We all know that weddings can be stressful, but they don’t need to be! Hopefully you’re staying chilled out and calm, but having now been to so many weddings I’ve lost count, I thought I would share a few top tips to help things run smoothly on the day. All the planning before the big day will be totally worth it, but I often see little things have a big impact because nobody saw them coming. That’s where my top wedding day survival tips come in…
You’ve probably thought of the obvious things like having brollies and tissues, but here are 10 things you might not think of – and hopefully you won’t need! – but planning them in advance might be the difference between wedding day stress and total zen mastery. You’ll find most of these items in my camera bag at all times – most of them are just as useful when working at a wedding as they are if it’s your day!
Ok I’m probably starting on an obvious one but it’s probably the most important too. It’s super hard to stay hydrated on the best of days unless you’re in a really good habit of drinking water, but on your wedding day it tends to get even easier to forget. I often spend morning prep melting in hotel rooms that aren’t used to having so many people running around in them, so I can only imagine everyone else in the room is boiling too! With nerves kicking in, champagne for breakfast and possibly an earlier morning/longer day than you’re used to, make sure you’ve thought ahead on the hydration front.
Start in advance of the wedding and try to make sure you’re getting enough water (your skin will thank you too), and on the day try and be prepared by having bottles of water handy for everyone who is getting ready with you. It’s probably a good idea to alternate your boozy drinks later on with water, but the morning is most definitely the time you’ll want to chug as much as you can (make sure you go to the loo before the ceremony though!).
2. Sleep mask and earplugs
Ok so this one is another for doing before the day rather than on it, but it’s another one that’s going to be important. GET SOME SLEEP. If you’re anything like me and your sleeping pattern is terrible, this is even more important but either way you need to get a good night’s kip before the wedding. Whenever I’m bedding down before a wedding I make sure I have a sleep mask and earplugs to hand, just in case. You never know when the neighbour’s burglar alarm will go off at 1am or someone will decide to have a party the night before your wedding, but if you’re prepared then it needn’t be an issue! Not to mention that it’ll help soothe away any nerves and let you get some quality shut-eye.
I absolutely love Optrex warming eye masks – I always carry them with me if I’m in a hotel the night before a wedding, and I keep some in my night stand. They are my secret weapon when I can’t sleep!
3. First aid kit inc blister plasters and painkillers
Hopefully you’ll either have had some time to break in your wedding shoes, or you’ve gone for something amazingly comfortable. However, just in case – blister plasters are your friend. You’re going to be on your feet way more than the average person usually is in a day and the last thing you want is to be in pain. Any kind of pain for that matter! So have a little emergency first aid kit to hand just in case. Antiseptic wipes, plasters, painkillers, and any occasional medicine you may need. You never know when a headache will kick in or someone will prick their finger on a buttonhole.
With plenty of white fabric around, you definitely don’t want anyone bleeding! Designating a bridesmaid or usher as your wedding first aider will mean that at any point in the day a minor ailment won’t be a problem. Obviously all venues will have a proper first aid kit but you don’t need to be faffing about finding someone when all you need is a plaster.
4. Sewing kit with safety pins & scissors
On a similar note, having a little sewing kit to hand can be extremely useful. Whenever I stay in a hotel that has them with the room toiletries I usually pinch one for my camera bag, and they come in handy more than you’d think. Sometimes little snags happen and can be easily fixed, and the humble safety pin can save many a wardrobe malfunction. Again, having it to hand will just mean that you don’t need to hunt one down in the middle of a panic. Not to mention a pair of scissors for emergency label removal or loose thread chopping.
5. Heel protectors
Ok so apparently not everyone knows heel guards exist, which is a tragedy. They are absolutely genius – simply pop these bad boys on a pair of heels and voila! You won’t sink if the ground is a little bit soft. You also won’t wreck your shoes, and you can just take them off when you go back inside. They’re tiny so they’ll fit in a handbag, and they’re really cheap so you can get them for the whole bridal party without breaking the bank.
6. Sun cream and sunglasses
Let’s face it, you have to be prepared in good old England for any type of weather, but it’s usually rain. Whilst most people think to get brollies and wellies, I find that many don’t think about sunshine. Getting married in a strapless dress in July? Get some sun cream on! It’s so easy to forget but the last thing you want is to end up looking like a lobster by the end of the day. Get yourself some awesome wedding sunnies too – not only will you protect your eyes but you’ll look cool doing it.
7. Dealing with mother nature on your wedding day…
Men, if you’re squeamish (though you shouldn’t be!), skip to the next tip. Ladies, let’s talk periods. Some of you are going to end up having to think about them on your wedding day and you might be having the white dress panic. First of all, don’t worry! Follow your usual routine, make sure you are stocked up on your usual products and you’ll be fine. However, if you want a little bit of added protection you might want to think about getting yourself a pair of these magical period pants. They’re reusable and anti microbial, they are SUPER comfy (I’ve got some, you can quote me on that), and they’ll give you an added layer of protection against any mishaps so you can forget all about it. If you decide to check them out, the link above will give you $10 off your first purchase.
8. Nail glue/eyelash glue
If you’re having any kind of false lashes, make sure you’ve got a stash of glue just in case they decide to come loose! Nail glue on the other hand just comes in generally really handy. Obviously it’s great for fixing broken nails but it’s also good in a pinch for fixing things that just need a little helping hand to stick back together.
9. Dental floss
I have no idea if it’s just me, but my teeth are basically food magnets. It’s like the photography gods know when I will be having my photo taken, and they usually choose those moments to whack a giant piece of spinach right in the middle of my gnashers. I combat this by carrying floss with me at all times! It seems a silly little thing really, but being able to whip it out easily and quickly de-spinach has saved me from many a day spent pulling that face we all do when we are trying to excavate the food on the sly.
No, I haven’t gone mad or run out of stuff to talk about. Bananas are full of B vitamins, which are really good for nerves. If you think you might have a few too many butterflies, have a banana for breakfast and you should feel tip top. The high potassium levels will also help you stay hydrated, and other nutrients contribute to relaxation and serotonin/melatonin production which help promote calmness and regulate sleep. So bananas are basically magic! Fun fact, I made myself eat one before my 3rd driving test (Yes I said 3rd! And I don’t actually like bananas) and I passed with flying colours! So there you go, proof that they’re magic.
There you have it, my top wedding day survival tips! So now that you know you’ll be an alert, relaxed, zen-like wedding day master, why not drop me a line and tell me all about your plans?