Your wedding day is one of the most magical and important days of your life. You’ve poured your heart and soul into this. You’ve probably spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on decorations, venues, attire, food and more, dozens of hours planning each step in the process, and stressed over every minute detail. Even with all this buildup and planning, there are still unplanned moments and special memories that await you on the day of. Here are 5 things about your wedding day that nobody talks about.
1. The wedding day flies by.
You may be spending days and weeks of your life planning for this day, but it goes by in a flash. I always try to stress to couples that it’s important to put aside some time for yourselves as newlyweds on your wedding day. I’ve been to so many weddings where the couple has hundreds of guests and barely even have time to eat, let alone talk to each other on their special day!
2. Something will go wrong.
You may meticulously plan your day out, or even have a wedding planner do it all for you, but even the best laid plans go awry. Whether it be a minor fashion emergency or major time crunch, remember to remind yourself that it’s okay if it doesn’t all go perfectly to plan. Think about the big picture and whether it makes a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. If it can be easily solved, feel free to ask for help from your planner, relatives, or bridal party. As a photographer, I have stepped in numerous times to assist with scheduling crunches or fixing decorations.
3. Clean your rings before the wedding day.
As a photographer, I always make sure to get several close up shots of the wedding rings. They’re the symbol of your marriage, after all! A lot of couples don’t realize they should get their jewelry, especially the engagement ring, cleaned so it’s in tip top shape for photos. You might not get the gorgeous luster and sparkle from your rings if they haven’t been cleaned properly. You can use jewelry cleaning devices or get it cleaned at your local jeweler — some even perform this service for free.
4. Pack an emergency kit.
A wedding day emergency kit that contains toiletries and essentials can go a long way to easing your worries and help with minor issues that might spring up. Pack it well in advance (3-4 weeks) of your wedding and give it to a trusted member of your bridal party on the day of. Here are some of the most important things to pack:
- Makeup for touch-ups
- Stain remover to keep your outfit looking perfect for photos
- Sewing kit (for any minior fashion emergencies)
- Backup earrings
- Tissues (for those wedding tears)
- Printed wedding day timeline copy — keeps you on schedule!
- Bobby pins
- Safety pins (these can help in case your dress isn’t cooperating)
- Dental floss
- Hair spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Lip balm (you definitely don’t want chapped lips!)
- Lint roller
- Phone charger
- Band aids
- A snack — the guests may be at cocktail hour but you’ll be taking family photos and famished!
5. Your face might hurt from smiling.
Your photographer will be telling you to smile so much you might feel like your face muscles have done a workout by the end of the day. That’s not including all the smiling you’ll be doing because you’re marrying your best friend and having the greatest day of your life 🙂
Use these tips to be prepared for anything on your wedding day! Next, check out How to Look Amazing in Wedding Pictures