big day as they had hoped.
- Minimize checking your social media
If you can help it… Yes you want everyone who couldn’t make it or who lived out of country to be updated on who fought over the bouquet toss but this is your day…live it fully. To be constantly checking your phone or social media will be annoying to those who want your attention and distasteful to those who know nothing about social media i.e. your grandparents! Post everything the next day if it’s that important but if you have friends or family who have traveled far to come for your big day, that merits appreciation.
- Bring extra shoes
This should be common sense but it can be something forgotten in all the hoopla and wedding day prep. The ceremony and perfect poising are now over which means the 4 inch heels you’ve had your feet jammed into all day and have been complimented on- are coming off! Not that we think a cute pair of running shoes will prompt you to runaway Julia Roberts style but if you truly want to enjoy your reception, fist pump to Rihanna, then flats are a must!