Getting ready on your wedding day
Good morning lovely blog readers. I was sat in my PJs on Saturday night thinking about how I got here…kids, the answer is kids! I used to love getting ready with friends for nights out. Working in nightclubs meant that every night I wasn’t at work I was off out and actually most nights after work too! Nowadays I have three kids running round and it’s just not the same. On the odd occasion I do get to go out, the teenager is always stealing my GHD hair dryer so I can never find it, The four year old is trashing my make up and looks like a bad drag queen and my sever year old complains I won’t let him play on the iPad and bugs me not to go out. But getting ready on your wedding day can be exciting, nerve racking and fun.
I may have mentioned before that getting ready the morning I got married didn’t go quite to plan as didn’t realise how far away the hair dressers was from the hotel so my morning didn’t get off to the best start but that didn’t stop me from enjoying my morning, and my day for that matter.
When getting ready on your wedding day I think it’s great to create a relaxing atmosphere. Not all brides are nervous on their wedding morning but a lot are. There is a lot of planning that goes into a wedding as well as a lot of money and sometimes it can be hard to remember that your wedding day is just one chapter in your love story. I read a great blog a while ago where Siobhan mentioned that at the wedding of one of her best friends they had a room for getting ready in, a make up room which I think is a great idea. I love the thought of music, make up, mini bottles of prosecco with straws, although not too many. No one wants to see the bride ricochet down the aisle, although I suppose it would make your wedding stand out. The photographer capturing you and your maids and some banging tunes. What more could a bride want?!
Before the big day
Everyone will tell you that it’s important to get a good nights sleep. Well that’s easier said than done. I remember the night before I got married and I hardly slept at all. There were so many thoughts that were going through my head. I was excited and nervous and, one of the things I do a lot, I was making lists in my head so trust me, I know from experience this isn’t easy.
You need to make sure that you look after your skin so make sure you drink plenty of water, steer clear of things that will dull your skin such as caffeine and alcohol. Try to remember to take your make up off. I am terrible for this and quite often wake up looking like a panda!
Getting ready on your wedding day
The first thing when getting ready is to know the timeline. What is going to happen and when, who gets ready where and where do people need to be. When you know your timeline it will help make your day stress free. If you are using an on the day wedding coordinator, that’s our job we will put together your timeline for you based on what you tell us you want and we will make sure that you have enough time and aren’t rushing to get down the aisle.
Some blogs say that when getting ready it’s important that the bride has her hair and make up done first. If anything were to go wrong, she needs to have time for it to be put right. She also needs to be ready first if she is having pre ceremony photographs with parents etc. Other blogs say for her to get ready last so that the photographer can arrive to take those getting ready shots. To be honest, if you have your timeline sorted it doesn’t matter who gets ready first, as long as you know who needs to be ready when!
Make sure you eat
You may not feel like eating on the morning of your wedding but try and have something light. Eating will help you throughout the day it will curb any hunger pangs, it will line your stomach if you are having a glass of champagne or two when getting ready and it will make sure you have enough energy to last the day.
Hang your dress
Your dress needs to breathe. You need to make sure you hang your dress as soon as you are able and let any small wrinkles from transporting it drop out of it. Just make sure it isn’t hanging near the make up, hair straighteners or the prosecco! When its hanging it gives your photographer the opportunity to capture some great shots.
Give yourself space
When getting ready on your wedding day you need to think about the room. Getting ready in a room that is too small and too dark will not do a thing to settle your nerves. It will get hot from the bodies, hair dryers and straighteners. I don’t know about you but if I’m too hot when I’m getting ready I get really annoyed and my make up starts to slide and to be quite honest I would probably throw a little hissy fit.
The room needs to be big enough for you, it needs to be light enough to be able to do make up and for your photographer to take some amazing photos.
Having space for the bride is also a good idea. Whilst it’s nice to get ready surrounded by bridesmaids and people you love, you may also want some space to gather your thoughts before you take the trip down the aisle.
Songs to get ready to
Having the perfect playlist can really make getting ready on your wedding day seem like a party in itself. Here is my wedding morning playlist. What’s in your top ten?
As usual I can’t restrict myself to just a top ten so a couple of bonus tracks…
Hair and Make up
When getting your hair and make up done its always a idea to have practice runs beforehand. When I got married I wanted a different look to normal. I went round lots of different make up counters in Debenhams and experimented with looks so by the time I came to decide what I wanted on the day I knew what worked for me and what didn’t. It’s also important that whilst you are getting ready you wear something that you can take off without disturbing your wedding hair and make up.
Your emergency kit
If you are using a wedding planner or on the day coordinator you need to check that they will bring an emergency kit. It will consist of all the things experience tells us that you will need such as tweezers, straws and earring backs. There are lots of lists out there that give advice on what you might need if you are not using a wedding coordinator but why not get in touch and let me put something together for you?
Something will go wrong
There will always be little hiccups along the way so have someone run interference so when you are getting ready on your wedding day you can concentrate on you. If you are using a wedding planner or on the day coordinator it will be their job to make sure that you don’t notice but if you are not have someone work as a buffer. Give your phone to someone you trust and let them field your messages but just roll with it and remember why you are there. This is just one chapter in your love story.
Have you planned your morning already? Why not drop me a line and let me know what it looks like?