Tips for My Brides after Being a Bride Myself

As many of you who have been following along on the blog may know, early this month I was a bride! Our wedding day was so incredible, and I’ll be sure to share more on that in posts to come, but today I thought I’d share some advice while it’s fresh in my mind. So here are my top tips for any soon to be brides after being a bride myself!
Bride Tip #1
Eat and drink the morning of your wedding, even if your not hungry! I know nerves and excitement are probably in full force, but it’s so important that you stay hydrated and eat. Sugary things may help as well, especially if you have a summer wedding. They’ll give you a little boost in the summer heat! The morning of my wedding, I ate a bagel and a cup of fruit for breakfast. Then around lunch time had half a turkey sandwich. Looking back I wish I had eaten more and drank more water. I got slightly over-heated during the end of our family portraits (which were before the ceremony) that I had to go upstairs to eat & drink in front of a fan to cool down!
Bride Tip #2
Eat your appetizers and entree! Our venue brought a platter of appetizers up to us after the ceremony so we could eat before we mingled with guests at cocktail hour. Tony took advantage of that, but I was so focused on getting my dress bustled that I only had one bite before it was time to join our guests. When we sat down for dinner, I barely touched my food because I was so excited for speeches, dances and mingling. Make sure you eat your dinner. You’ll need the fuel for dancing!
Bride Tip #3
Have two bags packed. One for items that may be needed for getting ready either at your home or hotel. In the second bag pack anything you may need for touch-ups at your venue. I did this on my wedding day and it kept me from pacing around my hotel room when we were ready to head to the venue. I knew I had everything in my bag for the venue and didn’t have to dig through bags or stress myself out.
Bride Tip #4

Take breaks during dancing to walk around and mingle with people who aren’t big dancers. I’m huge into dancing the night away at weddings ( and a lot of my girlfriends are the same way). I was always found on the dance floor unless I got a little overheated and needed to step outside for a bit for some fresh air. I wish I had taken a couple minutes to around the tables and say hi to some of the other guests who maybe aren’t as big into dancing as I am.

Bride Tip #5

Take a few minutes to see your reception space before your guests do. I did this and it was one of the best decisions I made. I cried. Flat out balled. All the hard work, indecisiveness about decor, selection on flowers and linen colors was totally worth it. It all looked so incredible that it took my breath away. I had time to view it all with Tony and thank our vendors for all their amazing work.

Bride Tip #6

If any curve-balls are thrown your way, don’t sweat it! It’s not worth it! You’ve worked so hard on planning the perfect wedding for you and your fiance. It’s time to sit back and enjoy it together! The most important thing is you’re there together to celebrate your marriage and you’re surrounded by people who love you. Little story — my mom misplaced my dad’s tie the day of my wedding. She was so upset, but I couldn’t help but just laugh, shrug my shoulders, and say “oh well.” I was just happy that my dad was there and didn’t care if he had a tie or not! Don’t let the little things stress you out the day of — all that matters is love.

*Photography by Rachael Osborn Photography

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