Every bride wants to plan a wedding that is picture perfect and comes together seamlessly. As one of the most special and important days of your life, it’s important to find a way to make it your own. And while the big things, like picking a venue and choosing a unique Azazie bridal gown is critical to the overall success of your day, sometimes the devil is in the details.
Here are some of the most significant things you should and should not do to ensure that your wedding day is everything you want it to be.
DON’T forget to sit during your wedding dress fitting. While you want to ensure that your wedding dress fits correctly and looks good on you as you’re walking down the aisle and into the arms of your intended, there is one small test that many brides fail to remember: how does my dress fit when I sit down? Whether you’ve chosen a full ball gown or a chic slip dress, it is possible that things may not look quite the same when you’re sitting. Not only that, but a tighter dress might even end up ripping if you move the wrong way during the day, and we don’t need to tell you how disastrous that would be!
Instead of focusing completely on what your dress looks like as you stand elegantly in front of a mirror, be sure to do a real test-run: walk around, sit, and maybe even dance a bit to ensure that everything stays in place and moves with you the way you want it to on your big day. Keep in mind that belts can bind, certain materials wrinkle easily, and undergarments can ride up in the most uncomfortable manner, so be sure the many ways your body will be moving throughout the events of the day. Make sure to give your entire ensemble a trial run, from your underclothing to the bustier to the belts, shoes, and accouterment. Depending on the type of clasps, buttons, or other things you are using, it could take quite a bit of time and effort to fasten (or unfasten) it on the big day!
DO communicate with your DJ. Too often, brides and grooms assume that professionals, once hired, will do their job. Unfortunately, DJs have a wide range of musical selections and every wedding, just like each couple they serve, is different. Nothing can spoil a wedding reception like music that stinks, so be sure to let your DJ know you’re preferred musical selections and ensure that he understands your music taste. Determine a list of “must have” songs, and if there are others, like the Bunny Hop, that you don’t want to play no matter who requests them, be sure they are crossed off his list!
There is much more to being a DJ than keeping the (good) music coming! Make sure that your DJ knows how to pronounce all of the names of anyone who will be announced at the reception, and that he understands the flow of events for the evening. It is important that he is clear about what his role is- is he just spinning the tunes or is he the master of ceremonies? Maybe you have some special surprises planned for the evening that will require his help in getting your guests involved. If you expect him to keep the evening moving, be sure he is aware of what you expect.
DO delegate day-of chores to your wedding party. The men and women in your bridal party are called “attendants” for a reason. Not only are they friends and family you want close to you on your special day, but they are also people who legitimately want to help you out on your big day if it’s needed.
Maybe there is one friend who can double check the all the table settings and flower arrangements, so you don’t have to worry. Maybe you have a particularly sassy friend who can handle any difficult wait staff or an empathetic sibling who can be a “handler” for your emotionally unpredictable mother-in-law. Perhaps there is a time-conscious cousin who can ensure that everyone is where they are supposed to be at any given time. While it’s impossible to anticipate everything that you might need on the day of, it’s never a bad idea to pull a few attendants aside in the days leading up to the event and let them know you might need them for a particular role on your big day.
Your wedding day is full of important details, so try to plan ahead so that you can deal with the unexpected. Do you have any advice for brides-to-be? Feel free to share here.