1. Designate one person to manage all the day-of details. This can be your mother, a bridesmaid, your wedding planner or a friend – doesn’t matter, as long as they have a list of what needs to be done and you trust them to accomplish the task.
2. Plan ahead where you’re going to be getting ready. I’m lucky enough to have a suite in the venue where I can do my hair/makeup and get dressed. If you don’t have this option, make sure you take time to decide where you’ll be getting that dress on before you walk down the aisle.
3. Coordinate with all vendors at least 48 hours in advance to make sure that timing is on. For us, we needed to spend a little extra money to get the DJ in earlier and avoid having his van block our wedding. If we didn’t talk about this ahead of time, there would have been a big van (and some guys!) blocking the entrance where I’ll be walking out. No good!
4. Expect a disaster, and don’t stress out when it happens. You know how everyone keeps saying this will be the best day of your life, and don’t sweat the small stuff? It’s cliche, but it’s true. Keep your head up and focus on what’s really important. Everything that needs to fall into place will.
5. MAKE SURE TO EAT. I’ve had many, MANY brides tell me that they got a little too drunk or ended up sleepier than than planned. Just because you’ve been dieting all month (or longer) doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of this food you’re spending big bucks on for the wedding day. Eat, drink and be merry!
What are your tips for a great wedding?